Gratitude!

“Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.” ~Rumi 2020 brings a different way of living and being. Most of this content I wrote in September 2019. I’m sick and I’m grateful for a partner who is here to help me. It began Tuesday and hit hard Wednesday. I’m grateful that I still have taste and smell. Hopefully I just have an ugly case of the flu. Just to be careful I’m being tested for COVID-19 tonight. I won’t go over the details though. Will keep you posted, however. We don’t go out often and when we do we wear masks. Mostly we’re home!It serves as a reminder to BE in each and every moment in gratitude. It doesn’t matter if one moment is challenging I’m reminded that the next one can be different. It’s a choice and one that is mine to make. Sometimes in a moment of challenge it is often difficult to see another way.  As I imagine swimming wildly and joyously in gratitude I close my eyes and allow myself to “feel” a greater sense of joy and freedom – a greater sense of peace. Yes, I even imagine a big smile on my face and a lightness in my heart. This has been a particularly challenging week for me personally –  loving, supporting, and being present for a loved one who was in the hospital. While there I experienced a full range of emotions that included love, impatience, fear, helplessness, hope, and gratitude to name a few. To be honest, I haven’t quite reached this state. Seems like all I do is sleep! When...

Wisdom is Available!

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word, freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” ~ Winston Churchill, British statesman, army officer, writer, Prime Minister of the UK I hope all of you are doing well and not stressing too much about the upcoming holidays and what to do about them. My prayer is that you stay safe and enjoy them in a different and more creative way than usual. Allow them to be different! I’ve been reflecting a lot about wisdom this week. As I channel messages and information I often hear “wisdom, information, and guidance”. So I’ve been sitting with what wisdom means to me. In fact I would add the single word “wisdom” to Winston Churchill’s quote. Like many people, I think of wisdom as a virtue. Where does it come from? Well, for many it comes when you’re centered in your heart space and your thoughts are quiet. When a question is asked the answer comes without thinking about or analyzing it. Wisdom is innate and available to anyone. Others consider wisdom as an ability to think and act using experience, knowledge, and insight. How about you? Hmmm. More reflection to come. When I seek guidance and wisdom in my centered and quiet state I wonder how my own filters influence what I receive? Through my own practice I’ve learned that clarity comes as I surrender to God/Goddess/All That Is – Source. I’ve learned to trust and my thoughts quiet more easily. It’s taken practice though. Most of us strive to be the best versions of ourselves that we...

Breathe and Be Gentle!

“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.” ~ Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic I realize that you may be feeling a wide range of emotions right now. Let’s take a moment to stop, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Bring your awareness into your heart space and imagine a flame burning brightly. Focus on the flame and feel your body begin to relax – every cell and fiber of your being is relaxing. Feel your thoughts begin to quiet. Now, feel the warmth of the flame that’s burning so bright and imagine it represents unconditional love. Take a moment and feel this love deep within you,  through you, and as you. Remember, this is who you are at your core and remember how much you are loved by God/Goddess/All That Is, Source. Ahhhhh!! Allow this moment to help rejuvenate and refuel your energy from your heart space and love. Feel your inner strength grow.  This has been a crazy week of emotional ups and downs so please let yourself be gentle with you, right now. You deserve it! L.R. Knots, Author, feminist, and social justice activist tells us,“Do not underestimate the power of gentleness. Gentleness is strength wrapped in peace, and therein lies the power to change the world.” Answers, perseverance, courage, intuition, wisdom, and so much more resides within each one of us. Quieting thoughts, quieting your mind, and moving into your heart space helps to access them. Being able to “hear” the answers is key and requires minimizing and/or removing all background noise and thought....

