• 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…

  • American Pilgrimage,  Lessons from Nature,  Spirit-led Life

    The Peace, Power, and Challenges of Pilgrimage

    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 I first heard the call to begin this…