Posts Tagged "spirituality"

Heeding the Siren and Letting Everything Go (big changes for 2014)

We are not enlightened by what we speak, but rather what speaks to us. Yet we pass truth around, instead of letting it pass through us. These were the words I wrote over a year ago, words that went ringing in my ears, setting into motion a train that’s only now pulling into station, that last sentence like the line of cars being pulled along, showing itself to me again and again. I want to try – possibly unsuccessfully – to explain how it’s changed me and what that means for this space. Be patient, please…and be gentle… —— We watch as wisdom flashes across our screen – a quote, a message, a reminder, a graphic – some ancient knowledge speaking to us, jolting us awake from our day-to-day shuffle, but we fail to let it permeate us, to sink in through muscle and bone, to the marrow of our…

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My Retreat Turned Into Retreating

I’ve got my feet up, my heart out, my head on. I’m not sure if I’m ready or just resolute, but I’m on my way. Confronting my resistance with 7 days of all day, every day meditation. It might blow my mind to bits. But that might be a good thing. That was the photo and those were the words rattling around within me Friday. Right before I turned my phone off, handed it to my hubby, and arrived at the ashram. I’m not sure how to describe the week that followed. People like to ask if I “had a good time”, but “good” is not exactly the word that fits. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t exactly good either. Useful. That was the adjective I settled on. It was a useful week. Enlightening. Challenging. Helpful in many ways. Heart-wrenching in others. I knew I’d be confronting my resistance to…

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My Wisdom, My Bullshit (and showing up for the right one)

I leave in just a couple hours, and I haven’t packed or even done laundry. I’ve been rushing through all the things I need to do before I leave because once I’m gone I’m actually going to be 100% gone. Off the grid. Seven days. Nothing but meditation. No email. No Facebook or Instagram. No internet whatsoever. I’m not even going to bring my phone. [Insert wide-eyed look of fear here.] Unless there is a bonafide emergency – something that (heaven forbid) involves a hospital or a mortuary – I will have zero contact with anyone but my own Self and the few others who will be on this little “retreat” with me. (That alone is a big deal. I can’t remember ever being out of contact with Justin or Zeb for more than 24 hours.) It’s not really a retreat, in the way we’ve come to see retreats. It’s…

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The Spiritual Type-O-Meter: Which one are you?

Have you ever noticed certain spiritual “types” – ways in which people approach or navigate or experience their own personal development or philosophies or beliefs? I’ve been playing with this idea – not as another flipping way to create a label for ourselves – but as a tongue-in-cheek way to notice our own tendencies. Don’t take it too seriously, k? Type 1: The Spiritual Doer The Spiritual Doers are easy to spot. They take their drive in business and in life and apply it to their spirit. Their energy never stops. They devour Life and all its experiences with an insatiable hunger for more. They aren’t easily daunted by what they perceive to be their own work. They delve in, swim in it, play in it. They do the same with all of Life. They are most often the adventurers and I think they may be the ones to take…

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And Then Along Came a Spider (Your Fear is Your Medicine)

It was almost two year ago. I was deep in my own inner work, peeling back the layers of my story, probing the past assaults I’ve inflicted on my own spirit, forgiving the heartaches given to me. And I was writing. Pouring my heart out. My truth and soul spilled across the digital page. Blanket sprawled across a grassy field next to our RV park, cool breeze, sunshine. Heaven. And then along came Spider. I’ve always listened to the signs and patterns in my life, always paid special attention to the creatures as soon as they first raised my curiosities (“Mom, do bugs know our name is People?”). I had had close encounters of the comforting kind with Hummingbird for years, a sweet creature that journeyed with me through some dark and lonely terrain, who spoke reminders of my being cradled and held and seen and loved. So Animal Medicine…

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TechNomads, Perched to Fly, and Hatch Words

Just a quick little post to direct you to three other places to hear from me! Ramblings: Tales from Nomads – Chris and Cherie interviewed us waaaaaaay back in 2010 when we had JUST hit the road, right before I had started coaching and when our entire world was transitioning us into Who We Are. This is the updated Where-We-Are-Now video!  Life, Love, & Source with Hatch Words – This lovely website is truly amazing. Stories from all walks of spirituality and understanding. Joni interviewed me on my journey from Christianity to whatever you would call me now. I have to say, I’m used to the basic interviews but this one was so much richer and deeper than I normally get to share. It was wonderful for me to just put my experiences and feelings into some sort of (inadequate) words. Fulfilling Life with Perched to Fly – Connecting with…

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Is “filling our cups” conditional happiness for mamas?

I love all you women on the Tribe/Sisterhood forums. If you’re not on there, or not over there often, they’re all so beautifully deep and reflective and honest. The conversations that stem from those qualities are cup-filling for me, big time. One such conversation was on that exact topic, “Filling Our Cups”, also the first module of the Organic Parenting e-course. This part of the course focuses on a part of the Digging Deep process that is based off of Nonviolent Communication. A really important and soul-stretching discussion was opened up on whether our attempts to meet our needs and create the elements that “fill our cups” can lock us into a form of conditional happiness…as in “I can only be happy when I get what I want”. This was particularly thought-provoking for me: I worry that I will become *dependent* on “getting my me-time” or whatever it is, for…

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There and Back Again {A Tale of Thanksgiving and Spiritual Failure}

We just arrived home from a 9 day trip back to Las Vegas. Let me warn you now, this post may be long, meandering, and senseless to anyone but me while I try to make sense of the many things going on in my head and my heart. {I’m also going to talk somewhat candidly here and do so mindfully and in my never-freaking-ending practice to keep my focus on my own heart, without projecting or losing sight of my own accountability. None of this is “about” anyone, hold my experience with Life and how the hell we make sense of the seemingly senseless hurt it can deliver.} Ascending on my hometown Feeling more like a visitor this time {than the escapee of before} I haven’t missed this place Haven’t missed “home” Although I know that’s not the story for all Those were the words I quickly penned as our…

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Experiences with Mama Ocean

i didn’t even want to be there, at the ocean i told myself this tender space i was in was already too much i had too many tendrils out in the world and my heart was overwhelmed and the only thing i knew i wanted was to not feel this way sadness aching for unknown reasons as my cracked open shell weeped a pain i didn’t have a name for i had been in a space of spiritual healing tucked away in my notebook in my walks in my quiet space to protect myself from the harshness of the world i could breathe in that quiet space, could feel the ache subside until i stepped into the world again and felt it’s heaviness wrap over me and so i didn’t really want to go to the water out there in the world even for the quick glimpse they all promised…

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Organic Wisdom :: How To Find Your Answers

I like to share some of the quotes I post on Twitter and Facebook, with some of my expanded thoughts and feelings on it here. “Organic Wisdom” is what I have found speaking to me in those quiet moments, that guides me and that echoes Truth in my life. Please feel free to download, or share this image in any way you’d like. I touch on this in the free e-course, on how to turn inward, to find what we seek that is already dwelling in our core. But I want to expand on my thoughts here too. We spend way too much time looking for answers outside ourselves. We look to books, and magazines, food and alcohol, Oprah and Dr. Phil. We turn to rituals, and talisman, and trinkets, and oracles, and religion all in an attempt to divine our route. We turn to gurus and leaders and ministers….

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