March 31, 2015

Vow Book Helps Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony


Feeling stumped and nervous about how to find the perfect words to express in your wedding vows? This book will relieve the stress and help you in writing, selecting, and even “borrowing” the vows that are perfect for you.


There are many different ways couples can express their love in wedding vows, and wedding words, that are personally meaningful. Sometimes this takes the form of vows they write themselves, sometimes they borrow from favorite readings or songs, and sometimes they opt for classic romantic vows that have endured through time.

This book contains a clear explanation of the kind of wedding vows you can choose for your big day, and also has a wide array of sample vows from real couples. Adapt them, or be inspired by them, when creating your own vows. Great for vow renewal ceremonies, too!

This compact wedding vow guide puts immediate ideas, inspiration, and samples at your fingertips!

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Video: A Beautiful Hindu Interfaith Ceremony

CATEGORIZED AS: Hindu Weddings , Interfaith Marriage , Weddings

I was so touched to officiate the marriage ceremony of Marta Dees and Ankur Tanna last year. Here is a beautiful video of their Hindu Interfaith ceremony.

5 HinduTraditions to Include in Your Interfaith Wedding

CATEGORIZED AS: Interfaith Marriage

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

The Hindu ceremony, a rite known as a Samskara, has many components. It is quite beautiful and filled with chanting, Sanskrit blessings and rituals that are thousands of years old. In India, it can last days, or weeks. In the west, it typically is at least two hours long.

A Hindu priest, or a teacher/scholar (known as a pandit and pronounced "pundit"), traditionally leads a couple and their families through the sacrament of marriage. However, as an interfaith minister with great affection for, and experience with, Hindu culture and worship, I've been called upon to officiate many weddings that include these rituals and prayers.

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When a Hindu bride or groom marries a non-Hindu, they often wish to honor their heritage and families in a way that is sacred and meaningful, and yet simpler and shorter. It is not unusual to create a wedding rich in Hindu rituals that also includes traditions from the other partner's faith and family. I've officiated Hindu-Jewish, Hindu-Catholic, Hindu-Muslim and Hindu-Buddhist weddings, to name a few, as well as a Hindu-Christian African American wedding where the couple walked around the sacred fire and jumped the broom. One or both partners may choose to wear traditional Indian garments, or they may opt for a tux and white dress.

I've been pleasantly surprised over the years to see how amenable families are to allowing me to adapt and blend rituals. I have learned so much from family members who have helped with the preparation of ritual items and have taken the time to explain the proper way to honor -- and spiritually choreograph -- their family customs.

Here are some of the most important elements to consider:

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July 23, 2012

15 Inspiring Quotes About Soulmates


In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.
-Maya Angelou

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise.
-Richard Bach

We recognize a soul mate by the supreme level of comfort and security we feel with that person. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues that remain to be ironed out. Rather, it means we know intuitively that we can resolve issues with our soul mate without losing his or her love and respect.
-Linda Brady

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
-Emily Brontë

A soulmate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes. We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves.
-Edgar Cayce

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
-Roy Croft

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life? … to strengthen each other…to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
-George Eliot

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
-Elizabeth Gilbert

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
-Bruce Lee

A soulmate is the one person whose love is powerful enough to motivate you to meet your soul, to do the emotional work of self-discovery, of awakening.
-Kenny Loggins

A soulmate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communicating and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace.
-Thomas Moore

Most people have more than one soul mate. You may already be in several soul mate relationships with friends and loved ones. A soul mate can come in the form of a life partner, treasured friend, child, or lover. A soul mate can be someone with whom you share a spiritual path, a joint work in the world, or a commitment to be parents to certain souls. It can be someone whose growth you are sponsoring, such as a child.
-Sanaya Roman

The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind I was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
-Dr. Seuss

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.
-Leo Tolstoy

February 27, 2012

Soulmate Prayer for A Perfect Partner


Divine Essence of all there is.
My heart is pure; my intentions clear.
I ask for your guidance and your help
In finding my soul mate, my most perfect partner.
I seek a partner who enhances me by his/her very being…
Who brings more love, joy, peace and prosperity to my life…
Who I can love fully and who can fully receive my love…
Who loves, honors and treasures me completely, and always.
Please grant my desires for love -- of self and with my true love.
I trust you will bring this too me lovingly and gently,
In a way that is completely right for my love and me.
I give thanks for your presence, your guidance and your love.
Amen. And so it is.

- Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

From Rituals for Love and Romance (Healing Ebooks, 2011)
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January 01, 2012

Hindus upset at Russell Brand-Katy Perry Divorce

CATEGORIZED AS: Celebrity Couples

English actor-comedian Russell Brand and American musician Katy Perry, who reportedly underwent elaborate Hindu wedding ceremony in October 2010 in Rajasthan (India), are reportedly divorcing and Hindus are upset. This according to a press release we got today from someone who identified himself as Hindu statesman Rajan Zed:

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that as Brand-Perry followed Hindu rituals and traditions in the wedding, they should have taken marriage seriously as it was a sacred rite in Hinduism.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said: In Hinduism, vivah (marriage) is the most important samskar (sacrament). Married couple is looked as a complete module for worship and participation in cultural/social acts. With the marriage samskar, one thoroughly enters into grihasth-ashram (householder phase), where one can attend to the goals of dharm (duty).

