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Do You Trust the Universe or Push Your Way Through Life?

13. December, 2017Anxiety, Blog Posts, Depression, MeditationNo comments

do you trust the universeEvery word spoken or harbored in thought, creates your life. Emotions festering internally or unleashed in our surroundings affect the substance of the universe and create our lives. What are you creating? Are you conscious to the process or asleep?

Too easily, believing we are awake, we are more like robots pursuing a pre-programmed image of what our lives should be. The images come from powerful emotional experiences in childhood or later that impress on us. A woman who idealized both her father, a doctor, and Mother Theresa, devalued her life as a wife and mother. She believed a ‘real’ contribution would be ministering to and saving others.

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Spirituality and Stress: Tips to Manage Frustrations & Social Expectations

18. May, 2017Meditation, Spiritual HealingNo comments

spirituality and stress managementWhen did ‘go with the flow’ become common to everyday speech? Its origin is sometimes attributed to

Shakespeare and its present meaning is to follow the crowd. I connect the expression to the hippie culture of the 1960s and 70s. It meant to take life at an easy pace, don’t get stressed, be cool. In that context, the saying conjured images of people opting out of the rat race and moving back to nature. It connoted the desire for a simple life and escape from the frustrations and stress of societal expectations. Read more

Happiness and Well-Being Meditation [Ultimate Guide]

3. May, 2016Blog Posts, MeditationNo comments

Happiness and Well Being MeditationMeditation practices in some form are part of every religious and spiritual tradition whether Christian, Buddhist, or Humanistic. All of these practices are associated in some way with ‘living a better life.’ Science also has identified brain behaviors that are linked, some positively, others negatively, to well-being. Now, researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin, have suggested categories of meditation based on the brain behavior that is affected. Discover the best

happiness and well-being meditation practices below to improve your spiritual life. Read more

Being Present: Why Finding Time to Meditate Every Day is Important

29. February, 2016MeditationNo comments

finding time to meditate every dayYou haven’t a moment to meditate. It’s a great idea if you could manufacture

finding time to meditate every day. Yet, the purpose, the only purpose, of meditation is to be present to life, your life, exactly as it is now. And if that life is harried then that is your practice. This life of yours, this life of mine, are the only lives we have; perhaps the only lives we will ever have. Awareness in this moment, called presence, is the practice. What we call meditation is simply the training. Read more

Zazen Practice: Zen Sitting Meditation

15. December, 2015MeditationNo comments

zen sitting meditationHe didn’t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn’t matter.” 

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Over many years and different forms of meditation practice my life has been enriched. Meditation has calmed my mind and made space for me to hear the voice of Guidance. It has enabled me to sometimes reach across my boundaries and sometimes to remain firmly within them. It has mellowed my opinions and melted them down. Most important, it has given me greater understanding of myself and compassion for my flaws.

What is Zazen Meditation?zazen practice

Recently I undertook the

Zen sitting meditation practice called Zazen. Zazen means “seated meditation” and is sometimes just called ‘sitting’. In a word, that is what the practitioner does: Sit, allowing whatever bodily sensations, thoughts, or ideas that arise to come and go without getting caught up in them. This includes an itchy nose as much as thinking about the situations of our lives. The goal is to suspend our reactions to the itchy nose as well as the judgements and opinions that carry us into fantasies of thinking. Read more

6 Self Discovery Books For A Journey Towards Spiritual Growth

9. March, 2015Blog Posts, Energy Healing, Meditation, RelationshipsNo comments

self discovery booksI’ve been asked for book recommendations many times. Sometimes the book to recommend for this or that person is clear. More often, I’m stuck for a name of the author or the book. Most important, each of us is on our unique path of self-discovery and spiritual growth.

There is the tale of a man walking through a book store and, inexplicably, a volume falls from the shelf and lands at his feet. That volume proves then to be exactly the guidance he needs in the moment. I’ve had my own experience of a book that seemed to light up before my eyes as I wandered through some amazing bookstores (notably Powell’s City of Books in Portland and the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott). As recently as a few weeks ago a friend of mine recounted her similar experience of the book that ‘jumped into’ her hands.

