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Turquoise stones scattered on the ground.
Last night marked the eighth night of my pilgrimage.  It has already been simultaneously much more challenging physically than I expected and much more profound spiritually. I haven't been camping alone since about the year 2000, and that was at the height of the summer in the southwestern desert.  I understood traveling and camping in unbelievable heat, but I wasn't quite prepared for the cold 40-something degrees of nights high in the mountain.   The physical discomfort has been worth it thus far however, because the spiritual benefits have been notable.  I really didn't expect to already being feeling such a difference. When …
The Earth is suffering right now.  Not like in the past.  Much more so.  She and all the kingdoms of nature are suffering terribly.  The state that we are in right now is getting to be too much, not just for us, but for maybe even for Her, too. We all know about some of the things we are doing individually and collectively to contribute to the horrors that are rampant on the planet right now.  We are driving too many vehicles too often, flying too many planes, spewing too many toxins into the air, dumping too much trash in our …
The world may seem incredibly overwhelming.  How can we ever hope to address all these myriads of heartbreaking problems?  Is it beyond the scope of mere humans? There is a spiritual practice that fills my soul to overflowing and creates a profound shift in me.  I believe with all my heart that it makes a difference in the wider world as well, because the holiness of it raises vibrations and elevates consciousness. There are many such spiritual practices, but my favorite is chanting the names of God. I will confess that, in recent months, I have  often chosen to "recover" from the demands …
How many of you are very sensitive?  Does your psyche get rattled by too much noise or chaos?  Is violence painful for you to witness or even think about?  Are you sensitive to harsh environments, mean-spirited words, or chemicals? If your answer is yes, then you must be having a very tough time right now. We are being bombarded every day by examples of insensitivity, disrespect, and cruelty; by lies, by toxins in the sky and air and home.  It may feel, at times, as if there is no escape.  Your spirit may be crying out for sanity in a world that …
Have you ever walked into a room that felt chaotic or angry or sad?  How did you respond?  Did you find yourself getting caught up in similar energies?  Have you ever tried to transform the energy of a place, person, or situation?  Have you ever tried to transform yourself??? There are many ways to do this.  Some people have the gift of saying exactly the right words in exactly the right tone of voice.  Others use laughter to transform a situation.  Sometimes singing can bring a spirit of unity.  Sometimes a hug can bring an exquisite feeling of love and acceptance.  …
I am not one of those people who makes resolutions at New Year's. I do, however, take the time to be reflective at the end of a new year and before the beginning of a new one.  I evaluate what I did well and what I want to do more of.  Generally I set goals of things I'd like to do--not necessarily the boring lose-20-pounds kind of thing--more like the travel across the country kind of thing.  I focus on my dreams.  What does my soul wish to do?  What would make my spirit soar? So, you may wonder, why is she …