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Angeles ArrienAngeles Arrien, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and consultant to many organizations and businesses. She lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions. Her work is currently used in medical, academic, and corporate environments. She is the President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and she has received three honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of her work.

Angeles’ books include?The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary; Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them,?(Winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award); and?The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom,?(Winner of the 2007 Nautilus Award for Best Book on Aging). Her recent book,?Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life?is a Gold Medal Co-Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Award) in the category of Inspiration & Spirituality.

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Monthly Reflection

Happy New Year!

acorns-twoMay all that is unforgiven in you, be released.
May all your fears yield to their deepest tranquilities.
May all that is unleashed in you bloom into the future graced with love.
–John O’Donohue, from “To Bless the Space Between Us”

A Blessing Prayer for the New Year

May you be surrounded by many prayers, love, blessings and protection on your journey throughout each day and night of the year ahead of you.
May you heal whatever needs healing, release whatever needs releasing, purify whatever needs purification and support the true essence of your heart and being on its journey.
May all the good merits you have performed in this lifetime be multiplied and pacify all obstacles, purify any negative karma or obscurations throughout this year and in yers to come.
On your journey through this new year, May your True Essence not be caught in any deluded or illusory states as daily life brings you new lessons in all areas of your life, so that you can become a whole human being.
May all that has been an obstacle for you in this lifetime be diminished and resolved within this year.
May you be responsible for and overcome your own shadow aspects and integrate the good, true and beautiful in your nature.
May all the Angels, your Ancestors and Allies guide you and Protect you as you meet every person or situation that comes to your gate.
May all the merit of your good actions you have performed in this life, with body speech and mind, be multiplied many times over for the benefit of others.

Practices

  1. The new year always opens a portal of possibility and renewed refreshment to start again, to generate and manifest what matters most in our hearts and what truly has meaning for us. Spend 15 min each day opening to possibilities you have not considered, and tracking what matters most in your heart.
  2. Take time to set a sacred intention for internal growth and development as well as external creative endeavors. What daily actions will you take to support each? As Albert Schwietzer says, “It is never too late to do the brave thing!”