Margaret Ruth

Margaret Ruth

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Mind Body Spirit Utah: Aug 14 – Aug 25 Events

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 20:41 Published in Mind Body Spirit Utah

“There cannot be much going on the last half of August,” I told myself. This bit of musing turned out to be ridiculously incorrect; there so many expansive offerings of interest to the Mind-Body-Spirit community over the next few weeks, it won’t be possible to go to them all. So, I am going to narrow down my choices to some that offer a variety of experiences in one neat package.

Mind Body Spirit Utah: July 23 - Aug. 11 Event

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 17:13 Published in Mind Body Spirit Utah

Happy Pioneer Day to all. After almost 20 years of living in Utah, I continue to forget—each and every single year—this auspicious holiday exists. But pushing boundaries and venturing into foreign landscapes of the heart, mind and body continue to be good for the soul in any epoch or locale and so it is worth celebrating. Wagons onward; there is much to explore in the next few weeks.

Mind Body Spirit Utah: June 20 - July 10 Events

Thursday, 20 June 2013 21:16 Published in Mind Body Spirit Utah

Don’t leave town – stay and enjoy your own personal journey locally with delectable classes and events that nourish you on the inside and out. There is plenty to choose from over the next few weeks and, like opening a box of chocolates, it might be difficult to pick just one.

Plant-based Diets and Personal Transformation

Friday, 01 March 2013 18:01 Published in Features & Occasionals

Meet three people who transformed their bodies—and their lives—along with comments from area experts.

Labyrinths: Metaphor for Illumination

Thursday, 01 September 2011 19:57 Published in Features and Occasionals

September activities at the labyrinth on the University of Utah campus.

A maze is a puzzle to be solved, defined by ambiguity, blind alleys and blocks. In contrast, a labyrinth is pilgrimage, where one path leads to the center and out again. It is traversed as a metaphor of the personal journey: inward, center and outward; releasing, receiving and returning; yin, yang and the interstitial opening in between. Its walk is contemplative, deliberate and restorative. The outline of the labyrinth is ancient—found throughout world cultures for at least 4,000 years.

“Everything in the labyrinth is metaphorical, a symbol of something else,” explains Robert Newman, Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. Hours prior to the autumnal equinox this month, Newman will present a lecture on this ancient meditation tool and lead a walk.

Newman became interested in labyrinths during a visit to the famed Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France. He later spearheaded the construction of a replica on university grounds adjacent to the Carolyn Tanner Irish Human­ities building. (See more on Dean Newman’s adventures and how the labyrinth came to be in the Decem­ber 2008 CATALYST).

Labyrinth paths are spirals. “Scien­tists measuring brain waves and electrical activity have found that moving in a spiral pattern both calms the mind and stimulates areas which generally have low electrical activity,” says Newman. “Stepping into a labyrinth activates an energy field.”

Global Turmoil and Human Reactors

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:05 Published in Spirituality (Shorts)

by Margaret Ruth

Using energy and information from a different plane.

ruthPeople cope with anguishing world events in various ways. Some obsessively watch the news, with no idea of what to do next. Some avoid emotionally unbearable news. Others find solace in believing an outside entity is at play; “God’s Hand? 44% of Americans See Na­tur­al Disasters as Sign of End Times,” heralded LiveScience.com, citing recent US polls. Many address personal and global grief through their donations of time or money to relief workers and agencies.
“Deepak Chopra leads meditation webcast” (UK Independent, March 21) “Labyrinth walk in prayer for Japan.”(Bahamas Weekly, March 23).
A part of the community reacts in a less tangible way, addressing the more spiritual and psychic realms of understanding.

The Intuitive Life: Heart Matters

Thursday, 27 January 2011 22:08 Published in The Intuitive Life

Clearing out old hurts.
by Margaret Ruth

The Intuitive Life: Resolve

Saturday, 01 January 2011 00:08 Published in The Intuitive Life

A more lucid state of being.
by Margaret Ruth

Listen To Your Symphony

Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:07 Published in Spirituality (Shorts)

by Margaret Ruth

An exercise for exploring your deeper self. Adapted from "Superconscious Relationships: The Simple Psychic Truths of Perfectly Satisfying Connections."

ruthA vital element for experiencing healthy, authentic relationships is becoming a healthy, authentic You. The tricky thing is that You are multi-layered and multidimensional, so perfectly understanding what is going on with you can be difficult. When I am reading for someone, I notice that you complex folks resemble a symphony orchestra broadcasting a multitude of ideas, thoughts, feelings, dialogs, conflicts and reactions. If your inner symphony isn’t perfectly harmonious, which would make you like most of us, a good first step is to get a sense of exactly what tunes are being played in there. Knowing exactly, on every level, what is going on with you might also be termed perfect self awareness. Here is an effective exercise to more fully understand the ongoing stream of the many parts of you.

Green Beat: Pushing the green building envelope

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 07:00 Published in Environment

by Margaret Ruth

Gorilla Design's adventures in shipping container construction.

gorillaDominique and Eric Aragon’s garage isn’t a typical backyard garage. It manages the obvious job of sheltering two cars, of course, but it is so cool that Roi and Eric gave it a pet name, the “CFG,” meaning Cool F’ing Garage. It’s Salt Lake City’s first structure to follow a growing national and international trend of using surplus shipping containers as building blocks. “The Aragons wanted to push the envelope and see how green they could go,” says Roi Maufas of Gorilla Design, the firm that designed and managed the construction project. Salt Lake’s first shipping container structure is one high-class garage. Gorilla Design partnered with Dominique and Eric Aragon of 4R Innovations to produce a model of sustainable building at less than conventional building costs.


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