Still Quiet Moments: Loss & Healing

As we sit with our sadness, we may decide not to waste time chasing the wrong things. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow likely no longer appeals to us because we understand the impermanent, fleeting beauty of the rainbow’s hues – knowing such splendor will not last. Knowing it is not meant to be here forever, but nevertheless wanting desperately to grasp each precious moment.

2017-07-24T09:57:12+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Peaceful Earth Warriors: Our Spiritual Awakening is Here, Now

We plant seeds of universal accord when we remember that we are here, as guests, for only a brief while. What makes us truly happy is never that which destroys. Rather, it is the connection to our Source and to our hearts that nourishes a deep, abiding love for humanity, for wildlife, for nature, and for our planet.

2017-07-24T09:55:47+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Current Events, Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

2017:  Working Together for a New World Vision

Ask questions. Set aside judgments. Go beyond current comfort zones. Learn from the indigenous people, the scientists, the children, the plants and animals, the shamans, the musicians, the artists, the peacemakers, the homeless, the teenagers, the poets, and the dancers. Learn about other cultures, religions, races, and ethnic groups. We have so much we can teach each other! The skills we will need to develop include: openness, curiosity, nonjudgmental mindsets, and humility.

2017-07-24T09:54:55+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Seeking Solace

Our hearts seek comfort from things of beauty. We find solace in metaphors, stories, prayers, and songs. We gain strength from those creative souls who remind us, again and again, why we are here. They show us that we can do this hard thing: We can get up each day, do our work in this world, and stay awake to both our sorrow and our joy.

Our Earth, Our Home

Inner calm is mighty. It is the courage to get up each day despite hardships. It is the willingness to bear witness to loss, anguish, betrayal, death, and destruction. It is the capacity to hear the silence of children who speak volumes with their eyes. It is the ability to cry when tears are needed and the ability to laugh when human folly presents itself. It is the determination to hold fast to a vision that serves our earth home. It is a positive force that ripples out into the world in a myriad of beautiful ways.

2017-07-21T13:47:26+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Daily Living, Ecology, Spirituality|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

2016: The Year We Learn to Love Better

How do we achieve these goals? One way is to begin working together. We can honor our cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, and race differences while also embracing our commonalities. We can try to understand that the real enemies are ignorance, greed, fear, hate, and prejudice. We can refuse to follow any leader who promotes hate. We can joyfully decline to be governed by fear. We can embrace our power to make a difference.

2017-07-21T14:36:35+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Letting Go . . . Over the Holidays

Once we let go of our excessive mental clutter, we create more heart space. We can then fill our lives with the qualities we wish to embody: Compassion. Patience. Kindness. Forgiveness. Gentleness. Laughter. Joy. Gratitude. These are the gifts we can give to ourselves—and to those we love. These are the gifts that allow us to bring the Holiday Spirit to life.

2017-07-24T10:04:27+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Everyday Mindfulness: Remembering Why We’re Here

Home > Blog Index > Everyday Mindfulness: Remembering Why We’re Here “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment, and feeling truly alive.” —Thich Nhat Hanh “I celebrate myself and sing myself . . . for every atom [...]

2017-07-21T13:59:27+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , |6 Comments

Why the World Needs Dreamers

Not long ago, I watched the movie Tomorrowland. Sitting in front of me was a group of pre-teen girls, eating popcorn and giggling. At the end of the movie, these girls cheered and clapped with triumphant enthusiasm. The movie (starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson) explores the question of whether the planet can be saved from what ails it (violence, environmental destruction, wars, etc.). After much mayhem, a search ensues for the earth’s dreamers. Dreamers are needed because they haven’t given up. “They’re the future.”

2017-07-21T14:02:45+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Ebb and Flow of Being in the Now

When we survive difficult trials, our ideas of happiness often get redefined. Rather than outward worldly pursuits, happiness may come in the form of appreciation for ordinary, daily miracles—the ability to drink water from a cup, visit with a friend, or hug the people we love. Sometimes, after a long, hard journey, wonderful surprises appear just around the bend. This turn in events may not be the way we thought things would (or should) work out—and certainly won’t take us back in time. Nevertheless, it’s possible the life waiting for us is deeper, richer, and more fulfilling than we ever imagined it could be.

