By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
I hope you and your family have had a wonderful start to the New Year!
The New Year is an ideal time to reflect on the previous year and to set goals for the year ahead. With the nightly news overflowing with chaotic stories, it’s all the more important that we take care of ourselves so that we’re better able to play a positive role in creating a world that works for all.
Self-care starts with supercharging your WHOLE being... body, mind, and soul. So I’m glad to announce that our annual Winter of Wellness summit will run from January 14-18. This free online event is an unparalleled health, healing, and wellness series offering leading-edge solutions to many of today's personal health objectives.
Winter of Wellness features more than 40 top wellness experts ready to share their practical wisdom with you at no cost. Speakers include Donna Eden, David Crow, Gregg Braden, Arjun Das, Wendy De Rosa, Daisy Lee, and many more. And we’re delighted to present five Shift team members who will serve as hosts: Gina Vucci, Ben Hart, Nadirah Adeye, Holly Woods, and Ann Patricio.
As we begin 2019, let’s make sure we take care of ourselves and our families — and prepare to stay engaged in meaningful action as we move forward together. In that spirit, be sure to check out the four articles below that were contributed by featured speakers in our Winter of Wellness summit.
Finally, we would love to hear your answer to the question, How do you plan to improve your health in 2019? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.
I was working in my salon when a regular customer came in to get her hair styled. I was surprised to see her since it was right in the middle of her five-week period between haircuts. I figured she must have an important social engagement that evening since she asked for her hair to be styled instead of just cut. “No, I don’t have anything special going on,” she told me. “I just want to look and feel good tonight.”
Luckily, I was able to fit her in. I was in a great mood that day and I was really “on.” I gave her a great scalp massage and shampoo like I always did, and then styled her hair. We had a blast the whole time. We laughed and joked and entertained each other. When she left, she gave me a big hug that lasted just a little bit longer than usual.
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If you are inspired and passionate about joining our team, please click here for more information about these positions. The Shift Network is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.
Would you like to discover how to create your unique “What Do You Do?” Statement that has potential clients saying, “I need to work with you!”? Sharla Jacobs, the co-founder of Thrive Academy, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, January 16, at 9:00am Pacific to share how you can master a heart-based, practical, EASE-filled process in which you’ll tap into your personal “hero’s journey” story to create a unique “What Do You Do?” Statement that aligns with your holistic or coaching values. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to know how to open to prayer as a life-enriching daily ritual to honor and establish a conscious connection with Spirit for greater healing for yourself, your loved ones, and your community? Grandmother Flordemayo, member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, January 17, at Noon Pacific to share how prayer can open you to guidance, healing, and thankfulness. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to release the negativity, judgment, fear, and shame that have kept you “living small” — and discover deep, unconditional love... from within? Margaret Paul, a psychologist, author, and the co-creator of Inner Bonding, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, January 23, at 4:00pm Pacific to share how you can lovingly bring your attention back to yourself and find the love or fulfillment you’re seeking. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
What does the inability to get grounded, not sure how to feel feelings, fear of commitment, getting overly attached, and then losing attachment all have in common? An imprint of abandonment in the lower body. Abandonment looks different for different people…
To read more AND watch Wendy’s 14-minute video on this important subject, click here.
If you’ve recently made the decision to go vegan, congratulations! Sometimes taking that first step can be the most difficult part of the journey, however, we can assure you that this is a transition you will be grateful for making. When you first make the switch, things can feel pretty overwhelming to say the least. You might not know where to start or have a clear idea of what things you should eat and what you shouldn’t, but don’t panic; we’re here to help you. With time, you’ll find yourself getting creative in the kitchen and discovering new recipes and meals that will excite you!
Here are some of my best beginner tips for veganism that will make the start of your vegan journey run smoothly.
If you’re looking for ways to improve eyesight naturally, here are 5 simple things you can do to improve your vision. They helped me reduce my prescription by 30% for my left eye and about 15% for my right eye. And I got rid of the astigmatism in my right eye too.
I found a book on natural vision improvement and it blew me away. I didn’t think it was possible to improve your eyesight, short of Lasik surgery. I started doing a handful of the eye exercises in the book and my prescription reduced by two quarter diopters (0.5).
It may seem obvious that maintaining coherence within can greatly benefit an individual going through a healing journey with breast cancer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could maintain this state for an extended period of time or in the midst of chaos and crisis? Positive psychologists and neuro-cardiologists say that it is possible. They say that staying in coherence overall is a skill that can be learned! To read more, click here.
