Posts Tagged as: Healing
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart
I recently had an important conversation on the nature of thanksgiving, which reminded of my article “Pachamama illuminating Thanksgiving.” A little boy in the place where I volunteer brought up some painful memories to the surface. The details of his account may be arguable but the sentiment behind his words was real. I appreciate his courage to speak up and present a different story than the one we are fed through HIStory.
How do we remove the veil of numbness and acknowledge our past–not to blame or victimize but to learn from our mistakes and wake up? It is imperative to look back in order to move forward. We are still so deeply wounded by what happened to our ancestors. Our wounds need tending and each strand of our diverse global community needs deep healing. Instead of ignoring and sweeping painful memories under the rug, lets look at the things that want to emerge to create a life of aliveness, heart, and soul.
Here is an admirable example of a grandmother who lives and shows the way to communal healing. Historically, clan mothers were decision makers in the community. The film Clan Mother shows the efforts of Molly Miller, clan mother of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, who works to revitalize the Mohican language, culture, and community. I am inspired by her desire to transmit her wisdom and heal her community. Starting with the children, she is restoring a wise way of being in harmony with the world.
May we acquire less and experience more.
Speaking of wisdom, in most native cultures around the world, thanksgiving is not a once a year celebration, it is a way of living, a constant state of appreciation. My wish is that the love and gratitude that unraveled on thanksgiving day spills out into every other day, that in the frenzy of the holidays we remember to relax our tight grip on things and slow down to feel, experience, and celebrate life.
I am grateful for the earth and sky, our deep waters, wild flowers, animal and plant beings, the spark in our eyes, our loved ones showing us the meaning of love and for each and every one of you saying yes to life. May we have the courage to feed our deepest self and give thanks, everyday. And may all our spaces of pain and separation transform into spaces of togetherness, freedom, celebration, and the most powerful medicine of all: love.
Dear ones, life needs room to flow. I will be offering Make Space for Joy again in January 2014. May we trust mystery and leave some space for magic as we remember to:
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ~ Mary Oliver
With deep appreciation,
“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ~ Mary Oliver Bees and everything they represent are endangered. Our precious bees won’t live to tell their tale if we continue to dwell in unconscious ways. We are experiencing an increase in toxicity in our environments and a decline in biodiversity: birds, insects, wildflowers, bats, etc. The…
“Re-examine all you have been told at school, or church, or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your…
Do you feel imprisoned, stuck, estranged and alien in your own skin, home, land? The journey from prison to freedom is about removing the negative connotations of home, expanding our perception of this sacred space, taking it on a journey from prison to freedom. I am writing this article to claim the sacredness of the home as a safe haven where to nourish your life force, stir your creativity, feed your soul, enliven your spirit.
It is Summer and nature is blossoming in all her glory. We come into deep resonance with our true selves in the landscape. Our skewed sense of fragmentation, separation, and dissonance dissolve, melt away, and we start to flow again. Our souls are enlivened in the fullness of nature. May you feel her healing power in your heart, space, and life.
There is a good thing on top of that mountain. I will make a straight line for it.” But the archetypal way is not like that; it is a serpentine way that wriggles and spirals its way to the top. We often feel defeated by it and brought to a standstill. It makes most people…
Fall is the season of turning inwards, of savoring the lessons, the messages, the harvesting of the soul digesting life. In Taoism and Feng Shui, the element of fall is metal, so you may feel naturally drawn to the beauty of these crystals around this time of the year. They inspire us to find the depth, clarity, focus and discipline to diligently pursue our dreams.
This is a post I wrote last year, which I am grateful to share with you again today; it offers a different angle on Thanksgiving day. A day of gratitude is a beautiful thing but ignorance is not bliss. We got much to shift, realign, liberate, both on a personal and collective level. From an…
It is often those difficult feelings that wake me up to deeper layers of awareness & surrender, to a vision ushering a new reality. So much about our work is unearthing lost treasures, questioning our assumptions, re-envisioning an ancient future. My words are birds seeking freedom, echoing an ancient song waiting to ring and flow through us all.
Life brims on the fringes, with a different kind of order, which we call the OTHER. This Other is nature, woman, the feminine. An order we don’t yet understand and therefore neglect, ignore, demonize and suppress. The result is neglected people, neglected spaces, and neglected ideas. Life on the edge is not always glamorous when…