Last week, Thursday afternoon, I felt a familiar ache on the right side of my throat. I have only one tonsil (that’s another story) and it lets me know if I’m coming down with a cold. My faithful cold-o-meter. Time to take extra immune-boosting supplements, eat nourishing food like homemade miso soup, drink plenty of […]
A question can reconnect you to your body, to your breath, to a friend. A question can set you free. Lately I’ve come across some questions that made me sit up and think. The kind of questions that can send ripples through you. Questions you’ve longed to be asked and didn’t even know it.
The Zone Subtle activism. Spiritual intervention. Planetary transformation. These are components of a project I’ve been participating in for several years now called the Gaiafield Project, based at the California Institute for Integral Studies. “The Gaiafield Project promotes the study and practice of subtle activism, which affirms the power of consciousness-based approaches like global meditation […]
Do you have a little cache of go-to wisdom? Choice phrases that came your way and took up residence in your psyche? There they wait, ready to be drawn upon in times of need, a perfect morsel of guidance for the journey. Rather than reacting with emotions of resentment, disappointment, or anger at a personality […]
Ah, self-nurturing! It might sound like bucolic bliss at first, but what does it really mean? Do you even know what nurtures you, personally, beyond your go-to comforts? What is deeply essential to your well-being? What helps you thrive and feel deeply alive? And, how do you feed those holy hungers and do it without […]
Years ago, in a book by Dr. Andrew Weil, I was struck by his encouragement to buy flowers, and his insistence on the importance of beauty to our well-being. Until then, I’d bought flowers occasionally, but his affirmation of the deep value of beauty opened a door for me to buy flowers more routinely for […]
Do you fear joy? I certainly didn’t think so until one day when I was deep in thought about an upcoming happy event. All of a sudden I realized a pattern had been activated: contracting from feeling too much joy. A dear friend was coming to play – tea, talk, crafts – and I was […]
Like author bell hooks, “Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.” Here are two that changed my life … Years ago while walking past a low bookcase in the local library, a book jumped off the shelf toward me. It sure seemed that way. Turned out to be a novel about a modern […]