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How Can I Feel Connected to the World?

8. November, 2018Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

I’ve been writing newsletters for 6 years, avoiding political discussions because I believe everyone has a right to their perspective and good people hold many differing views. Recently, I saw a video of a demonstrator screaming, “You are not welcome here! We welcome everyone!” It wasn’t humorous, she meant what she was shouting. Sadly, the contradiction in her message reflected accurately the underlying belief of many people today. That is, we believe in

oneness but only for those who agree with us. While we may struggle to listen to viewpoints that seem incompatible with our own, it isn’t the other guy’s fault. All intolerance is within us and it is there and only there that we can find harmony with reality. Only when we are at peace with ourselves can we be at peace with the world. Read more

The Power of Forgiveness: How To Forgive Someone

14. September, 2018Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

the power of forgivenessAnger and resentment are part of a human life. Most of us are stuck harboring some long-held grievance from childhood or later in life. Minor irritations that arise repeatedly also collect over time affecting our relationships and happiness.

Grievances are part of the spectrum of human feelings that result naturally when events or people don’t behave as we want. The worst are the situations that hurt deeply – betrayal and insults. It is human and truthful to acknowledge that these feelings can fester within us even when we push them aside and move on, wanting to forgive and forget.

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Overcoming Harsh Self Criticism To Embrace a Life of Joy

8. May, 2018Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

overcoming harsh self criticismWe create our lives with every thought, feeling, opinion and conviction we hold. Whether conscious, semi-conscious, unconscious or denied, every level of our awareness has an effect. While most of us would agree that we affect the course of our lives, we shy away from acknowledging the extent of our power.

We shrink from the reality because we are reluctant to accept that we have a hand in negative and painful events. In fact, such realization can be the source of self-punishment and blame that is terribly counterproductive.

Harsh self-criticism is itself a negative emotion that blocks us from creating a joyful life. It is an example of the underlying conflicting beliefs and feelings that we have about almost everything. As a result, what we create is equally confused and contradictory. Read more

Being Who We Are and Making a Difference Every Day

10. April, 2018Blog Posts, RelationshipsNo comments

“The point of Zen practice is to be who we are – a formless field of benefaction.”

Charlotte Joko Beck

Nothing Special Living Zen

how to be who we areWe all want to contribute in some way to our fellow humans. There are many ways to do that. Some people volunteer, others give money. More commonly, we give advice. Lots of it and we think it is a contribution.

Giving advice to others is rarely well-received (i.e., they don’t follow our suggestions) and rarely satisfying for the same reason. We persist expressing our opinions because giving advice is never about the other person. It is always about us, our unreality and the way we think things should be. In truth, we may not have a clear perspective about the best action for anyone else to take. Our advice is based on our beliefs which are the basis of how we cope with our lives. Read more

How Letting Go of Expectations Can Bring Acceptance, Rest & Trust

14. March, 2018Blog Posts, RelationshipsNo comments

We each have someone. Someone we love who can’t seem to get his/her life together. Hold down a job. Drink less. Stop using drugs. A child, sibling, friend, unable to function effectively in the world. We want their lives to go well. We want their lives to work according to our hopes for them. When that doesn’t happen, we hurt for them and for ourselves. Sometimes we get angry. Cut them off. That hurts, too.

Beyond the pain and the struggle not to support their dysfunction,

what can we do? What will help them and what will alleviate my pain? Often, we try to manipulate their lives into a pretty picture as much for our own peace of mind as for their happiness. Read more

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 Life: Why Do Bad Things Happen?

2. November, 2017Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

spirituality and lifeRecently it seems many catastrophic events have competed for headlines. Deadly and damaging hurricanes, devastating wildfires, an horrific mass shooting, and bombings of frightening proportion. When such events occur, many people ask why. Why do bad things happen? Why does God allow them?

I suggest this is the wrong question and to address the matter we must back up and begin, as always, with ourselves. We see the world through our own eyes and in the same manner as we view ourselves. We perceive ourselves as imperfect, believe we need to improve and constantly strive to ‘be better’ than we are. From this vantage we see the same about the world: there is something wrong here and we need to do something to make it work better. In our private lives we respond as though there is something defective in ‘me’. With public events we do the same – there is something defective in how the world is running.

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Feeling Helpless About Yourself or Others? Try “Yes”

10. October, 2017Blog Posts, Relationships, Spiritual HealingNo comments

Perhaps we would all do well to ‘just say yes’ more often. There’s an aspect of human nature that we consistently resist reality. We want life to be other than it is. We want our lives to be other than they are. We want events to turn out differently than they do. And so, we excuse ourselves to feel victimized, cross our arms, stomp our feet and say, “No.” There is a misconception that such resistance is powerful. It is not. Any behavior based on the belief that ‘I am a victim’ or ‘this should not be’ is untruthful and lacks power.

Why is that so and what is the difference between effective and ineffective behavior?

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Building Self Acceptance: I Am Not Special

21. August, 2017Blog Posts, Depression, Spiritual HealingNo comments

Self AcceptanceWe all want to be special. Starting as children, clinging at least unconsciously to the belief as adults. We want to be known as someone or something ‘more’ than everyone else. It fills a deep need to reassure ourselves that our own worst fear that we are not good enough is not true. And we are terribly afraid that others will find out how unworthy we really are.

It is a cruel self-criticism that says we aren’t worth anything without some notable accomplishment if our lives are lived in obscurity unknown and unaccomplished by comparison to others. That I am special is the secret that saves and gives my life meaning.

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Embracing Change and Redefining Power: The Metamorphoses of Life

18. July, 2017Blog Posts, Spiritual HealingNo comments

embracing change and redefining powerRecently, seven sailors died in an accident at sea. I read their names. They came from all over the United States. It hit me hard. The older I get, the more I mourn that those who die young and haven’t gotten a fair share of life. It isn’t true of course. We all die in precisely our own right time, neither sooner nor later, but still, I wish for them that they had more.

We cannot know when we will die. If we are fortunate, we age, and only gradually does death present itself. Nonetheless, we resist the inevitable.

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Meditation: Sandra Egli
Music: Torey Ronhovde

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.


Sandra's graceful way of listening & non-judgmental demeanor allowed me to open up effortlessly. I was certain, as I left her office, that I had received precisely the healing I needed.

Female client, age 44
Phoenix, Arizona