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Mudras - Their Meanings & Beneficial Uses

© by Marsha Silvestri

The word “mudra” in Sanskrit, means “a gesture”, seal or closure. There are hundreds, if not thousands of mudras from various cultural traditions, religious rituals and esoteric disciplines. Like sign language, mudras serve as a form of symbolic communication as observed through the ages in many arts, statues and paintings depicting Jesus, Buddha and other spiritual masters and deities. Many early Orthodox Christian Icons depict Jesus, Mary and other saints using the same hand gestures as eastern Hindu and Buddhist mudras. This suggests evidence that eastern religions had a stronger influence on Christianity than the modern church would like us to believe, and that similar meditation techniques were once part of early Christian practices.

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A Valentine to the Planet

© 2019 by Marsha Silvestri

❤️ ❤️ ❤️

It's the theme of countless songs, poems, films, stories and works of art, some call it the most powerful force in the universe, so it's no surprise that in honor of Valentine's Day that I chose to explore “Love” as the topic for this week's post.

Why do we even celebrate Valentine's Day, and what does it have to do with love? 

Saint Valentine was a Catholic Priest who served during the 3rd century. The then emperor Claudius outlawed marriage for young men, believing that unmarried men without families and children made better soldiers for his army.

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© 2019 by Marsha Silvestri

Water – An Essential Nutrient for Life

Today's LifeBlog post continues with Part 2 last week's topic “Water is Life”.

Part 1 focussed on the growing global water crises, its impact on the environment, offering practical solutions, tips and methods to help conserve, preserve and protect our most valuable resource. In this post I explore the physical and biological life enhancing qualities of water, plus discuss its energetic, symbolic and spiritual significance.

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Our Growing Global Water Crisis - Problems & Solutions

© 2019 by Marsha Silvestri

Yesterday I saw a powerful interview with Dr. David Suzuki about how close we are as a species to extinction. Much of his talk focussed on water, the crises we face from unsustainable industrial growth, and how the corporate economic agenda fails to value what is sacred and essential to life. Later that evening I came upon a fascinating webinar on water fasting for cleansing, rejuvenation and longevity. I was undecided about what topic to explore next on my blog, when awakening to a torrential rainstorm gave me the answer. These 3 synchronistic messages from the universe felt like the water element was urging me towards a topic to dedicate this week's Lifeblog post to, which is protecting our most precious resource – WATER.

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Today's post takes a diversion from my previous esoteric art topics, exploring dance as an art form to promote peace and ecology.

Last night I dreamed I was being interviewed for a TV broadcast about my professional experience as a “street dancer”, as if I were a celebrity and my history of performing in parades and festivals was of significant value or interest to the mainstream viewer audience.

OK, I know it was only a dream, but it roused the issue of “artistic value”, a recurring theme in my life, and an ever-bewildering question: Why are the creative arts are so beloved, providing so much beauty, brilliance and inspiration, yet financial success for artists remains elusive and  minimal compared to many other skilled and unskilled professions? This mystery around financial values has plagued me most of my career - why much of the the world fails to fairly compensate certain arts, particularly street artists and dancers.

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