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September 2016

The Truth No One Told Me: I Am Alone

I was chatting with friend the other day about our evolutionary spiritual journey, and I shared with her that to make further progress in my effort to integrate both my shadow material and my noble/Soul-self, I knew I would have to acknowledge an Ugly Truth: deep at the heart of human existence is the reality [...]

August 2016

Make a Brand New Ending

I have a secret to tell you, a very personal and vulnerable secret. For the past two weeks I haven’t been feeling it; feeling the love, feeling my soul. With all the rain and an overly full schedule my energy was zapped. And then I learned that I had underestimated my tax bill by several [...]

January 2016

A Paradoxical Blessing for the New Year

Act always as if the future of the Universe depends on what you do, while laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any difference. – Buddha This sums up the year beautifully for me. It is the quintessential paradox for my life, an inescapable infinity loop that is always at work as I [...]

Who Have You Come Here to Be?

Advances in neuroscience and the work of Dr. Daniel J. Siegel has shown that who we think we are is a function of our experiences in relationships, our internal conclusions, interpretations and assumptions about those interactions, and the resulting neural net profile (neural architecture) that develops in the brain. However, our biology is not who [...]

December 2015

Delight in Being Light

If you say “Christmas tree” to me or utter the words “Christmas decorations” I immediately become like a 5-year-old and see lights in my mind. I see twinkly, sparkly, dazzling colorful lights all around me. This is one of my most favorite things – the lights at Christmas time. The other night I turned off [...]

October 2015

Being Tenderized

Whenever I see pictures and cartoons that poke fun at us humans, I generally save them to my phone. And then when the time is right I post them to Facebook, or text them to someone who needs to hear the message even more than I do. For instance, the latest one reads, “If I [...]

September 2015

The Radical Practice of Giving Up Hope

Perhaps like me you have been fighting to hold on to your hope for a better future in the face of what may seem like a world gone mad with no leadership insight able to get our systems back on course. How often have we been told, "Don't loose hope!" But I have come to [...]

August 2015

You Be Peace, and Then You Be Peace

So what exactly do I mean when I say you be peace and then you be peace? Well depending on who you ask, if you want peace in the world, you must “BE peace,” meaning you must first find peace in your heart through meditation, or other contemplative practices. You must look within and heal [...]

July 2015

Want to Change Your Life? Unpack Your Bags

Did you ever listen to the announcements at the airport about claiming your baggage? In case you didn’t know it, there is baggage claim etiquette: Make your bags easy to find, so buy a suitcase that is neon green or has purple polka dots. My favorite is the one with bright police-crime-scene tape wrapped around [...]

Is Gratitude Enough?

Meister Eckhart was a medieval philosopher, theologian and one of the great Christian mystics. His writings and teachings created quite a stir, and eventually he was accused of heresy by the church. Yet like all good boat rockers, he has lived on – and with greater influence today then probably when he lived 700 years [...]

June 2015

I Have Come Here To Be Compassionate

How much longer do I have to wait? I posed the question to my husband, but really it was just my way of letting out some of the exasperation I felt. I had been waiting for 45 minutes so far for a medical appointment and it didn’t look like they were going to call me [...]

May 2015

The Force Awakens

Confession time. I am a "Star Wars" nerd. Dyed in the wool. Not the prequels, mind you. They didn’t do much for me. But the original three – that is a different story. I loved the archetypal energy of that trilogy, illustrating the heroic journey of overcoming. Luke vs. Darth Vader; Leia, Han Solo and [...]

April 2015

I Have Come Here To Be Present

Being fully present to life, experiencing the aliveness of now, means to be so in love with this moment that there is nowhere else you would rather be. That doesn’t necessarily mean that whatever is happening is wonderful or joyful. Brother Lawrence, 17th century Carmelite monk best known for his devotion and ability to bring [...]

January 2015

Self-Awareness and the Power of Paradox

It’s a fascinating thing to observe myself being self-reflective. Have you tried that? Watch yourself as you watch yourself. It’s truly remarkable to be able to gain such distance from what we commonly identify with as our personality or “self.” Yet who is that self that watches the self, watching the self? I am not [...]