Voting is a Human Right!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician and 32nd President of the USA This newsletter isn’t meant to be a political statement. My intention is to bring awareness so that you exercise your human right to vote! Some of you may be feeling like there’s a lot in your life that feels out of control. We’ve talked about these chaotic times in previous newsletters. It’s not surprising that you might also feel excited, elated, disappointed, disillusioned, and fearful all in the same day. Remember to stop, take some deep breaths, and bring your awareness into your heart space while you ride the wave of emotions that you feel. These are your feelings and you don’t have to hold onto or suppress them. Feel them and then let them go as you become more centered and calm. Focus on what you can do in each moment. We voted! Have you? Maybe you’ve felt excited and energized. Maybe some of you have felt afraid that your vote won’t be counted. You’re not alone. I found myself researching alternative ways to submit my ballot rather than mailing it for the first time. Wow!! Challenges, yes? There are also solutions. I found that I could deliver it to an official ballot DropBox in AZ and then track my ballot to make sure that it was verified and certified. It worked great! There are many websites with information; however, I found the AZ Secretary of State, AZSOS.gov and recorder.maricopa.gov to be very helpful. I’m sure that these options, as well as others, are available where you...

Faith – Hope – Love!

“There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither love nor hope without faith.” ~ St. Augustine, Theologian, philosopher, and Bishop of Hippo Regis in Namibia  There’s a lot going on right now, isn’t there? Two full moons this month, a pandemic, and elections to name a few things. The upcoming full moon which is also known as a blue moon or Harvest moon usually represents a time for hunters to prepare for the Winter and stockpiling food. How many of you believe you’ve already been stockpiling food with these “stay at home” times? LOL Regardless, this has also been a time to forgive and love ourselves and not lose faith in one another or humanity; a time to feel the sparks of hope within us ignite! I realize that at times this seems hard to do. We are resilient and can create amazing things in our lives in spite of what seems like insurmountable odds, at times – we persevere! Many of you can relate to this I’m sure. Faith, hope, and love help us continue moving forward. I believe that our true nature comes from love. We are human beings and deep within us our core essence is love. Part of our journey is to remember this! Love is the greatest transformer of all. When you feel uncertain, anxious, overwhelmed or are creating new ways of being for yourselves remember to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Bring your awareness into your heart space and imagine tapping into the source and pool of love deep within you. Swim in it. Feel it....

Your Voice Counts!

“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” ~ Oprah Winfrey, TV host, actress, producer, media executive, author Have you ever held back the words that express your true feelings? Have you found yourself not wanting to disappoint someone if you did? Have you ever felt that you might lose someone’s love if you told them something you thought they didn’t want to hear? How did you feel afterward? How many times in life has this occurred? As I look back on my life I haven’t counted the times; however, I remember important moments when it’s happened to me. At that time in my life I lacked the courage to speak up and express my true feelings because I didn’t want to disappoint someone. In the end it was me that was disappointed. This has been part of my journey. I’m much better now about speaking my truth. My voice and yours counts! I look back on the times I didn’t vote because I didn’t think it was important. I didn’t feel like my vote mattered. Well, as I’ve become more aware and make conscious choices, through the years, I realize that this isn’t true. What if, everyone felt like I did? In fact, there’s a large percentage of our population who don’t vote for a variety of reasons. Voting is a part of speaking our truth and having our voices heard. The late John Lewis, U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District and civil rights leader reminds us that, “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in...

Laugh – Sing – Dance!

“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing.”  ~ Jarod Kintz, Author With all of the craziness and drama that’s going on in our country right now I realized that I can either enter the drama or not. So I’m choosing not!! Laughter and it’s impact on healing as well as singing and dancing to feel happy have emerged front and center for me this week. Does this sound weird? As I write this newsletter I hear Pharrell Williams singing his “Happy” song and imagine my soul dancing as I smile and feel good! So much better than joining in drama that I have no control over. How I respond to it is what I can control!  Don’t get me wrong. I realize there are serious things going on right now with significant impact and consequences for our country and each one of us. What I realize is that it’s important, more than ever, to focus on the choices I make and how I respond to choices made by others. I continue to remember who I am in my core and that is LOVE. I intend to become more loving, kind,  and compassionate for me and others.  Do you know who Ziggy Marley is? I love his father, Bob Marley’s, music. I saw Ziggy interviewed recently and learned that he’s also an amazing Jamaican musician and philanthropist. The lyrics of his song “Love is the Only Law” really resonated because I believe Love is the greatest transformer of all. Ziggy sings, “We only live to learn to love and no lesson is greater. Make it your gain, suffer no shame.” I...

