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No Bad Parts

I’m reading Dick Schwartz’s latest offering on the IFS (Inner Family Systems) method and I am feeling a sense of deep resonance with the assertion that we can view ourselves and the world in one of two fundamental ways: we … Continue reading

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Two-way prayer

I’m up early. This is a rare moment in which no one is awake- there are no demands on me at this exact second and I can put pen to paper and listen deeply to my own wisdom/knowing as a … Continue reading

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Back in the saddle

I’m just going to go ahead and write here as an experiment in ‘unleashing the hounds.’ It’s been too long since I’ve put pen to paper. Even my journal entries, which used to be much more consistent have tapered off. … Continue reading

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Finding my inner compass

I’m writing because writing has been a solace to me for most of my life.  When I feel lost, tired, unmotivated or unsure, I return to the blank canvas of my journal or this blog to understand myself a bit … Continue reading

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We are Buddhas Becoming Human

I came to learn recently that the esteemed therapist and psycho-spiritual teacher John Welwood  passed away.   I was listening to a Sounds True podcast and when I heard this I was instantly flooded with memories of a talk/workshop that … Continue reading

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Saying no for the bigger yes

They say that the happiest people in the world are the people who can delay gratification.  That is to say, when the child-like part of ourselves feels we need something and we need it now and we get this feeling … Continue reading

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Starting over in any moment

A piece of wisdom that has always come as a deep relief to me is that it’s never too late to start again.  This does not even mean in grand, life-changing ways – though that too is possible.  This truth … Continue reading

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Transformation: turning the shit into rich soil

I am just back from a pretty powerful time away in Costa Rica.  I was co-leading my 7th annual yoga retreat at Blue Spirit with two friends and awesome yoga teachers and as always, was cracked open to a veritable … Continue reading

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What will you do with this one wild and precious life?

I’m in Spain, so I suppose that I have answered one part of my question fairly adequately.  I have created quite the life for myself- one of travel and access to a wild and wonderful variety of experiences complete with … Continue reading

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Trusting the fading part of the moon

**This is a blog I wrote around Easter and didn’t publish because it didn’t feel polished enough. I’m publishing anyway, because perfectionism is the enemy of progress.** It is Easter and it has not failed to dawn on me the … Continue reading

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