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Icelandic Spirituality: 3 Ice Age Roots


It turns out that 4% of Europeans today carry genetic material from this haplogroup. (U and I). There is a chance you might belong to this lineage if you have European ancestry, especially if your ancestors are from Norway, Finland, Sweden, Turkey or Spain.

Who were these First People?
How did they live?
What did they believe?

Fortunately, we can trace their stories and memories by studying fringe European cul

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A Celtic Lent: 3 Ways To Spiritual Spring Cleaning


I avoid many popular spiritual movements, they seem to come and go like a breeze, devoid of substance and sometimes lacking authenticity. But Celtic Spiritualty is not one of these fads. Celtic shamanism is deeply rooted in my spiritual heritage. I am drawn to its emphasis on nature as an awake, vital, fecund expression of the Divine.

I remember standing under the cherry tree as a small girl in my Oma’s backyard on a crisp winter night. Living on the edge of an Austrian village yo

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Robert Holden On Living Your Purpose


In a few weeks time, I’ll be teaching on the St. Francis of Assisi pilgrimage, hosted by Dancing Spirit Tours. The theme for this year’s pilgrimage is Living Your Purpose. I attended the Assisi pilgrimage last year, and it was one of the highlights of my life. Places are still available this year!

I’ve been re-reading my journal entries from my Assisi pilgrimage last year. Here are some of my reflections on pilgrimage, purpose and following the holy plan for our life.

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Win A Trip To France


Hi Dancing Spirits!

I am REALLY excited to share this new project with you. We are looking for vibrant personalities with compelling personal stories to cast in a documentary travel TV episode!

If you have an incredible story and are ready to embark on a deeply personal quest for meaning, we want to hear from you! Maybe you recently experienced divorce, death of a loved one, addiction recovery, or have a terminal illness and need a reflective retreat. Maybe you are on the brink

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How To Live Your Purpose


We are constantly trying to find our purpose. People are always saying to me: “Wow, you found your purpose and made your dream a reality! How do you do it!?”

That’s not true for me. I haven’t discovered the ultimate answer to this existential question. The truth is, I think “finding” your purpose is a myth. We can’t go looking for our purpose “out there.” When we externalize our happiness through the fabrication of an idea outside ourselves, we ine

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5 Reasons To See Vienna Before Christmas

Vienna, Austria’s capital, lying on the banks Danube River, is one of Europe’s most romantic, imperial cities and a place where the Christmas spectacle is second to none.

For the month of December, beginning with the onset of the most magical of times, advent events are held across the city, that allow a glimpse into the age old and often forgotten real meaning of Christmas.

From beautiful Christkindl markets set amidst the backdrop of Baroque architecture to concerts at some of the mo

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The Well of Grief

“Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief

turning downward through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,

nor find in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown by those who wished for something else.”
– by David Whyte

I lost someone 5 weeks ago. It has truly been the most painful experience of

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Feeling Alive


It’s simple. We travel for one reason – to feel ALIVE.

‘Feeling live’ means experiencing the juiciness of the moment. It means exploring something new, taking time away from the daily grind, and putting yourself  in a new environment. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes you have to just do something differently. Break your routine and shake yourself awake.

AWAKE. ALIVE. Tune in to the creative heart of who you are. I dare you to live from that place of passion and w

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