Day Eight/Nine in Alaska – Inbound

I called the front desk last night to schedule a taxi for this morning to the airport. She called back a few minutes later and said, “They need you to call them in the morning at 7:30 to remind them. Sometimes they lose the little pieces of paper.” Ok. Called at 7:30...

Day Seven in Alaska – Back to Homer

Two full days – 3 nights – has provided me with only a glimpse of this place that is Halibut Cove. The silence, the sounds, the smells, the pace, the feel of it. I’ve barely scratched the surface. Which makes me a little sad. Yet a glimpse is better than nothing at...

Day Six in Alaska – Rest

All of the hiking and wading of rivers and general tromping around finally caught up with me on day six, and though my head was telling me I should be doing something more significant, my body was telling me otherwise. I am learning more and more to trust the...

Day Five in Alaska – Contrast

It’s super quiet here in Halibut Cove, but the quiet is bigger somehow than just sound. You can feel it too, the quiet. It’s in the ground, and in the water, and in the forest. Sound is part of it. I could hear the water trickling off of the sea lettuce and off of the...

Day Four in Alaska – Travel to Halibut Cove

Today was a travel day, and while it was a relatively short distance – about 45 minutes across Kachemak Bay – it still somehow felt like a full day. The boat I was to catch a ride on didn’t leave Homer until 2, so I slept in and lounged around a bit and then went to...

Day Three in Alaska – Fishing! Anchor River

Finally! Fishing! The river was just clear enough, and I was up at 6 again to meet my guide at 7:30 at Anchor Point.  It warms up some during the day, but at 6, it’s cold, and I was grateful for my three layers – shirt, sweatshirt, and jacket. Upon arrival he says,...

Day Two in Alaska – Bumming around Homer

My second full day here in Homer, and I was supposed to go fishing today. I wore shoes, and socks. New shoes. New socks. I was ready. My guide had said that due to rain the Anchor River was, as of yesterday, still too muddy to fish, but was clearing by the hour. He...

Day One in Alaska – Arrival

It’s late, and I’m pooped. I got in quite a bit later than scheduled, due to a fog delay in Santa Rosa, which caused me to miss my flight in Seattle, which caused me to miss my flight in Anchorage. So add 4 hours and a few harried customer service people and I still...

How do I love thee? In at least one of four ways : )

This idea of love is a tricky one, especially in the English language. We have one word – Love – and its simply not enough. Like a lot of words and ideas, in order to more fully understand the whole “God is Love” thing, I needed to expand my definitions, my...

White Water Rafting 2014! WooHoo!

6th Annual Going with the Flow Whitewater Rafting in Spiritual Community!  Join us June 4 – 6, 2014 for a fantastic river adventure! 3:00 pm Wednesday to 3:00 pm Friday  * Two days of professionally guided class 3 (easy/moderate) white water rafting * 21 miles of the...

A Perfect Week for Divine Discontent

In the last few days I’ve become aware of, and had conversations with, a whole bunch of people that are feeling, well, cranky. Or something. Out-of-sorts, melancholy, post-holiday blues, restless, depleted, wrung-out,  depressed, minor physical illness – it’s...

Feeling – The 6th Sense

I was doing some research for a talk tonight, and had an ‘ah-ha’ moment. I realized that, in general, people assign a greater value to what we see than to what we feel. These struck me as odd, since I am progressively more aware of feelings and senses, and how...

The inter-tidal zone

What does a person do when they find themselves no longer standing on the solid, dry ground above the high tide line? When definition and separation begin to blur, and you find yourself no longer clearly identified with creatures of the land only, but realize that the...

Sensual Spirituality

I was looking around the other day for words and definitions to try to accurately describe something, and stumbled across an idea, not exactly what I was looking for, but something that did make me stop and go, “hmmm.” The terminology used to present the idea, put...

Passion and Compassion

The beautiful thing about you and I is not that we always see eye to eye It’s not the need to always agree, to be and think and do the same That  creates the expansiveness of life that we are here to experience. It is the  very uniqueness that we present to each...

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

“It is Love that holds everything together, and it is Love that is the everything also.” ~ Rumi I remember the first time I heard somebody say, “God is love.” I thought to myself, “Well, that’s sweet. I don’t get it, and I’ve got a ton of evidence to the...

Diversity

We say in New Thought spirituality that God is all that there is, that each person is a unique, individual expression of that Divine essence, created from the same God stuff, and with the same essential nature. Everything and everyone, all of creation, flows from the...

What Do You Really Want?

There is a lot of attention and energy flying around this week concerning what is wrong in our world – what is wrong with our society, what is wrong with our judicial system, what is wrong with our consciousness. I’m watching and reading conversations on the street,...

A Straight Word on Gay Pride

I got a call yesterday from a dear friend, a young man who I care about very much. His heart was heavy. A close friend of his is sick, and having a hard time coping. The illness has far reaching implications. I love this young man. He is an example to me of health and...

Prescription for the Disillusioned ~ – Rebecca del Rio

Come new to this day. Remove the rigid overcoat of experience, the notion of knowing, the beliefs that cloud your vision. Leave behind the stories of your life. Spit out the sour taste of unmet expectation. Let the stale scent of what-ifs waft back into the swamp of...