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Practicing Radical Kindness

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The world needs your kindness...

And it needs mine as well...

It needs ALL of our kind acts, if we are to survive as a nation and as a planet...

I have been reflecting on this a lot of late, wanting so desperately to withdraw further from the world, and I've already done a good job of that. Yet, I cannot ignore so much of what I read that brings to mind the urgency of needing to change our directions - as peoples, as nations, as religious traditions, as leaders, and as the trampled and abused earth that we live on. 

I am forced to weigh the impact of my actions, of my thoughts, of my words...

The Dalai Lama has often written that kindness is his religion. He has taught that we do not need complicated philosophies or religions to abide by - we just simply need more kindness. We just need to exercise more kindness overall...

The story of the Good Samaritan especially comes to mind here. A man of a different tradition and nation - chooses to make a difference - he exercises kindness and me…

A Divided Heart

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Sometimes we must live, caught between one place and the other.

Sometimes, we are unsure of where we are and how we feel - or where we are going.

Sometimes, we must live, with a divided heart.

The insight came to me, on my walk yesterday morning, as the day began to steam up.

Why is it that we often feel divided?

We can be divided within ourselves in so many ways:

Divided in what we think - and the guilt that we have for thinking that way...

In what we we want, as opposed to what we have...

Where I work, and what I really want to do...

Where I am, and where I want to be...

Where I live, and where I want to go...

Who I am with, and who I want to spend time with...

Who I see, and who I yearn to be with...

How I spend my time, and how I really would prefer to spend it...

How things actually unfold in my life, and not how I wish they would do so...

The choices I made, instead of the ones I really wanted to make...

Why must we live with a heart and life divided?

Things rarely go as they should, or at least…

Animal Offerings

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Messages come in many ways - if we have the ears to listen, the eyes to see, and the heart to feel...

I receive several of them on a walk this week, and it has taken me days to reflect on them and explore their meaning for me...

The day is beautiful - cool, crisp, and lit up by a brilliant blue, and cloudless sky. I am anxious to get going and commence my daily litany of prayers, meditations, and dialogue with the Other Side...

Almost immediately, I am stopped by a beautiful doe several feet in front of me. I glanced to look at my feet momentarily - and when I looked back up - there she was, seemingly having materialized out of thin air.

I look at her - and she peers at me very intently. I begin to speak to her - heart to heart and soul to soul.

She listens, and almost seems to nod, and then takes a few steps toward me. I do not move, afraid of scaring her away, so we continue our dance of beholding one another and communicating silently.

She moves off to the side, gracefully for a few pace…

Love and Illusion

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The sun rises and unveils a brilliant blue and cloudless sky...

The crisp coolness of an early June morning takes my breath away,,,

Two cardinals sit on my deck bistro chairs facing each other and I imagine they are chatting happily...

It is as if all is well with the world, but I know that it is not...

And yet, all is impregnated with the Presence of the Divine... I KNOW it - as all mystics know and feel this in their bones. Thus, I have never - and could never question or doubt what I feel is more real in my life than most things...

I walk and pray and pray and walk - open to the insights and messages I receive from my guides on the Other Side of the Veil...

They come every time - because I invoke their presence and ask for their guidance. In the words of Yogananda I beseech them to:


"Lead me from ignorance to wisdom, From restlessness to peace, And from desire to contentment."
I reflect on the state of the world, the divisiveness, the hatred and violence and I am told that it is al…

Love and Acceptance

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I believe we receive exactly the messages and insights we need, exactly when we need them. But, you have to be open to receiving those messages!

Several times, in the last few weeks, I have received variants of the same basic insights.

Yesterday, I drew two cards from the Tosha Silver deck of "Change Me Prayers." I only meant to draw one. But something told me to take one more.

And here they are - Love and Acceptance.

May be I be changed into one who loves and accepts unconditionally all that I am given - in terms of challenges, opportunities, insights, gifts, blessings, relationships and burdens.

I know, it is easier said than done...

But the thing is, we are always wiser in hindsight. We can see things with a clarity we did not have when we were deep in a situation. Or, we might not ever see the experience for what it was - or what it gave birth to. More often than not, the choice is ours.

I know I will never be perfect. I know I will fail at times. But I choose to be as open as …

Let it Go and Let it Flow

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The words come to me, easily, and gracefully on a morning walk, as I reflect on challenges and unwanted changes - it is as if I can literally hear them whispered in my ear...


"Let it go and let it flow..."
I am invited to release all that does not serve. 

I am invited to change...

I am invited to grow and transition into a higher vibration...


"Let it go and let it flow..."
What is meant to be flows effortlessly and in my heart of hearts I know that all will unfold as it is meant to be...

We cannot go backwards in time - only forward - and yet I know that all that really matters is the present moment...


"Let go and let it flow..."
I step into the waters of grace and accept the invitation to all that is being offered even if I do not know where it will all lead me. I trust it will all unfold in Divine Order...


"Let it go and let if flow..."
An ocean of Love calls out to me and I choose to leave behind all that no longer serves...


"Let it go and let it fl…

In the Heart There is No Distance

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In the heart, there is no distance or time...

These words come to me on a walk mere days before I am off to see a friend move on to the next chapter of her life...

There is sadness on this walk, and a feeling of impending loss. But the angels whisper in my ear:

In the heart, there is no distance or time...

I drive into the mountains and country on a magnificent and glorious day - the air so crisp and clean, I can almost taste it, and there is not a cloud in the sky. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for this sacred time with a mystical companion.

It is the Feast of St Julian of Norwich, whose sacred mantra has fed my soul for decades:

"All shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing shall be well."

My dear friend and soul companion and I, often ended our conversations with this gentle reminder through many challenges and trials and tribulations. Tonight, we will light tea candle holders with this beautiful prayer and affirmation.

I arrive to her…