Upward Spiral is a space for healing and transformation, both the space within ourselves and also a physical space where people can go to discover, be, and become who they are.
We are a community center in our home of Tampa, FL, a space where individuals can come together to support each other’s healing while working on their own transformation. The truth is we are all in this together, but we must do our own part. We’ve come this far, as Herman Hesse says, but there still remains much to learn.
When you search inside of yourself, what do you see? This Valentine’s Day, discover the best parts of your character and spirit. Appreciate them, celebrate them. Even the not-so-good parts, too.
We all have things in our lives that we need to "make peace with." It might be an old personal grudge, or a certain state within the world at large, but we all have an experience that haunts us in some way. Holding onto our past negative experiences can feed feelings of separateness, isolation, and loneliness. But by going inward, we can find the peace that is ever present.
Sometimes when we've lost something we once had we try to retrace our steps to find out where we've left it.
Have you ever walked a Labryth? The Labryth is a design that depicts a path towards a center but with a long journey to get there. Many churches and parks will have a labryth as a place to contemplate our life journey.
New Year's always feels like a good time to cleanse the places in our lives that have become dusty and stagnant. This might be our physical spaces of homes and bodies, or maybe something more intangible like our mind and thoughts. Sometimes the clearing of our physical spaces helps to clear the clutter of our mind. There is just one thing about cleaning...
This part of December marks the approach of a return of light to our days. It is a wonderful time to contemplate how we can find the light within dark places.
The scent of cinnamon calls us out from our caves of inner isolation and opens the door to new worlds. Just as this warming herb can increase blood flow in our veins, it also helps us to open our hearts to our moment-to-moment experience.
Learn about how small actions can help us to strengthen our ability to be fully present with those around us, which is by far the greatest gift we can ever give.
November's Essential Oil of the Month is Sage. Since there are several oils that fall under the common name of "sage," we are highlighting three of them to bring a more well-rounded understanding to these enlightening members of the Salvia plant family.
As we move into the later part of the year, where the sunlight dwindles earlier and nature calls us into self-reflection, it is a great time to take a survey of what we desire in our lives. Here is a poem from Mary Oliver that encourages a deep look into what one truly desires.
Learn to "adult" better by playing more! Not sure how to begin? Ask yourself these three simple questions find out what kind of play you crave. Also, see which is our favorite essential oil for helping us to leap joyfully into the lost practice of adult play.