• 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…

  • Life in the Slow Lane,  The Peace and Pace of Nature

    Inside vs. Outside

    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) I am drawn to my tent, more than ready…