Have Faith in You!

“The best way to take care of the future is take care of the present moment.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, peace activist So much going on in the world and in our country! Chaos seems non-stop! Do you feel like you’re on a roller coaster at times? Are you holding on to your hats? Would you rather stay in bed and not face the day sometimes? In the midst of what feels overwhelming at times please remember that you can control how you respond to everything. That defines your experience.  I don’t know about you but when I feel like things are out of control it seems like there’s no way out. That’s when I remind myself to take deep breaths and remember that I create my reality; I’m not a victim or martyr; and I have choices that I can make. This is what I can control! Thich Nhat Hanh also tells us that, “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” It’s easy to lose sight of this when we feel out of control! I find when I’m in this state I begin to second guess my decisions and choices. My thoughts are going 90 miles an hour. I forget all of the times I’ve responded to situations, including chaotic ones, and the choice I’ve made has been great!  Hmmm. So why during unfamiliar or chaotic times does this happen? Why don’t I have faith in me any longer? It happens less and less. I understand that, for me, this is part of the journey of awakening. It’s one of reclaiming my power...

Be Authentic!

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~Aristotle, Greek philosopher Knowing myself is one of the most amazing journeys I’ve undertaken. On the surface it sounds simple doesn’t it? What I’ve discovered is that, like a spiral, there are deeper and deeper levels of remembering and re-discovery. There are also many layers of letting go of old perceptions, habits, and beliefs. This has been a conscious journey of mine for over 30 years and it continues. In the beginning I believed that what I did and what others expected of me was who I was. A big part of becoming more of my authentic self has been remembering that I’m not what I do! I do and have done many things. I’m not what others want me to be or think of me either! The real, actual, genuine and authentic me is a foundation of love. I’m choosing to become more loving, kind, accepting, and compassionate with myself and others! Seeking to understand and speaking my truth rather than worry about pleasing someone else or wondering what they will think of me has also been a part of this journey. Along the way I realized that I feared “being seen as different” and could possibly lose the love of my family. My fear wasn’t real though; however, it played a big role in the story I created. This was something that I had to face and decide what changes I would make in my life to live more authentically. It felt like de-constructing me and who I thought I was after so many years of outside influences. It...

Exercise Your Spiritual Muscles!

“The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.”  ~Mother Teresa, Consecrated Roman Catholic religious nun What are spiritual muscles? They might be different for each one of you; however, for me, the foundation of mine comes from faith – what do I believe? Then, hope, wisdom, love, and compassion follow. Why write about exercising your spiritual muscles in this way now? I feel it’s time to live more intentionally and consciously. This isn’t new or surprising coming from me, right? As we exercise to keep our physical bodies healthy it’s also necessary to exercise our spiritual muscles. If they aren’t used then they lose their tone and effectiveness much like our physical muscles.  So, I wondered during my quiet and reflective time, “How can I exercise my  spiritual muscles? What does this mean?” I realized that I’ve been exercising them but haven’t always been conscious of it. I also recognize that this is something I can control and change! WooHoo!! Like with physical exercise I’ve found that practice makes a difference. Think of it as creating muscle memory! Faith in yourself, hope, love, compassion, and wisdom will grow as you practice After so many months of continued chaos and uncertainty in our world with no end in sight I continue to ask, “How can I make a difference?” The answer always is, “BEcome more of your truest nature which is love! This is what you can control. This is what will make a difference to those around you! For when you are BEcoming more of your truest nature, love, this affects the resonance of all life!” ...

Jump – Leap – Arrive!

