Befriending Darkness

We all begin in darkness. A zygote in the eternal mother’s womb. We are sheltered, fed, tended by the dark, all our needs met. We are warm. We are safe. We belong to everything and there is no separation between me and it and her and him and they. There is only what is. But then… we are thrust into the light. A disconnect happens.

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Small Noticing Can Make A BIG Impact

Sometimes the thought of an aware life can feel overwhelming.  There is so much to be aware of! Where do you even start? Yet if the aware life is more about practice than mastery finding small ways to be aware of one area of life can aid into becoming aware of all of life.  Little noticings done with intention can have a big impact. Here is a 6 week practice to help heighten your awareness.

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Is This Your First Day?

September reminds me of the first day of school and all my new supplies; sharp pencils, new erasers and the all-important lunchbox and backpack. Picking supplies out was thrilling. And then I’d get to school and my energy would be all over the place. The reality didn’t match my expectations and then I didn’t feel like I wanted to start the new school year anymore.

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How to Talk to a Brick Wall

“Talking to them is like talking to a brick wall.”  Have you ever had a conversation where all you are thinking is “they are so stubborn, if they would only look at life a bit differently it would be so much better?”  What do you do with the stubborn, set-in-their-ways people in your life?  This is a question I hear a lot, especially from people who have experienced awakening or have opened up to God in their lives and know the benefits of changing your perspective. The gift of freedom and love is so strong that when you bump into someone who is closed off and complaining about it and yet refuses to do anything about it the contrast actually feels painful.

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Lost in Transition

There was a place I used to work that naturally had a dark interior. Every time I entered the building I would have to stand there for a minute and let my eyes adjust to the dimmer light.  One day I walked in and someone wanted me to read something and I let them know it would be a moment before I could see it and they responded, “Oh I get it you are lost in transition.”

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How to Deal with Difficult Situations and Not Lose Yourself.

I am in the midst of some challenges that are creating some chaos (movement) in my life.  One is the chaos that comes with creation and will be to my benefit and the other is just the chaos that can happen in life.  As I am moving through these situations I find myself saying "Wow! This practice really works!"  I thought I’d share what I am doing in the midst of these in hopes it may inspire you in a difficult situation.

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How badly do you want it?

We are in the season of summer road trips.  Anyone remember AAA trip maps?  I loved them as a kid.  I could see where we have been and know where we were headed.  I love seeing the whole picture!!  Then along comes GPS.  I have to admit I struggle with GPS.  It just tells me moment by moment where I am to go and I have to trust it.  Having lived in the Valley for a long time I know several ways to get to where I want to go; why listen to GPS?

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