Rabbi Gershon Winkler and his wife Rabbi Mariam Maron, R.N., M.A. provide deep insights into our Heart and Soul through Kabbalistic/Shamanic Judaism. As quoted from the Walking Stick website: “Employing his usual combination of ancient texts, soul-stirring chants, shamanic journeying and deep belly humor, Gershon will marinate us in the lesser-promulgated teachings of ancient Jewish mystery wisdom that defy conventional religious thinking and challenge us toward heightened consciousness, inner healing, and joyful audacity.”
Amma Ji is a contemporary East Indian Saint. “A one word solution to all the problems the world is facing today is compassion”, Amma Ji.
If you have an opportunity to see Amma, do so. Her hugs are divine bliss. There is tremendous benefit to your Being to be in the presence of a living Saint.
Deepak Chopra teaches meditation and self-care. Don’t let his “popularity” put you off. He has profound insights to share.
Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn sadly left his body, January 22, 2022 in his home country of Vietnam. He was 95 years old. He had devoted his life to Peace on Earth. He was a true Living Saint.
David Whyte is a poet and voice for self compassion. Read him, listen to him, and absorb his teaching self compassion.
Amazingly beautiful photos of African-American Women by Michael Cunningham.
His book: Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats is a MUST SEE by everyone who appreciates
Trymaine Lee’s Show and Podcast: Into America, “…is a show about being Black in America. These stories explore what it means to hold truth to power and this country to its promises. Told by people who have the most at stake.” Trymaine Lee is a Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning journalist
Talks by people who have radical ideas to share with the world. Two favorites of mine: Olaful Eliasson is the artist who transformed NYC’s bridges into magnificent waterfalls (see: www.nycwaterfalls.org); and Chris Jordan who creates photographic images of 21st century excess. Enter their names in the ted.com search field.
This site is for those who need a reason to give up eating meat. And www.foodincmovie.com shows us how our food
is engineered to produce disease. Jane Goodall has a new vegan cookbook, #EATMEATLESS: Good for Animals, the Earth & All.
As the title states, not eating animals is not only good for you, but for our entire Dear World as well. Another excellent vegan cookbook is: The Cajun Vegan Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Classic Cajun Cooking and Southern-Inspired Cuisine, by Krimsey Lilleth.
There is no giving up spices and rich flavor when you give up meat!
Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability. Melissa is founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, an independent organization advancing justice through intersectional scholarship and action. Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University. I became aware of Melissa Harris-Lacewell’s brilliance as she was interviewed on the Rachel Maddow show. Listen to her 1 hour show The TakeAway – airs on NPR stations.
This is Jon Kabat-Zinn’s website. He was one of the first to introduce the modern world to mindfulness meditation.
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s YouTube about Mindfullness Meditation is here: https://youtu.be/3nwwKbM_vJc
Old Lesbians Oral Herstory Project. Read the stories of older Lesbians who lived during a time of true cultural insanity about race, religion, gender, and sexuality.
Bill Moyers has been a voice for Love and Reason for as many years as I can remember. He always features thought provoking guests on topics at the core of our democracy.
Jan Phillips produces a monthly MuseLetter which provides inspiration to seekers. To obtain a copy of the MuseLetter, email Jan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion Rosen is alive, and still working in her 90’s. A Rosen Work experience helped change my life (see: my Blog post: August 6, 2008). After this profound experience, I wrote:
Marion developed the Rosen Method which asks the practitioner to use simple touch, unadorned, without expectation of eliciting a response. It is this simple touch given without ego, without oils or flourish or expectation, which unlocks feelings which have remained hidden for years, nay lifetimes. The miracle of Rosen work is truly the miracle of Life itself. The ability to store, and when the ground is ready, to release.
Three Books by Rabbi Gershon Winkler to change your consciousness:
The Way of the Boundary Crosser, An Introduction to Jewish Flexidoxy © 1998, 2005.
Magic of the Ordinary, Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism © 2003.
Kabbalah 365, Daily Fruit From the Tree of Life © 2004.
These three books by Rabbi Gershon Winkler have profoundly influenced my knowing that Judaism is my Spirit Path.
Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue © 1997. O’Donohue beautifully states his vision of Celtic Love.
Naam or Word, by Kirpal Singh © 1960. Sant Kirpal Singh was the Spiritual Master of my Spiritual Master, Sant Ajaib Singh.
The Jewel of Happiness, by Sant Ajaib Singh © 1984.
Ajaib Singh comments on the teaching of the 16th century Sikh Saint, Guru Arjan.
The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks © 1995. Rumi was a Persian poet born in Afghanistan in 1207. His collection of poems to his Spiritual Master, Shams of Tabriz, is an amazing journey into ecstatic love.
The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran © 1923. Gibran was a Lebanese poet and lover of God.
Thirst, poems by Mary Oliver © 2006. Mary Oliver’s collection of God infused poetry, written after the death of her lover/partner/soul mate, Molly Malone Cook.
Woman and Nature, The Roaring Inside Her, by Susan Griffin © 1978. This book helped change my perception of the world.
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nicole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times ©2021. This book will open your eyes to the
vast role that slavery in America has played in shaping our world today.