“Hope is passion for what is possible.” ~Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, and author Lunar energy has been intense this week! Have you felt it? We’ve experienced a Full Corn Moon instead of a Harvest Moon. Why is it different? Typically, at this time, we’re ready to harvest the seeds of what ideas and visions that we planted during the Spring. In addition to this the energy of the Full Corn Moon brings up and accentuates sensitivities, emotions, and creates openings to new possibilities. It only appears once every 3 years so I hope you’ve been practicing good self care! You may have wondered why things seemed different given all that’s been going on this year with change and uncertainty. Your emotions may have felt like they were running wild!  I’ve been feeling more optimistic and hopeful in spite of the intensity. Kierkegaard tells us that hope is the fuel for what’s possible. It feels like the spark of hope within me has ignited and is stronger than ever. I’ve noticed that I don’t feel triggered as much considering the divisiveness, uncertainty, tension, and negativity that’s happening in the world right now.  Why? I’ve chosen to spend more time in my inner world accessing available insights and wisdom. I’ve chosen to take a leap of faith, so to speak, and focus on what I can change. Change begins with me. For me, love is the greatest transformer of all and I find myself returning to the source of my being which is love. St. Augustine of Hippo, Theologian, philosopher, and bishop has said, “ There is no love without hope,...

Why Am I Here?

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion, and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer, Theologian, physician, humanitarian, philosopher, and writer Lately, it seems like I’m riding an emotional wave at unexpected times. How about you? One day this week I felt my heart breaking and my soul cried out, “Enough! It’s time to stop and treat one another as equals with compassion and kindness.” So much seems broken right now; however, I believe we are being shown things that have been broken for many many years and now is the time for them to come into the light. Many people believe that we are at a tipping point, a time to make changes. Instead of wallowing in despair and hopelessness I took a few deep breaths and moved into my heart space then focused on what I’m grateful for in my life. There are so many things including: I’m grateful for the awakening of more human beings and for the opportunity to BE more consciously responsible and accountable for my choices in ways I haven’t been in the past. There is a clarion call for change and each one of us can play a role. I wondered, “What if we treated one another as equals? What if we looked deeply within ourselves and noticed what we still hold separate? Are we courageous enough to claim and integrate them? Is change possible?” Yes, I believe it is and I’m hopeful. I recently was invited to listen to The Turning sung by Justin Michael Williams, Author, recording artist, and transformational speaker. The refrain reinforced...

You Are a Creator!

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I’m changing myself.” ~ Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic So much change is going on in the world and everyday life! Things are not what we’re used to anymore. We’ve been experiencing a pandemic, fires in some areas, protests, staying at home more, wearing masks, worrying about family and friends, buying groceries online, traveling less, communicating via Zoom, and so much more. Whew, I hear so many of you saying, “I can’t wait until things return to normal!” I wonder what that really looks like, don’t you? During quiet moments we’ve had time for inner reflection and to imagine what the new normal might be. It’s different for each one of us. Once the seed of change begins to sprout and grow then we ask, “What in me and my life am I willing to change for my new normal to be created?” If this exploration isn’t challenging enough there have been intense universal energies encouraging us to let go of old stuff and open to new possibilities. Elkhart Tolle, Spiritual teacher and author has said, “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” Amazing, isn’t it? Leaning into uncertainty isn’t always easy. For those of you who like to be in charge or control the outcome of your decisions this can be especially difficult. I always thought I loved change and then several years ago I realized that I only loved it when I thought I could control it! That was a big...

In Search of Wholeness!

“Love is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete.” ~ Plato, Athenian Philosopher Have you ever thought that you weren’t “complete” and that something was missing? Have you found yourself always looking for something outside of you to fulfill what you thought was missing? I’ve heard so many people say, “If only I could find a wonderful relationship or if only I lived somewhere else or if only I could find my perfect job then I would feel complete.” The common thread is that there is a belief that looking outside of oneself is how you feel complete or whole. I believe as Plato so simply stated that our search for wholeness is Love! Our essence is love and the journey to rediscover it is within us. That’s who we are. When I think about it aren’t we afraid to lose love or want to feel loved or feel like we don’t deserve it? “We are already love so how can it be lost?” I ask. This is part of our journey isn’t it? To remember. We are already whole and complete unless we believe we aren’t. I understand there are also parts of us that we have rejected through the years and it’s important to reclaim, accept, love, and integrate them back within us. I’ve been experiencing this myself recently. It feels good when it happens. For me, it’s been happening during my lucid dreaming where it seems like a life review happens and then I feel the emotion and reclaim and welcome the part(s) of me that I’ve rejected for many...

