• 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…

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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…

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    What to Do When the World Feels Like Too Much

    How many of you are very sensitive?  Does your psyche get rattled by too much noise or chaos?  Is violence painful for you to witness or even think about?  Are you sensitive to harsh environments, mean-spirited words, or chemicals? If your answer is yes, then you must be having a very tough time right now. We are being bombarded every day by examples of insensitivity, disrespect, and cruelty; by lies, by toxins in the sky and air and home.  It may feel, at times, as if there is no escape.  Your spirit may be crying out for sanity in a world that feels increasingly insane.  Your heart is, no doubt,…

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    Making a Difference

    Have you ever walked into a room that felt chaotic or angry or sad?  How did you respond?  Did you find yourself getting caught up in similar energies?  Have you ever tried to transform the energy of a place, person, or situation?  Have you ever tried to transform yourself??? There are many ways to do this.  Some people have the gift of saying exactly the right words in exactly the right tone of voice.  Others use laughter to transform a situation.  Sometimes singing can bring a spirit of unity.  Sometimes a hug can bring an exquisite feeling of love and acceptance.  Sometimes one or more people can sit in silence…