All around the world and throughout time people have been engaged with ritual. Whether these ceremonies are elaborate or disarmingly simple they play a vital role for the human psyche. Ritual allows us to step out of ordinary time. We pause and connect to something much larger than ourselves that also dwells within us. During … Continue reading The Importance of Ritual
The Shoulders We Stand On
I've been giving some serious thought to a concept shared with me many years ago by a Native American Elder. They said, "We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us." At the time I likened this to my upbringing that taught, "respect your elders." I did my best to honor and … Continue reading The Shoulders We Stand On
Little Teachers on Being Present
I'm learning to be fully present. It has happened quite by accident! Oh sure, I've had an idea of living in this way. I actually return to the notion over and over because my mind has run away from the present moment once again. The reasons I check out from being fully in the moment … Continue reading Little Teachers on Being Present
Message of Hearts
Something pretty amazing took place in my life several years ago. I can not recall the circumstances of my life and what was taking place at the time. The only thing I remember is the hearts. I began to notice heart shapes in nature. Several times a week I would see a heart. They could … Continue reading Message of Hearts
Rain Dance of Celebration!
The rain has found its way here once again! For those of you not living in Northern California this may not register much of an impact. To the many folks who do live here or live in a similar climate where rain is scarce, any falling of water from the skies is cause for celebration! … Continue reading Rain Dance of Celebration!
Dreams Manifested: Short Story Published!
I am beyond excited today! Today is the first time I've had the chance to see one of my stories in print! There is no describing the elation I felt when I saw the book cover! Some time ago I fell head over heels in love with writing fiction that has a message for the … Continue reading Dreams Manifested: Short Story Published!
Life’s Little Surprises
Once in a while life will send you little surprises. They take you unaware and by doing so have the potential to transport you. The unexpectedness of these little surprises brings you more fully present, if only for a moment. We have experienced such occasions here in Northern California. In fact, they have all taken … Continue reading Life’s Little Surprises
Tuning In to the Subtleties of Spirit
This morning I was recalling a day not too long ago. The day I was remembering was not one of my best. In fact, I was feeling very down and discouraged about life. Those folks within close proximity of me listened to me express my dissatisfaction. It was pretty grim. In an attempt to lighten … Continue reading Tuning In to the Subtleties of Spirit
Summer Solstice: the Seat of the Fire
Welcome Summer! Summer is many things and there are vast teachings about this season. Today I wish to honor the fire. Fire burns but it is also brings transformation and renewal. Fire represents Spirit and the elemental spark within all of life. Fire helps us to remember the intensity and passion present in life. Take … Continue reading Summer Solstice: the Seat of the Fire
Offering Thanks Restores You to Beauty
A Native American Elder once told me, "If we would remember to say thank you, we would never need another ceremony." I'll never forget him telling me this because it was also an instruction. I knew that at the time. We were sitting inside the tepee before the prayer ceremony began. It was just the … Continue reading Offering Thanks Restores You to Beauty