Read this one slowly because each nugget is profound: Freedom is a heavy load, a great strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given but a choice made, and the choice made made may be a hard one. The road goes upwards towards the light, but the latent traveler . . .
We find comfort in the familiar and in my husband and my culture, it's the aromas that emanate from a Sicilian kitchen...peppers, onion, garlic, eggplant and garden-grown basil in the saute pan to be served over pasta with a traditional red sauce. For us it's a whole grain pasta but that wasn't an . . .
It's been almost four years since my dear friend passed away and yet, she comes to mind almost every single day. Why is that? The truth is, I don't know. I can't put my finger on why she became so important to me. Why she made such a difference in my life. I suspect it was her authenticity. How . . .
I've tried to stay as far away as possible from Marie Kondo's book on organizing, even though I badly need help. My brain just does not think in an organized way and it's truly painful for me to try to imagine organization schemes. But I couldn't help it. I was curious to see a couple of Kondo's . . .
Gathered together we find our light and each spark shifts and multiplies, scattering its radiance on our ordinary lives, like everything precious, more valuable when shared. Like every common miracle, made of the stuff of stars. Let the light shine--watch for it falling one other’s faces. Count the . . .
I know. Our image of Native Americans is not what this Navajo blessing depicts, but of bloodthirsty savages. Well, not so fast with those stereotypes. Man has always had its warrior class, usually to defend and protect people or land. Native Americans are no different in that respect. But in other . . .
Let's take a moment for self-examination. I do this, every so often, myself, and I thought I'd share. How do we affect others? Do they come away with smile? a good feeling? uplifted? Or do we drag them down? Are our interactions with others positive and warm? Or are they negative and dark? When . . .
If you're like most of us, you've wondered about your life direction. Especially if you're a younger woman. As opposed to midlife or older. Because by that time, well, we've got a clue. But do we, really? My life took a surprising turn in my 60s and there's a lesson in it for us all, and that is to . . .
How true this is. There's nothing better than knowing why we're here. Our life purpose. Why? Because it gives meaning to our lives. Perspective for the bad times and the good, both. The day I realized mine changed my life. I didn't set out to find my life purpose, the reason for this incarnation. . . .
"I'm just so busy!" Whether it's working moms trying to juggle their kids' activities and household duties or retirees with a hundred things going on at once, we're all "just so busy!" Part of it is that we live in a world where instant response--leading to instant stress-- is the norm. After all, . . .