• Cry of the Soul

    The Message of Silent Tears

    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 times when silent tears ran down my cheeks. The first instance…

  • grief for a broken world

    Breaking Open

    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 to myself, ‘Cindy, you need to get outside. Do some singing…

  • Sacred Sites

    My Favorite Sacred Sites in the U.S. (so far)

    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 places, I thought I’d make a list of…

  • Balance,  Human Self,  Nature,  Spirit Self

    Our Human Self vs. Our Spirit Self

    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 its passions and dreams because these are often linked…