Finding Stillness Within

I saw a praying mantis clinging to the screen of the house where I was on retreat last Tuesday.  Wow.  I’ve never seen one that close—and she was not totally still but was moving all over that [...]

The present is all we have

Most of us live in the past or the future. Rarely are we fully present to what’s happening here and now, and I highly recommend Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of NOW, as encouragement to follow [...]

The Butterfly Effect

Last week I discovered a chrysalis clinging to the back of my outdoor rocker. It was so beautiful, bright green with gold edging around the top.This was the most recent of a number of [...]

Progress, not Perfection

Like a lot of us, I was scared of my shadow side, even hiding it from myself. My old tapes didn’t allow me to be anything less than perfect. Of course, as a human being, I always was less than [...]

Beyond Separation and Judgment

Have you noticed that in our shame-oriented culture we tend to judge everything and everyone? These assessments come so naturally that we barely notice them. One glance and we estimate that an [...]

Transforming Shame

Most of us don’t want to talk about shame. But the fact is, we live in a shame culture. And so, even if we don’t talk about shame, all of us—at least here in the West—experience and live with [...]

Who Owns Your Feelings?

Like most people, I used to believe that others had the power to “make me” feel a certain way, and it was a revelation to learn this is not so. And like most people, I resisted the idea at first, [...]

The Drinking Bowl

A friend of mine whose father was a mountain climber shared some wisdom from his experiences that has inspired a great analogy. Her dad loved to climb a particular mountain in New Zealand that [...]

Feelings Are Meant to be Felt!

No one has to tell you we live in tumultuous times. Conversations with my clients, students, and friends reveal that they are finding it a challenge to be in a peaceful and loving state.

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