In the first book of the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Lehi narrates an allegorical vision that has become a hallmark of Mormon religious discourse. In this dream he saw "the tree of life," whose fruit brought joy and peace to anyone who partook of it.
I am a writer, a yogi, a wife, and a friend, among other things, but, mostly, right now I'm a mother, and I'm thankful for the magic that resides here plainly and invisibly, for me to daily open and appreciate anew.
Just published yesterday in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is a tour de force of thinking big, working together, and demonstrating that even science that is messy and incomplete can be incredibly useful and worthy of publication.
When I recently visited Bahrain, the TSA agent reviewing my passport looked at me curiously and asked me, "Why did you visit Bahrain?" Simple answer: The Kingdom of Bahrain is a great extension to a Dubai or an Abu Dhabi trip. The flights are inexpensive and under an hour.
Today it seems clear that it will not be political leaders or new policies that will save us from environmental destruction though they can help us along, nor will it be a national revolt as envisioned by the religious zealots of our time.
The tree supports and centers our relationship with the earth and reminds us of our own connection to the sacred life source. In the tall and stately tree we can see a projection of our own best selves. We aspire to stand strong like the tree.
Based on Kabbalah's mystical Tree of Life, the Kabbalah Awards consist of 10 categories that correspond to the 10 emanations of Divine energy that make up the Tree of Life. Each winner illuminates the Divine in this world in his or her category.
While the present Jewish environment movement has been doing a very good job on educating and activating the Jewish community on the issues of food sustainability and energy conservation, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.
The dividing lines have already been drawn -- and continue to be drawn -- about what should or shouldn't be among the year-end awards contenders. And the biggest line, of course, has to do with The Master.
As a Tai Chi teacher, I have met many people who hold their energy in their upper bodies. As we get older, it becomes more and more important to maintain stability in walking and turning by lowering our energy below the waist.
For many of us, we do not spend our days in harmony and joy. We tend to be in internal conflict. Our minds might be in one place while our bodies are in another. Our souls might long for a particular experience but we find all kinds of reasons to ignore that calling.
I offer Sulam Chi, which means Ladder of Life Force Energy, as a simple, gentle, yet powerful tool to help you in your quest for balance and harmony in your life. Even if you have fallen badly and feel trapped in the darkness, you too can rise once again!