Posts Tagged as: heart

Everyday flow of gratitude


“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,

Trust this not knowing. It’s the crack that lets the light in

 “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl It is so liberating to accept that more often than not, we don’t know. Life opens us to receive those hints of deepest resonance that whisper yes, free up some energy, let go, trust, make space for magic. The universe flowers with…

Oct 4, 2013 | continue reading →

Feel this seed burst open into galaxies of love. You are here to risk your heart

Goddess Kali. Fierce Feminine archetype

Death is part of life, and yet, it is the ultimate OTHER. DEATH: Unfortunately, an ugly, unspoken word in our culture, still taboo in our glorification of only one aspect of manifestation, which really thrives in the embrace of both life and death kissing each other. There is no creation without dissolution; they are the yin and yang & the ebb and flow of life forming the natural rhythm of the world.

Feb 10, 2013 | continue reading →

Feeling the sun in my heart

When I slow down enough, I can feel the tides of the universe in my heart. Today I woke up feeling the sun in my heart. I woke up from dreamtime with these words rumbling like thunder…

Feb 3, 2013 | continue reading →

The sacred voice of all my relations

freedom to all my relations

A large part of my work is teaching others how to see space, place, landscape, and life with their hearts. As a lover of Pachamama, I am devoted to revealing a more feminine way of dwelling, and therefore, appreciate Chief Spence’s precious letter dispelling ignorance and compelling us to care for the rights of indigenous people and the natural environment. Why do I care so much?

Jan 23, 2013 | continue reading →

Winter Solstice and this blessed unrest

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost…There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. ~ Martha Graham

Dec 21, 2012 | continue reading →

What our spaces say matters. Our needs & the art of nonviolent communication

woody elemetnal of love

I love this elemental I found in wood. There is so much love within and around us, waiting for us to tap into its frequency. I have been meditating on the ability of space to meet our needs. At one point or another along our development as kids, we were quite vocal about our needs. There was no shame. There was beauty in expressing what was true for us.

Oct 8, 2012 | continue reading →

A rainbow of Amazon inspiration

  The lodge that welcomed us home The sounds of the forest echo in my heart The magical skies La luna illuminated our path! The sacred flow of the rivers C’est moi on the boat! The lush and wild landscapes Such iridescent green! In the Amazonas jungle, nature shines in all her splendor in the…

Jun 28, 2012 | continue reading →

Setting our hearts free. Unleashing Flow. In sync with nature & cosmos

My heart is brimming with love. A more enlightened way of dwelling and moving through the world. Dedicated to liberating movement, energy, motion, our true nature, spacious and luminous, this is how I feel when the birds from the spaces of our mind, heart and soul are set free: elated. In sync with nature and cosmos.

Feb 23, 2012 | continue reading →