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Turquoise stones scattered on the ground.
Have you ever stopped to think about all the turning points in your life? What would your life have looked like, for instance, if you'd married x instead of y? What if you hadn't gone to law school, as your parents wanted, but had instead become a musician? Or, what if you hadn't started dating that one particular guy and gotten pregnant at the age of 18? How would your life have been different? A friend of mine recently applied for a job and was one of the final two candidates to be considered. I told …
I have been living in New Mexico and recently suffering the effects of an excess of juniper pollen. Either my eyes itch until I frantically rub them raw, or finally my over-the-counter meds kick in enough to tone down the itching to a dull ache. When this happens, instead of itching, often my eyes will just leak tears. I assume this is a good thing. My body is trying to rid itself of this alien invader, this totally natural substance that feels completely foreign to this eastern-born-and-bred woman. As I note these silent tears, I am reminded of other …
Yesterday I woke up in a funk. This is not my normal state of being. In fact, it happens very seldom. But yesterday I woke up cranky and I continued to be in this uncomfortable place of "not right," not happy. Although I was into my third week of recovering from a seriously broken ankle, and although I hadn't slept very well, and although I had a few money worries, none of these situations seemed to be the actual triggers for my unpleasant state of mind. After over an hour of being in this discombobulated state, I finally said …
I have been really blessed to have traveled back and forth and around this country multiple times.  It's a beautiful country. In recent years I've been much more conscious of taking the time to explore the places that have more spiritual energy--both the famous sites and the more obscure.  It is so much better for our spirits to slow down and enjoy the journey.  Too often we are destination-oriented and with finite and constrictive timelines.  This does not serve our soul. So, in an effort to inspire you to consider maybe soaking in the energy of one or two of these special …
There are two sides of us.  One side is human.  It is bound to this earth both by gravity and necessity.  The other self is our spirit self, our soul, our consciousness.  This self is boundless; it is eternal; it is inextricably linked to Spirit with a capital S. Our human self needs food and water to survive.  It has physical needs.  Our spirit self needs things which elevate our vibration and consciousness.  This will vary from person to person, but it could include things like spiritual community, sunlight, water, music, dance, etc.  The spirit self will also thrive on pursuing …
For the first month of this pilgrimage I was called to embark upon (this sacred journey through parts of our nation), I was mostly camping outside, only occasionally taking refuge from the cold and damp in the warmth and comfort of a motel room.  But now, moving into my sixth week, I have been staying in the homes of hospitable friends.  And although I am enjoying this time with ones dear to me, my spirit is beginning to notice something.  When I am away from nature I get more out of balance. When camping, after my day's activities (or lack thereof) …