• Simple Living

    Simple Living

    Two days ago I had the joy of revisiting a special time in my life. I had written about this for my good friend, Phila Hoopes, who has just created a wonderful new website about tips for surviving these challenging times. The site is a place where all of us can contribute stories to inspire one another when the going gets tough. http://www.survivorshaven.com/    Phila says, “On this site, we gather to affirm: your story matters. Your tools, your practices, your wisdom matter. That ‘something in your soul’ is recognized and welcomed and honored here.” Anyway, I had trouble deciding what to write about. Like everyone, I have so many…

  • Shadow work,  Shootings,  Spiritual healing,  Tragedy

    Urgent Call for Shadow Work!

    Another mass shooting. Another unnecessary loss of life–of young people’s lives, no less. Another great trauma. Another outpouring of outrage and grief. When children die, our hackles are raised. Our protective instincts come full force to the fore. We are like a mama bear and our rage is enormous. What can we do? Who can we blame? We seem to need to blame someone. It makes sense that we want to try to discover what caused the tragedy and what we can do to prevent more of them. This pointing of fingers is an understandable human reaction. Could it be that we also have something to learn? There is a…

  • Brazil,  Spiritual LIfe

    Lessons from the Heart of Brazil

    Last year I was given the blessing of a trip to Brazil. I went expecting to stay for only two weeks but near the end of week number two, I was invited to stay longer (room and board covered.) I accepted! Although it wasn’t a piece of cake living in a foreign country and not knowing the language, I experienced a lot of beauty and power. My soul was profoundly touched and I came home changed. I spent my first week in Abadiania, having felt called to experience the phenomenon of the healer known as John of God. Afterward, I went to a spiritual community, a Marian center, tucked in…

  • Don't make assumptions,  Judge not,  Look past the labels,  We are all people

    Let’s Lose the Labels

    Over and over and over I am getting the lessons: Don’t judge people by their appearances. Don’t make assumptions. And don’t label others! Look beyond the labels. Recently I have been living in a tiny village of about 1000 people. It’s six miles from a larger town, and though it’s in California (northern California), at times it feels like it could be in Kansas. It feels so Middle America. Where I live, there are farmers and ranchers and blue collar workers. There is a gas station and convenience store, a bakery, and a mill, but mostly the main street is filled with empty buildings and businesses which have gone out…