Despair in the time of promise

The New Year rings in with boisterous fanfare and dizzying possibility. Resolutions, smiles, goals, and promises rule the day. And yet there are many of us for whom this is not a time of determined, positive, goal-oriented, measurable, forward movement. (I do so love to shine the light on the polarities of life that work […]

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Today is the day

In many wisdom traditions there’s a knife-edge teaching that encourages one to let death be an ally. This means living today as if it’s our last. This means looking death in the eye, rather than pushing it as far away as possible. This means finally recognizing that perhaps all that we put off for another […]

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The stories we tell

We are story telling people. We gossip, we pass on family history, we make up stories about strangers and close friends all day long. We love books and movies and TV. We respond to the stories of others. We are story junkies! These stories we tell our selves and others shape our lives. In relationship […]

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Starting with love

My reference point, my starting point, my ground of being is love and her sisters, gratitude and compassion. Of course, then, they are with us from the beginning of building our power-from-within. We are love. We are loving and loveable. There’s no need to prove anything to anybody or people please. As Mary Oliver says […]

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Running with wild horses in the moonlight

Building our power-from-within in a soul stealing world When I ended up in the emergency room so many years ago, my heart was racing out of control. My life felt on one hand as if everything was moving ahead as planned, and on another as if I was being pushed along by forces completely out […]

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Season of wanting

Maybe it’s because of the frigid temps and the long dark nights. Or it could be due to the expectations that the fresh start of the New Year stirs up. Maybe it’s the aftermath of the frenetic energy of the holidays. I’m certainly noticing my conflicting inner drives of “slow down and breathe” clashing with […]

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What are you waiting for?

  I call it “The Lady in Waiting Syndrome.” You know it, I’m sure, that dead-end place we often find ourselves where we stay, passively and devotedly, in service to someone else’s grand dreams. We’ve all known it, that quietly desperate posture we assume of subservience, of not wanting to make anyone uncomfortable, where we […]

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