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How To Mediate: The Easiest Meditation Technique Ever

29. January, 2015Blog Posts, MeditationNo comments

how to meditateIn spite of the documented benefits many people say they cannot meditate. Perhaps you are one of them. Your mind wanders. You can’t sit still. It’s just too miserable. If this is your perspective, keep reading. I’m going to present you with the easiest meditation in the world with the same powerful effects as meditations that leave you feeling a failure.

William James, sometimes called the Father of Modern Psychology, was keenly interested in the ability of the human mind to concentrate and focus. He wrote:

“And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui (trans: ‘Master of himself’) if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”

The Principles of Psychology, Chapter XI: Attention, William James, 1890. Read more

Tonglen Meditation: Bless Yourself & The World Around You

20. January, 2015Blog Posts, MeditationNo comments

tonglen meditationThe holidays were just too busy to give resolutions a thought until it was 3 am on the 1st and I lay wide awake in bed. There three resolutions presented themselves to me. I did not choose them. They chose me, like unexpected presents on the doorstep. They arrived concisely phrased, no alterations needed. It is the first of these that I write about today.

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The Power of Prayer: Understanding the Benefits of Prayer

11. November, 2014Blog Posts, MeditationNo comments

power of prayerPrayer is powerful. I grew up in a family of 8 children. We had our scrapes and bruises but that was all. Only half-joking I’ve said many times, “My mother prayed us through.” I didn’t think much about the power of prayer as a child. Today I do.

Whether you believe in an omnipotent God or Universal Consciousness, whether you believe that prayers are answered, there are many benefits to prayer and many forms of prayer.

Discovering the Divine requires a commitment to which we devote ourselves. The commitment is individual. It may be something like this: “I commit to know God and myself.” Or, “I seek to know the Universe as it is and myself as I am.”

Then, as with any relationship the commitment must be nurtured. This requires discipline. We commit to prayer and then we follow through. We bring what we have and our capacity for self-discipline grows. Prayer is a practice and we return to it again and again when life and laziness interrupt.

Prayer is creative. While ritual is important in many human endeavors, prayer itself must live and spring from the heart. Repeating the same words time and again can lead to a numb recitation. Prayer teaches us to focus, to be fully present and pray in the moment in the place where we are. Our immediate love, caring and concerns are not only welcome but essential for the true spirit of prayer.

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Spiritual Guidance: For You, From the Universe, With Love

2. October, 2014Blog Posts, Healing Articles, MeditationNo comments

spiritual-guide-scottsdaleA friend told me how she came to quit smoking. She was leaving a restaurant, lit a cigarette, and encountered a man selling carved wooden roses. He offered to give her the bucket and all the roses if she would put her cigarette out and quit. What he was really offering was spiritual guidance from the Universe for her. This article isn’t about not smoking. It is about being in relationship with the Universe: asking for, receiving, and following Guidance.

Spiritual guidance is direction, advice, sometimes information, about decisions and choices we face. It may help resolve a dilemma. It may reveal the future or indicate future events based on our choices today. It may come to us from someone we know and trust or from a stranger. It may come to us directly without the intervention of another person.

How Does Spiritual Guidance Work?

What follows are guidelines I’ve put together from my experience to help you get a better understanding of how Spiritual Guidance can work:

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The wisdom of a thousand generations guides you today. Only listen. Without a sound their voices reverberate in your cells. Settle within and choose your path.

All of us come from strength, fortitude, perseverance. No matter how difficult their lives, our ancestors made it through and passed on life for the next generation. Over and over, until it came to you. The intelligence that guided them has also come to you.


To Thine own Self be true.

If I could present you with a single blessing, it would be the gift of Mindfulness. Awareness of yourself: body, emotions, and self-talk, all the time. Our immediate experience is the ultimate exploration that only grows richer with time. What we do or don't do, and the roots of our behavior, are accessible with the simple practice of noticing immediate experience. It is this practice that makes it possible to know and be true to ourselves.

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