2017-07-21T14:00:24+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice: Roots & Wings

"The years are short. It all goes by in a blink. Mindful attention is helpful for fully appreciating each fleeting moment. Extreme loss brings a greater awareness of impermanence. Sometimes the mishaps are the things we remember later with laughter. Sometimes the mistakes are what change the course of our lives."

2017-07-21T14:00:30+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , |6 Comments

Fearless Living from a Boundless Heart

Living a fearless life does not mean we are devoid of doubts. It does not mean we are never afraid. It also does not mean we don’t make mistakes. Fearless living from a boundless heart simply means we are motivated by love. So much so, that when we are frightened, or even if our own safety is threatened, we act on what we know to be deeper truths. We gain courage as we go and trust that Spirit will show us the way.

2017-07-21T14:07:02+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

Accessing Deeper Levels of Peace

Many of us occasionally find ourselves overwhelmed with job demands, caring for aging parents, raising children, paying bills, dealing with health issues, or facing significant losses. During such challenges, serenity may seem like a far-off, distant planet. We know tranquility exists, but we don’t actually believe it’s feasible to visit (let alone live in) a place so alien to our current worldview. In turbulent life circumstances, we might doubt that inner peace is even possible.

2017-07-21T14:07:24+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , |Comments Off on Accessing Deeper Levels of Peace

Holy Mother: Messenger of Love  

March is National Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. This month presents a wonderful opportunity to explore our religious hierarchies, language usage, and teachings, along with the global treatment of women and girls. It’s also an excellent time to inquire how we might become more inclusive and respectful of the myriad roles held by women in our society. Our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, wives, and grandmothers inhabit sacred space with us on this earth home. How would the lives of these extraordinary women change if we honored the Holy Mother?

2017-07-21T14:12:20+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Strengthening Our Communities:  In Love

Our cultural, race, religious, gender, and ethnic differences are not the enemies. The real enemies are: ignorance, greed, hate, fear, and prejudice. Alice Walker says, “I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.”

2017-07-21T13:44:59+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Current Events, Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Lessons From My Children: For Mother’s Day

Children easily say, “I love you”—to people, horses, dogs, cats, trees, and hamsters. If they fall and get bruised, they keep going. A skinned knee calls for a hug, a kiss, and a Band-Aid, and then they are off and running again. Children don’t stop playing because they once fell. They splash in the water, climb trees, and ride bicycles with gleeful abandon. And sometimes, while lying in bed, they wonder why grown-ups fight so much or why grown-ups get so mad all the time or why grown-ups argue about things that make no sense. Rather than teaching our children, perhaps we can spend some time, today, learning what children most want us to know: How to be happy, in this moment.

2017-07-21T14:07:59+00:00 May 7th, 2014|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Are We a People of Compassion?

It does not matter if you are young or old. It does not matter if your ethnic heritage is unfamiliar to me. It does not matter if your political beliefs surprise or confuse me. If you need love, we will show you that we care for you. Our earth home, with magnificent trees, flowing waters, birds, animals, sun, wind, and sky, is the gift that we share—in harmony, in peace, in compassion, and in love.

2017-07-21T13:20:23+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Risk Living Your Dreams

There’s nothing wrong with comfort and security. There’s also nothing wrong with pursuing passions and dreams—despite fears. Comfort and security can come in the form of confidence that if you fail, you are capable of getting up and trying again. Comfort and security can come from faith that Spirit will see you through. Comfort and security can come from friends who encourage you to put your gifts out in the world. The real risk is not losing comfort and security. The real risk is not trying at all.

2017-07-21T13:36:21+00:00 September 22nd, 2013|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What is Religion . . . and where is Your Sacred Temple?

What brings you that awe-inspiring universal connection to something greater than yourself? What makes you truly happy? What passion helps you feel most fully alive? Where do you find Spirit? Doing what you love doesn’t require tangible worldly results that are only measured in numbers. It’s difficult to define or measure intangibles like compassion, joy, mindfulness, happiness, and love. But if you come alive, then that is enough.

2017-07-21T13:37:51+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Categories: Daily Living, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |14 Comments