The Lion’s Gate Portal Opens!

“. . .the season of the sacred feminine is upon us, bringing with it a return to a simpler, natural, life-centered ethos that puts people and the environment above money and things.” ~Karen Clark-Shepard, American Grammy Award winning musician and songwriter The Lion’s Gate Portal opened once again on August 8, 2020. Why is this significant? I’ve heard from several people that they feel more emotional, tired, and have flu-like, non-COVID, symptoms. The universal energies are pretty intense right now and, in some cases, amplifying what’s being felt in the world. So what does it mean? This is a time when the rising star of Sirius aligns with the summer sun in Leo and Earth. Powerful and intense energy can be felt. It’s a time for illuminating our inner self, goals and ambitions. Courage is called upon to navigate these energies. Opportunities are opening for us to make changes if we choose and step into our personal power. Sirius, in Astrology, represents wealth, passion, honor, abundance, confidence, will power, and self-expression. Think about it as a super charged opportunity to raise consciousness! Whew! In addition, it’s also known as the “Stargate of the Goddess”. Hmmm. Divine feminine energy of harmony and balance are showering us too. Self-care is important! I can’t think of a more perfect time for this portal to open in light of everything the world is experiencing today. There are no coincidences, right? Herman Hesse, Swiss poet, novelist, and painter has said, “You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation and that is called...

Accept and Love Yourself!

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk How often do you find yourself trying to be what others think you should be? Have you ever felt like you don’t matter, aren’t seen or heard? If you’ve felt like any of these you aren’t alone. Through the years I’ve felt some of this too! It’s taken me many years of being willing to be introspective and dive deep within myself to seek understanding and reclaim my own power of being me. Accepting, owning, and loving me has become a daily adventure!  How do you feel about being beautiful? Judith Manganiello, Friend, author and founder of A Peace of the Universe recommended a practice many years ago and I still use and recommend it. Take a minute and look in the mirror and say, “I’m beautiful and I love you!” How does it feel? Comfortable or uncomfortable? Do you feel your inner beauty that shines through as you accept yourself? It may take time.   During this time of being more socially isolated the opportunity for self re-discovery has opened up for those who have been willing to experience more inner reflection and exploration. Rupi Kaur, Author, poet, artist, illustrator, and performer reminds us that, “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” Like so many things, it all begins with us doesn’t it? I wonder why criticizing is easier than accepting and loving?  When I first began practicing looking in the mirror I was more focused on what...

Despair or Hope?

“Hope is the only thing that will keep you from despair.”  ~C.S. Lewis, British writer and theologian. There’s a lot going on, isn’t there? So many distractions in our external world make it more and more challenging to spend time in our inner world, yes? I’ve heard several people talk about how emotional they’ve been this week. One person described it as a change in barometric pressure that’s bringing up so much emotion. Another person said, “It feels like I’m cleaning out all of my old stuff including suppressed emotions.” And still others have described an emotional roller coaster experiencing highs and lows. How have you been feeling? I’ve found moments where I’ve asked, “What’s next? What else can happen now?” I’ve found myself feeling the collective pain and I’ve felt helpless at times. For those of you who are sensitive and feel energies of others this time presents great challenges. It’s important to know when the energies are yours or others. Now is a good time to practice, especially when you feel off, asking, “Is what I’m feeling mine or others?” If it’s not yours then ask for help from God, High Self or your guides to release them.  Currently there’s a wide range of emotion swirling around in the collective consciousness. The denser emotions can range from despair, hopelessness, rejection, sorrow, anxiety, anger, hate, and fear. Feelings of hope, love, understanding, acceptance, inner peace, kindness, compassion, and joy are also being felt in spite of what’s happening in the world. I’m encouraged and hopeful as I see people of all ages immersing themselves in beauty, helping others,...

