An October morning in Dubrovnik. Clouds have been layering over the perfect blue horizon since sunrise— feathers drifting towards Italy in the west, splatters of white floating north to Slovenia, and small cream puffs piling up like tiny French wedding cakes in the south over Bosnia. Sitting here with two pillows plumped behind my back, I am living one of my childhood dreams, lazing in bed and gazing out at the endless sky. Read more »
Archive for October 2010
I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween. Mid-to-late autumn was a peculiar time for my family. As the wind chill factor rose, so did concerns about this “holiday” that seemed to glorify the ghastly and the diabolical. I also didn’t go to the type of church that offered a sugary alternative to its evangelical tots. I got a healthy dose of isolation instead. My family still doesn’t celebrate. Neither do I. Read more »
#3. Grant that I may not so much seek to be loved as to love.
For years I had this poem memorized and would repeat it every night when I went to bed or whenever I awoke in the middle of the night. Line by line, this prayer gave me the simple keys to peace and joy. Read more »
Portals to the Self: A Women’s Circle by the Sea: March 12 – 19, 2011.
The night sky is bright with stars and the air is sweet with the smell of the sea. The procession of women makes their way across the land bridge to the temple. The sun rises to greet the Yucatan on the left and Mother Moon says her morning good-byes on the right. We each make our own private dedications as we step through the portal into the actual temple. As I close my eyes I can see the ancient Mayan women getting off their boats at what appears to be the ruins of a dock below. I am drawn to what’s left of a lunar observatory or altar. One of the women in our group dances at an outcropping, chanting, her beautiful scarves blowing in the wild sea breeze. Read more »
“Her long, silken tresses like the lustrous plumage of a black
Swan, a simmering swarm of bees, spill down like the dark
Ayurveda may be a 5,000 year-old approach to holistic health, but its message strikes a refreshing tone in today’s culture. Ayurveda emphasizes beauty from within; not from cosmetics or anything that tries to cover up the authentic “you”. Part of beauty and feeling beautiful is to accept and love ourselves as we are. Read more »
Intuition. Everyone knows that feeling in your gut that tells you something’s wrong. That voice in your heart that guides you in the right direction.
Intuition is knowledge we know cognitively without rational thought. In today’s society, intuition has been downplayed, secondary to intellect and logic. Often times, problems can’t be solved with mere intellect or rational thought alone. In a society that values scientific data and proof of effectiveness from everything to skin care to weight loss and everything else in between, we need to get in touch with ourselves and our own inner wisdom more than ever. Read more »
Some wise soul said “Patience is a virtue” and after years of deliberate practice it is now abundantly clear to me why. In our super-fast, win-or-die goal-oriented Western culture we so easily forget that life is a journey, rather than a competition or race toward some end prize. Read more »
10 Ways to Find Joy When You Think Life Sucks part 2
How can we NOT feel joyful when we are silly and dancing and not caring about how we look! Whether it’s crazy dancing, roller skating, or flying a kite, getting out of our ‘normal’ way of doing things allows us to expand our minds and our bodies into an experience of presence, opening the door to joy and laughter. Read more »
What if there were just three steps you could take to experience greater mind body spirit balance? Because let’s face it, who doesn’t feel out of balance these days, at least some of the time? We all want to feel more balanced, more aware, more present in our lives. Time flies whether you are having fun or not, so it’s up to us to make our time here as full of joy and laughter as possible.
Yes there are millions of things we could or think we should do to feel happier, healthier and more vibrantly alive but see if it doesn’t boil down to these three being the magic formula for you. Read more »
Imagining my younger self unable to understand my older self (in my last post) reminds me of a story I heard from Ram Das shortly after his book, Remember, Be Here Now, came out in 1971.
To the immense delight of would be meditators and druggies and college students across the province of Ontario, Ram Das came to the city of Toronto in the early 1970’s. Hundreds of us crowded into one of the great halls at the University of Toronto for what was probably our first real evidence that we were not alone. Read more »