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Inside vs. Outside

For the first month of this pilgrimage I have been called to–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…

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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…

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How Our Emotions Affect the Earth

The Earth is suffering right now.  Not like in the past.  Much more so.  She and all the kingdoms of nature are suffering terribly.  The state that we are in right now is getting to be too much, not just for us, but for maybe even for Her, too. We all know about some of the things we are doing individually and collectively to contribute to the horrors that are rampant on the planet right now.  We are driving too many vehicles too often, flying too many planes, spewing too many toxins into the air, dumping too much trash in…

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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”…

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