Click here to listen to Episode 1 of Dr. V’s podcast, “Never Fear Breast Cancer Again.”
Click here for a free PDF download of Dr. V’s book, Heal Breast Cancer Naturally: 7 Essential Steps to Beating Breast Cancer.
How can we succeed in battling the empire of oil, of guns, and greed? The empire of corrupted hearts and broken souls.
How can we fight a system that is rigged against us on every level? Laws made to protect the rich, laws to ensure that the cancerous growth of the economy keeps growing. Laws to prevent crowds to gather, laws to keep people in school, at work, laws and norms to keep people doing "business as usual" in a world set aflame.
Fight all of this without using violence? Without resorting to the same means as our enemy, the means of oppression, of abuse, bullying, stigmatization, fearmongering, shame, and guilt. I know one weapon available to us.
Ancient cultures around the world believed that history and consciousness move in a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages. Plato called it the Great Year. Most of us were taught that this theory was a myth, if we were taught anything at all. But the fact is that modern scientists are increasingly finding anomalous artifacts or evidence of higher ways of living, long before the last Dark Age.
One hypothesis is just as the earth’s rotation on its axis causes the cycle of day and night, shifting mankind's perspective from a conscious to subconscious state and back again every 24 hours, and just as the earth’s revolution around the sun causes the cycle of the seasons and trillions of living things to bloom, decay, spawn, or migrate in mass, so too does an even larger motion of the entire solar system cause an even longer cycle, and a complete change in the inner and outer world.
This fascinating film, narrated by James Earl Jones, explores the science behind the Great Year.Watch it for free here.
Join Subtle Activists and life partners David T. Nicol and Kate Naga the first Saturday of each month for their Web of Light Subtle Activism Series, in which they tap into a different quality of our shared essential presence as a strand of light in the global Web. January’s presentation, “Weaving Threads of Compassion,” was designed to help absorb and transmute excess pain and suffering in the collective psychosphere. Click here to listen.
Bestselling authors, Marci Shimoff, Lisa Garr, and Dr. Sue Morter are joined by some of the most respected names in transformational leadership on the planet to host a free Encore online event: The Miracles Extravaganza! These experts share the biggest mistakes they’ve made in their lives that have kept miracles away and what they’ve done to turn things around and live their miraculous lives! This amazing panel of experts focus on one thing — how YOU can live your most miraculous life in 2019!
Hear Ocean Robbins' story of his biggest mistake…and how he turned it around and made The Food Revolution into one of the most powerful forces for good on the planet.
Meet Natalie Ledwell, Co-Founder of Mind Movies, host of The Inspiration Show & WakeUp!, sharing her unique and powerful vision for YOUR best life.
Let Sandra Joseph (the history-making Broadway star who, as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, holds the record as the longest-running leading lady in the longest-running Broadway show of all time!) help you find your miraculous voice.
Learn to let go of what is not serving you to make way for your miracles with Feminine Power’s Claire Zammit.
Discover the secret to bouncing back when life knocks you down from "Unsinkable" Sonia Ricotti.
The Connection Series is a powerful and unique opportunity for global individuals and organizations working in the restorative practices or related fields to deepen their impact. This year-long series, from January 15 to December 19, includes:
Direct, close mentorship from experts in the restorative justice field
In-depth discussions around a diversity of restorative practices, including Indigenous peacemaking, bias, racism, stigma, school-based restorative justice practices, and more
An opportunity to network with other restorative justice professionals.
The Connection Series, with global participation of leading RJ practitioners, peacebuilders, educators, and diverse transformational activists, gets my highest recommendation for conscious change work in the year ahead. If you really want to help raise the bar, this is one journey you should not miss in 2019.
— James O'Dea, author of Cultivating Peace, co-director of the International Social Healing Project, and former Washington DC director of Amnesty International
Join us for the world-famous annual International Yoga Festival on the banks of the holy Ganges river, nestled in the lap of the sacred Himalayas, the birthplace of yoga, at Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Receive the darshan and inspiring, uplifting wisdom of revered saints, and the teaching and touch of renowned yoga teachers from across the world from a wide variety of lineages — plus, ecstatic kirtan, divine Ganga Aarti, and much, much more. The International Yoga Festival is a truly globally unique event, bringing together so many masters from so many traditions, cultures, and countries in one sacred, beautiful place! Click here to register online.
