• grief for a broken world

    Clearing Ourselves when the Skies become too Cloudy

    Are you sensitive? Does the state of this world weigh you down sometimes? Are there days when you just can’t shake the sadness and despair? That happened to me this morning. I was worried about a dog I know who was not living in a good situation. This big beautiful sweet German shepherd each night was being forced to sleep in a cage that was too small. My thoughts then, of course, flew to all the children and teenagers and others who are also being forced to live in cages where they don’t have enough room to lie down. In addition, these refugees don’t have mattresses or blankets or sufficient…

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    Surviving in an Ever-changing World

    Have you ever wondered… if civilization collapsed, if there were no more electricity or oil, would you be able to survive? If there were no more refrigerators, stoves, faucets with fresh water, or flush toilets, would you be able to cook? Bathe? Could you find potable water? Could you forage for food? Do you have the seeds and the know-how to grow your own food? If your car could no longer function (without gas or oil available), could you survive on your little plot of land? Could you get to somewhere with greater natural resources? Without electricity, the banking industry would collapse. Could you get by without money? Do you…

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    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…

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    Elevation and Transformation

    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 and strictures of my job by resorting…