Rajan Zed stressed that if Hollywood and other celebrities opted for Hindu wedding, they should be prepared to adhere to the commitment, devotion, responsibility, sanctity, morals, etc., which were attached to it. There were reasons behind Hindus as a group having one of the lowest divorce rates in the world, Zed argued.

BAFTA nominated Russell Edward Brand (36) of England is reportedly attracted to Hinduism; carries a Sanskrit tattoo on his body; and has made visits to a Hindu temple. His catchphrase is “Hare Krishna” and Mahatma Gandhi is reportedly one of his heroes. He was quoted as saying: "I'm into yoga, I meditate all the time, I'm vegetarian.”

A Prayer for Peace in 2012


By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Let us enter this New Year with Peace in Our Hearts, on Our Lips, in Our Prayers.


We call to spirits of the North. We honor Mother Earth and her abundance. May we stand steady on her ground. May this dear planet and all her children grow stronger every day.

We call to the spirits of the East. We honor wind and ask that new opportunities for peace fill the air and that the white Dove of peace flies freely in all nations.

We call to the spirits of the South. We honor fire and ask that we be infused with warmth, enthusiasm and passion for the mission of creating peace on earth.

We call to the spirits of the West. We honor water and ask that it cleanse the hearts and souls of all women and men, and sooth our angers and wounds so that we may never again thirst for war.

We call to the spirits of above, of below and within; we ask to be united with God, Goddess and Great Spirit of All That Is. With all the forces of the universe, we pray for harmony in our world.

Let Peace live in your life, and in your world. Let Peace live in your day-to-day, and in places far away. Let Peace abound, all around. May Peace be in your heart. Aho!

© 2008-2012 Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway. Adapted from The Goddess Pages.

This appears in the New Year edition of the Self Healing Expressiona Ezine.

October 31, 2011

Halloween Poll: Black Wedding Dresses Are Cool


For any bride-to-be who is dreading how she looks in white, good news: Black wedding dresses are in. Among the single and unmarried crowd, that is.

A poll today from shows that 63 percent of respondents think that black wedding dresses are "cool," while only 37 percent think they are "creepy."

Single people polled thought that black wedding dresses were cool by a 76 percent to 24 percent margin. But those who have already walked down the aisle did not go ga-ga over the idea. Married respondents were split 50 percent/50 percent regarding if black wedding dresses are cool or creepy.

See more on this poll here.

October 29, 2011

I Feel Rich in Any Economy


By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Everyone is so worried about money these days.


Money issues can make you feel stalled and stuck. When economic times are bad and money is tight, you might find yourself overcome with fearful thoughts and worry. Money problems can meddle with your sense of self-worth and value. Losing a job, business or career opportunity can be devastating and not having enough money can make you feel lesser than others who do.

It is so important to realize that good fortune comes to us in many forms, as both material and spiritual wealth. In times of trouble and financial strife, we still have access to the spiritual riches of the universe. That may sound like a cliché, but it is so true. Be ready and willing to see prosperity through your spiritual eyes and you may be delighted to discover the many ways in which wealth may abound in your life – even in the form of a kind gesture or a new opportunity.

When times are tough, we often focus on what doesn’t work and we forget to express gratitude for all that is working. As long as you are living and breathing, there is hope--hope enough to rise above painful circumstances and connect with a sense of greater good and greater material and spiritual wealth.

Try this self-blessing: I bless myself with the power to rise above financial pain and reclaim the abundance of the universe that is might. I set myself upon a healing path, and walk toward deeper awareness, prosperity, love, success and joy in life, and the good health to enjoy it.

Be inspired by this quote: “Do not let circumstances influence your thoughts and moods. By rising over them mentally, you will eventually rise over them materially.”- Remez Sasson

July 12, 2011

The Plunge Project is an Inspiring Site for Brides

CATEGORIZED AS: Trendsetters


I came across the Plunge Project recently and enjoyed reading this great site by bride-to-be--turned-blogger, Nicole Christine (VanScoten) Denton.

Like many brides who love to share their journey to the altar, she started the Plunge Project as a place to document her own journey down the aisle. She loved it so much she decided to continued to blog after her November 6, 2010 wedding.

Nicole explains that her specialty is writing for real brides who "want more than your average cookie-cutter wedding yet still have a budget to keep in mind." But she also writes about married life, DIY projects, and other things that catch her fancy.

It's a really fun read. Find out more about Nicole and the Plunge Project here.

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