Wisdom 2.0 is the premiere gathering focused on exploring the intersection of wisdom and technology. Our flagship gathering is in San Francisco each year, where thousands of people from over 30 countries join in asking: “How do we live with greater MINDFULNESS, WISDOM, and COMPASSION in the digital age?” Past speakers include founders of Twitter, Facebook, and eBay. Click here to view the full list of speakers for this year’s event. Click here to register.
Ocean Robbins’ grandfather founded Baskin-Robbins. His father, John Robbins, grew up with an ice-cream-cone-shaped swimming pool, but then walked away from the family company and fortune to become a renowned health advocate and write bestsellers like Diet for a New America. Now, Ocean is on a mission to transform the industrialized food culture into one that celebrates and supports healthy people and a healthy planet. His upcoming book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World, reveals how you can use the power of delicious food to heal your gut, lose excess weight, and lower your risk for disease — all while contributing to a healthier planet.
Why are there 31 chapters? Because, Ocean says, these 31 steps to health will give you more satisfaction, and more pleasure, than 31 flavors of ice cream! Click here to watch the book trailer and to order your copy.
Psyche & Cosmos, the dynamic 8-session video training with legendary transpersonal psychologist Stanislav Grof and philosopher Richard Tarnas, is now available in Spanish!
In this groundbreaking course, Stan and Rick share how archetypal astrology explores the connection between planetary patterns in the solar system and archetypal patterns in human experience. Click here for details.
What if all the secrets to health and longevity were on the soles of your feet?
The wisdom in this book has been passed down from master to student for thousands of years, but now you too can benefit from the powerful Eastern practice of Chinese reflexology. This ancient therapeutic art of foot massage offers you a way to harness Universal Qi, a limitless source of healing energy, and restore yourself to balance, harmony, and health.
Holistic healer and reflexologist Holly Tse brings new light to this millennia-old practice and reveals the curative power of Chinese reflexology in a friendly and contemporary way. Click here to order your copy.
Through God’s Eyes is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that shows you how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to bring joy and vitality to your daily life. One reviewer called it “the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.” To order your copy, click here. To request a sample chapter from the author, email Phil at GodsEyes@me.com.
For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free. The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a collection of audio and video interviews featuring Indigenous leaders from around the world sharing prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings, and pathways to healing, as well as concrete examples for birthing a new era — one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion, and justice. This sacred wisdom is important medicine for us all.
The production of The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a gift from The Shift Network, designed to inspire, inform, and involve you by highlighting the voices and important messages of Indigenous leaders from around the world. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.
World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.
BOOK BY STEPHEN DINAN: Sacred America, Sacred World. Infused with visionary power, Sacred America, Sacred World is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. It offers profound hope that America can grow beyond our current challenges and manifest our noblest destiny, which the book shows is rooted in sacred principles that transcend left or right political views. To order your copy, click here.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
• We monitor hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and expose their activities to the public, the media, and law enforcement.
• We’re dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.
• We’re seeking justice for the most vulnerable people in society.
Embracing Life Through the Forest and the Feminine
TreeSisters is a global network of women who donate monthly to fund the restoration of our tropical forests as a collective expression of planetary care. As a feminine leadership and tropical reforestation organisation, we exist to call forth the brilliance and generosity of women everywhere and channel it towards the trees. Our goal is to make it as normal for everyone to give back to nature as it currently is to take nature for granted. For more information, click here. To become a TreeSister, click here.
I have found that certain music helps refresh my mind and brings me to a point where I can renew focus and dispel stress. I adore folkloric singer Heloise Pilkington's serene and crystalline voice; It helps me stay calm and clear... and the kids love it too!"
— Psychologies magazine
Here’s how Heloise describes her musical journey:
Music, singing, creativity, and healing are my passions. I have journeyed with song, music, and sound since I was a child, and finding my authentic voice has been my life's journey. As a professional singer I co-created an a capella trio called The Madrigirls, and we have had the privilege of singing to audiences throughout the country and all over Europe. I am continually inspired by the power of the human voice as a medium for expression, healing, and connection.
It has become clear to me that right now my path of service is to assist in the awakening of the Divine Feminine consciousness on the planet. Some people refer to this as the reemergence of the Goddess, or Goddess-based spirituality. I experience the Goddess as a tangible energetic reality. When I invoke or pray, I feel a vibrational shift in my body, particularly around the heart center. One of the ways in which I love to invoke the presence of the Goddess is through my voice.
Right now I am very excited because for the first time in my life my two great loves, music and spirituality, have come together in one path.
Click here to read more about Heloise’s approach to music.
Click here to read Heloise’s thoughts on her new album, Initiatrix.
Click here to review and purchase Heloise’s albums.