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Broken Hearts—Open Hearts

I’ve been in denial about all the lives lost due to COVID. It now surpasses 400,000 Americans, and over 2,000,000 people worldwide. So many beloved spouses and partners, grandparents, parents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, and coworkers that are just . . . gone. So many who died alone, surrounded and comforted not…

Using “Life Preservers”

Wow, and we thought 2020 was challenging! Apparently “It ain’t over yet.” I think it’s worth re-visiting what I said in a previous post: . . . in the “spiritual” websites I sometimes read, there seem to be two camps: the “doomsayers-but-someday” crowd vs. the “we’ve-turned-the-corner” adherents. . . . The “doomsayers” claim we’re heading…

A Turning Point and “Breathing Out”

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, I spent much of the afternoon with tears welling up in my eyes while I watched in horror as the U.S. Capitol was “breached.” I saw reports about our elected representatives hunkering down under their Chamber desks, donning gas masks, and “sheltering in place” as protestors rioters “desecrated and vandalized”…

2021: “Breathing in” and “Breathing out”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Finally, it’s 2021. We did it—we survived 2020. It was by no means easy, and it involved considerable loss of life and suffering, and a huge disruption of “normal” in our lives. But we somehow muddled through tweets and uncertainty, outrage and fear and, literally, concerns about life and death. So take…

Holiday Reflections (and New Traditions)

As I’ve written in several blog posts, this protracted COVID stay-at-home over fall and winter months provides an opportunity for a lot of quiet self reflection. But it also means that this year’s holidays are very different from any we’ve ever experienced, with many revered traditions having to fall by the wayside. So maybe we…

Compassion Part 3: “Challenges” (Visible and Not)

I dated a guy named Jon in college who, after holding the door open for a woman in a wheelchair, commented to me, “We all have disabilities. Some are just more visible than others.” At the time, I filed that away as “interesting.” Now I think it’s profound and worth exploring. And, as usual, my…

Choose the Middle Ground

There are a lot of “two camp” issues right now, for example, pro-maskers vs. anti-maskers, and soon probably more pro-vaxxers vs. anti-vaxxers. Likewise, in the “spiritual” websites I sometimes read, there seem to be two camps: the “doomsayers-but-someday” crowd vs. the “we’ve-turned-the-corner” adherents. I think there’s a middle ground we can take to help us…

It’s Time to Speak the “Unspoken”

My blog Muse got inspired last week when I read the phrase “unspoken conversations” somewhere (can’t remember where). Which got me thinking about the “taboo” topics “they” say never to talk about: religion, politics, and sex. But I’m going to posit something different: if we want to work together and co-create a new Path for…

A Note About the U.S. Election

It’s been a rough few weeks (months, years!). We have a lot going on. And “it ain’t over yet.” So: Take a nice deep, cleansing breath. In the domain of politics and the news media, remember that threats and conjecture (from officials and pundits alike) are not real—and don’t need to be dealt with—until if…

Our “Garden of Gethsemane” Moment

By now, you know about my eclectic spiritual beliefs that I hold deeply in my very core. But watching the election results on Tuesday night, I “forgot” some of those beliefs. I found myself feeling disconsolate, and betrayed and abandoned by my Spirit Guides and, yes, even by God/Source/Light. In my mind I railed at…

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