You Are You!

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet and Civil Rights Activist What is normal? How many times have you heard people say, “I can’t wait for things to return to normal?” Is that what we really want? Is it more that we want to feel more comfortable and in control of what’s going on around us? I love Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote as she brings up the possibility that we may never know how amazing we can be in doing so.  I’ve said this before, “I believe we’ve been given a great opportunity and in many ways a gift to create a new normal.” Whatever that means for each one of us. After all, we are all creators, aren’t we? More people are awakening to the fact that we have an opportunity to reclaim our power – the power that we’ve given to others for so many years. The canvas, gardens, or manuscripts are all blank. They are ours to fill. We are the Master Gardeners, Artists, Writers, and Musicians and can create more beauty, love, and stories with amazing outcomes. It’s our choice to survive or thrive! In other words, a new normal is ours to create. Dr. Angelou tells us, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, some humor and some style.” Our lives are ours to create and now more than ever is the time to let our voices be heard. We hear the cries of the oppressed,...

We’re In This Together!

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change.” William Arthur Ward, Writer I don’t know about you but there are moments where I feel overwhelmed and I ask, “What in the heck is going on in the world? Why am I here? How can I make a difference when so much seems broken?” When I feel like this I know it’s time to take some deep cleansing breaths and move my awareness into my heart space and once again feel inner peace, love, and my connection to God/Goddess/All That Is, Source. In this space the spark of hope emerges and once again I realize I’m not alone. As I reflect on the quote by William Arthur Ward I remember that life is an adventure and I’ve always thought of it as an evolving journey that’s dynamic and not static. For me, it’s like a spiral. There’s no beginning or ending only ever deepening levels of understanding with abundant opportunities for personal growth and change. I know that change must first occur within me before anything in my outer world changes. I also realize that I don’t have to travel alone. So, it was timely to watch a new music video by Tim McGraw, Singer, actor, and record producer called “Here On Earth”. I felt uplifted and inspired after watching it. I loved the words and the refrain resonated as Tim McGraw sang, “It’s like we open our eyes for the very first time when we found out why we’re here on Earth.” I often meet clients...

Being Free!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; . . .” ~ Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman The above popular quote from the Declaration of Independence written by the Committee of 5 on July 4, 1776 and signed by 56 Congressional delegates on August 2, 1776 reflected a hard won independence and freedom for our country. Today, I realize how much I’ve taken my freedoms for granted. In fact, I feel like I’ve only just awakened to a deeper truth that not everyone enjoys the same freedoms that I do. If all men/women are created equal then why do we still treat people who we perceive are different from us with prejudice? Whether it’s the color of someone’s skin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender – inequality persists. For too many years there has been a culture of domination, power over others, separation, and racism in our country. I know this is true and the inequities are coming into the light for all of us to see. Opportunities to change feel overwhelming at times and yet I am hopeful that there are ways of creating more freedom and equality for everyone. Buddha tells us, “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.” I’ve written before, that first, we must change within ourselves before things in our outer world can change. I believe this is more true than ever...

You Are a Healer!

“World peace begins with inner peace.” ~Dalai Lam How are you this week? With everything going on in the world do you find it more challenging to take time to focus on your inner world? Has it been more challenging to find your center and happy place? Does it seem like there are more distractions that prevent you from taking time for yourself and going within? If inner peace feels elusive then creating peace in the world isn’t possible. How can we begin? Have you thought of yourself as a healer? Hmmm. Close your eyes and feel how it resonates when you say, “I’m a healer.” Can you remember times when your physical body has healed either on its own or with help from practitioners? I believe we all are healers at some level. Some of you have chosen to enter healing professions, acquire healing techniques and tools, or create healing for others by listening. Have you created a healing and peaceful environment in your homes? Those of you who are drawn to the earth, think about how your touch or creation of beauty has helped heal the environment. What about looking within to become aware of the injured thoughts and beliefs that are often held deeply? This is one of the greatest healing experiences and gifts we can give to ourself as we acknowledge them and choose to let them go. Each one of us plays an important part in healing and creating peace through our words, beliefs, and actions. Through our individual growth, healing and peaceful feelings we contribute to the whole. We are One. The Dalai...

