What were the circumstances that led you to choose the professional path you have chosen?
I wrote the vegan cookbook because I follow a vegan lifestyle and wanted to share this with others who find it difficult to know what to cook for vegans. I was a bit tired of restaurants always telling me that there was nothing I could eat on their menu.
I am concerned about eating healthily and animal welfare. Animals in the food industry are treated cruelly. Even to produce 'vegetarian' food like cheese and eggs animals suffer inhumane conditions and are slaughtered.
I also believe that a non-animal product diet is best for the environment.
I write because I enjoy it and hope that some people may enjoy reading my books and cooking the food!
My great great grandmother, Emma, who was quite a strong woman, Swedish ancestry mentored me from the age of 8 years old. She encouraged me to be open to my spiritual gifts. Along the way I have studied under several wonderful mentors and am thankful for this path I am on. I could not see myself doing anything else at this time in my life.
It came from my life itself - my own search for happiness which led me to seeking spiritual guidance at a young age - as life went on I studied Psychology and counselling and also the tarot in depth - now I can offer a thorough understanding and empowering service of guidance and help to people also seeking happiness in their lives.
The short version is this: I found myself unemployed and with nothing else to do, focused on paying attention to what was happening around me, moving through me, and to where I was being lead. Somehow a book called Quantum Touch came to me and, griping and moaning, I signed up for a class. I then quickly realized that what I have to share w/ the world has nothing to do with rules, doesn't require a 'technique', and is what I was born to do!
I fell into this business because I was passionate about educating women to find out what I had discovered at 44, wanting to empower women to own their sexuality and wanting to enhance the relationship of couples. So far so good!
The path to our developing www.gratefulness.org was rather accidental (viewed from one perspective) or fortuitous (viewed from another). In the late 1990s, friends of Br. David Steindl-Rast, an author and speaker renowned for his work in interfaith dialog, wanted to help him start a website. When they tried to choose a URL based on his work, many were already taken: Listening.org, CommonSense.org, and so forth. But Gratefulness.org was available, and gratefulness was a theme by which Br. David was well known.
This slightly random selection turned out to be perfect for us. We wanted to cover the whole gamut of Br. David's concerns: peacemaking, religious harmony, the arts, caring for the earth, and more. Gratefulness served as a pun for the "great fullness" of life, the overflowing cup of gratitude for all life's free gifts. And so our website was born.
Our growth into an organization had a similarly intriguing trajectory. We wanted to build a network of people interested in the practice of grateful living, so we started to call ourselves NGL: Network for Grateful Living. But a friend saw that acronym and remarked, "That looks a bit like ANGEL. Is that what you intended?" Her words helped us morph into ANG*L, A Network for Grateful Living.
Had an epiphany where a falling in love experience turned into ~ a meeting on a heart space ~ experience, http://www.celestinevision.com/celestine/forum/viewtopic.php?t=448&highlight=
I have had an interest in all things spiritual for many years. However, thinking it was something reserved for 'special' people I avoided delving any deeper. The first time I went for a tarot reading, the reader was teaching a beginners course. I decided to attend, purely out of curiosity :-) and i loved it!
As a child I thought everyone could "hear" Nature. After a challenging, sometimes distressing and discontented life path I have now rediscovered what truly makes me whole. One step away from fear and into light has enabled my Natural friends to guide and nurture me.
Since childhood I have had consciousness around energy systems and sacredness.
I have danced since I was three and taught/performed dance professionally for many years as it was my most passionate form of expression. I discovered Zen meditation 12 years ago which grounded me at a time when I felt very lost (and continues to ground me and offer up tremendous perspective). I knew that the two could be combined for my students that were frustrated with sitting completely still for extensive periods of time. This evolved into Zenful Dance shortly thereafter and was formed in 2006.
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