Thank You for Everything. I Have No Complaints Whatsoever.

The story is told about a woman Zen master named Sono who taught one very simple method of enlightenment. She advised everyone who came to her to adopt an affirmation to be said many times a day, under all conditions. The affirmation was, “Thank you for everything. I...

Iroquois Thanksgiving Address

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue.  We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things.  So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People....

Day Four in Lafayette – or, A Stranger in a Strange Land

Today is day four in Lafayette. I now know where the post office is, Starbucks, Whole Foods and El Chorro Mexican restaurant. Oh and the 7-11 and the Indian restaurant, which has very nosey waiters (“You are alone sir? No wife?”) Seriously. But that’s another rather...

Adopting Plants, Pens, and Outboard Motors

One of the things that you realize when you move from one home to the next is that you can’t take everything with you. It’s a different environment, a different space, a different season. Maybe you had a garage, and now you will not. Or you had a back yard and now,...

The Power of Your Word ~ Now More Than Ever

“Be impeccable with your Word. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz “Since our word creates always, it stands to reason that we have got to be very careful in sowing the seed.” ~ Ernest Holmes “The word you speak becomes...

Choose It or Lose It

There is much to consider as we witness our world today. Earthquakes in Nepal. Unrest in Baltimore. Drought in California. The US Supreme Court deciding issues of love. Schoolgirls and women kidnapped by the hundreds in Nigeria. Global environmental concerns. And...

Good Friday, 2015

In the scheme of things, 1,982 years isn’t really that long. Homo Sapiens have been around for 200,000 years. So 2,000 years is really only 1% of our history, as a species. Yet 2,000 years ago one man showed up who had a huge impact on the course of that history....

Thinking, or Feeling – Which is More Intelligent?

There are definitely two camps within me, two distinct decision making processes. Well, maybe it’s more than two, but for the moment two is enough to consider. The first is thought. I think. A lot. Sometimes I think that I think too much. Or, I feel that I think too...

Peace of Mind, and Peace of Heart

I used to think that peace was something that either was, or it wasn’t. It was something that was outside of me, and that I got to experience peace depending on where I found myself at any given time. I knew for sure that I was not peaceful inside, at least in my...

The Language of Divine Intelligence

How do people experience spirituality? The answer might be best summed up by the Sufi poet Rumi when he writes, “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” What he means is that there are countless ways to experience the Divine. One of those ways is the...

Valentine’s Day 2015

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m not real big on Hallmark holidays. I think I understand the initial intention: that a placeholder is created to remind us of something, a celebratory space, set aside, for something important. Like Christmas. And look what happened with that....

When You Find Yourself In-Between

Change is the nature of the human experience. It’s happening all of the time. Time passes, and we’re not exactly the same person from one day to the next. There are lots of little, constant changes: it’s cloudy one day and sunny the next, our weight goes up and down....

New Years Eve, 2014

I was out running errands for most of the afternoon today, and noticed that things were different around town. Businesses were either packed or closing early. And people seemed to be a little friendlier than usual. Though New Year’s eve is different for me than it...

Thanksgiving Eve, 2014

On the eve of the day that we have chosen to set aside as a day of thanks, I find myself once again being with the paradox that is two seemingly opposite or even conflicting truths, existing simultaneously. I am so so very grateful, for I realize that I am living a...

Leading with Heart

I love it when the Universe places the perfect person in my path, at the perfect time, with the perfect reminder. And I am so grateful when I am awake and aware enough to recognize the message for what it is. I am so honored to be entrusted with speaking to people...

The Story Varies, Depending on the Bathroom

I have the lighting in my bathroom adjusted perfectly. I have one of those light fixtures that has eight bulbs arranged horizontally, spanning about five feet, right above the large mirror over the sink top. I think they are 40 watt bulbs – when I bought them my...

Hair-brained ideas, and Reciprocity

It happens every single time. I get some hair-brained idea to inquire further into a topic – it’s a spiritual curiosity really, an inspiration, but there are also moments when it feels hair-brained, like, “look what I’ve gone and done this time.”...

The Soul, Awakened

the soul, awakened, teased long enough takes a stand refusing to be denied. no longer still, or small, but pushing, aching, surging to inhabit the bodies it has been gifted unimpeded, fearless, vital, thrilling and free. the ecstatic choreographer fulfilling divine...

48 Hours in Southern California

My one and only niece got married yesterday. It’s one of those life events that’s a point of demarcation, a point of reference perhaps, in life. For the past 48 hours, since arriving in L.A., I’ve been seeing snapshots in my head, images of a little girl. A lifetime....

Day One Post-Alaska – Re-entry

I have learned to plan for re-entry whenever I go away for any kind of spiritual work in a retreat or even an adventure environment. There is a contrast, and the shift of gears from, for lack of better terms, non-liner to linear can be… abrupt. Such was my day today....