Let It Go!

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ~Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher and writer Endings and beginnings! Wow, so many examples everyday. Systems, beliefs, biases, habits, routines, self-image and so much more. It’s amazing how synchronicity works. For example, my husband mentioned letting go might be a good topic to write about this week. Next, although I’ve never seen the movie Frozen, I kept hearing the song, “Let It Go” so I watched the animated YouTube version. Then, later as I listened to my Pandora playlist guess what song came up? “Let It Go” by James Bay! Synchronicity, I love it!! So, let it go, it is! How timely that we’re in the seasonal change represented by the Summer Solstice. As I reflected on “Letting Go” and how it applies to me I considered the energy of the Solstice which many feel represents new beginnings as well as an awakening and return to the light. Once again we’re invited to slow down, be patient and take time for self reflection. I think of this time as a gift and an opportunity to ask, “What do I believe? Am I aligned with my beliefs? What am I willing to change if I’m not. What am I willing to let go?” Brazilian lyricist and novelist, Paul Coelho has said, “If you’re brave enough to say goodby, life will reward you with a new hello.” In the moment it may not feel like it though. Remember, chaos precedes and follows change. There’s certainly lots of it around us right now. Are you ready to think about new beginnings and a new hello?...

Beauty is Felt With the Heart!

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer In the midst of chaos, pandemic, staying home, political division, and protests this week I found myself seeking more and more beauty to find inner peace. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but I believe that peace begins within me and so does beauty! I have felt my soul sigh with a deep heartfelt knowing that beauty, hope, peace, and love are possible regardless of what’s happening in the world. It’s ours to choose and experience. I’ve wondered, “How often do I take beauty for granted? Does beauty really reside within me?” Staying at home has provided time to become more aware of beauty in my life. It begins with the inner beauty I hold which can’t be seen or touched. It’s felt. In addition, there’s external beauty that includes: vibrant colors, fragrant flowers, birds singing, chalk art on the sidewalks, clouds in the sky, my home and health, and my relationships to name a few. How is this moment different? I feel beauty from my heart and soul in ways that seem deeper and more visceral. When I feel like this there is no room for fear, judgment, or self-doubt. It’s a conscious acknowledgment of feeling, seeing, hearing, accepting, and appreciating what’s within me as well as around me – not thinking or intellectualizing. The opportunity to BE more than constantly doing has contributed to these heightened awarenesses. Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “The mind can...

Be the Change!

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi, Lawyer, politician, activist and writer How are you feeling this week? It’s been another roller coaster ride of deep emotions for me. So much has been happening all around the world. First, a Pandemic then, 3 pivotal black lives killed triggering a peace movement, violence and looting. In addition, we’ve experienced a Lunar eclipse and a Strawberry full moon. Through these events I’ve seen how connected we are to one another throughout the world and seen long buried feelings of discrimination, inequality, and hatred come into the light of day once again. People have gathered in groups to demand change due to police brutality, inequality, and systems that are broken. I’ve also seen sparks of hope, courage, compassion, and a willingness to change during the chaos. For a moment I wondered if the significance of the Strawberry Moon was important. Considering so much chaos swirling I felt comforted that these lunar energies were supportive of self care, creating space to change our  lives as well as a time for us to step back and regroup. This is exactly where we are. Right now I hear singer, songwriter, peace activist, John Lennon’s words, “ . . . Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” What kind of world do you imagine? We are all equal and no one is less or more than another truly. Unfortunately power over people...