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The Grit, Grime & Grace of Family Healing

The Grit, Grime & Grace of Family Healing

  One recent night before bedtime my children and I gathered in the living room for a family meeting.* My daughter Arayla, who is fourteen, had called the meeting, informing us that she had some “grievances” she needed to clear with her younger brother, Ezra....

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Profundity of Presence

Profundity of Presence

This moment. This very moment that our whole lives led up to. Oh my, such an amazing realization every single time! I’m writing this and you’re reading this in THIS moment. I confess I notice a little self-consciousness that accompanies this desire to speak to the...

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A Dharma Bell for Self-Compassion

A Dharma Bell for Self-Compassion

What if every single time we are triggered, and every mistake we make is an invitation for self-compassion; an invitation to be merciful with ourselves? What if the very presence of reactivity—either inside of us, or coming at us—can be a dharma bell for...

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New Decade Blessings

New Decade Blessings

Happy New Year, new decade, new holy moment from our little family to all of you… I feel a simple prayer for us all. A prayer for ever-deepening presence in our living and our loving. A prayer for intimacy with the gift of this moment and what it means to keep our...

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Vigilance & Mercy~ Preview!

Vigilance & Mercy~ Preview!

Dear Loves, Whew, my friends…these times! Oh my. How are they for you? I notice for myself and so many others, including most of my closest kindreds, these times are really working us over. Perhaps in extremely potent times of immense evolutionary transition, it’s the...

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Loving Life on Life’s Terms

Loving Life on Life’s Terms

Several years ago, during this very same season of giving thanks, I went through a very difficult passage. It was not long after my daughter Arayla (nine years old at the time), had endured a vicious health ordeal that landed her in the pediatric I.C.U. for one long,...

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From Mother to Mother: A Lovenote

From Mother to Mother: A Lovenote

Sometimes when I see mothers with young children—shopping in the grocery store, or waiting in line at the taqueria, or just walking down the sidewalk—my heart swells with so much appreciation and empathy it often brings tears to my eyes. Especially when there’s one...

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Truth is My Only Business

Truth is My Only Business

I’m letting go now, my friend. I give in. I welcome you to give in, alongside me. I cannot hold on a moment longer to anything needing to be a certain way. I cannot perfect these costumes life has asked me to wear, nor can I master these roles I’m asked to play. Any...

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Losing It, and Then Finding It Again

Losing It, and Then Finding It Again

The other morning I woke up to one of those crazy time-crunch scenarios. You know—where it feels basically impossible to do everything we’re supposed to do inside the tiny window of time we’re given to do it? I had the chimney sweep people scheduled to arrive at 8 AM,...

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REFUGE

REFUGE

In these trying times of fires and hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes ravaging all corners of the globe; with political insanity raging and uncertainty looming around every bend; these heartbreaking times that find the whales sick and the bees leaving; that find...

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“If our love for life remains conditional, based upon us getting our own way or life looking the way we want it to, we remain defended against the slap of life’s ruthless uncertainty.

The degree to which our hearts are guarded and armored against life’s horrors is the exact degree to which we are also closed to its brilliant love, beauty, and joy.”

 

“If we learn how to consciously meet our suffering, then even our suffering is the precise medicine needed to bring us deeper home to life and to love. ” 

“As we learn to open wider to the depth of grief that is here for us—personally, collectively, and globally—we can allow the honest inclusion of our brokenness to bring us home to what’s unbreakable.  ”