November, 2016

MANDALAS- A PROCESS FOR SELF AWARENESS

  by Wanda Gail Campbell, Minister of Peace, PhD   Peace prayer mandala at 2009 World Parliament of Religions A mandala begins with a circle. The circle is a primal symbol of all that exists. Simply drawing a circle creates the intention of wholeness and opens us to…

This Issue: Process!

  Wishing you Happy Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Id al-Fitr, Yule, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa!  With the exception of  Holiday Fare and loads of gratitude, these wishes are the extent to which Garden Spices addresses the upcoming holidays. However, we extend heartfelt blessings to all who celebrate…

Karibu (Welcome) Kenya

For many years I have wanted to visit a country in Africa but could not decide which one I wanted to visit first. After months of pondering and researching multiple countries I decided Kenya would be my first African country to visit. After weeks of research on Kenya…

A Significant Shift

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and…

Caterpillar or Butterfly? Which?

I look to nature to provide me the truest form of spiritual insight. Through natural occurrences I witness the order of the Universe and my uncomplicated connection to it. Through my relationship to plants and animals I have begun to understand that as evolved as we think we…

The Parable of the Prodigal Daughter

Our identity is a specific marker of how we define ourselves at any particular moment of life. Discovery and claiming our unique identity is a process of growth, change and renewal throughout a lifetime. This is my story – a brief part of what I call the projection…

Fear vs. “That Voice”

This was a lesson in the process of managing fear so I can hear what I need at all times. We must learn to capture these understandings for daily use…maybe even to save our own lives. I wasn’t afraid but cautious and vigilant. I surveyed the room again…

The Process of Letting Go … Waiting On God

My ninety-one year old mother lives in a nursing home. Fifteen years ago, uttering those words would have earned me a rhetorical backhanded slap across my face. My mother created a life by caring for others: her children, grandchildren, parents, neighborhood children, church members, and all others needing…

HOME

Ask me where I find peace and I’ll tell you without a doubt it’s HOME. It’s where I love to be when I need to heal my soul and connect with the Almighty. After I started my own family, I wanted to ensure that I created a safe…

The World According to Craig

“Craig Applegarth is an inspired Photographer with an eye for the exquisite beauty in his native surroundings in Florence, Al., and beyond. Craig adapted photography as his main hobby after several long years of struggling with alcohol- addiction and recovery. After a spiritual awakening and sobriety, Craig discovered…