New Map of Knowing

“With each life-changing experience, we’re forced to redraw the map of our knowing.” —from The Endless Practice, Mark Nepo I have shared with all of you, dear readers, about my experience with breast cancer over these last few months. And, yes, it has been a life changing experience in so many, many ways. Ways that […]

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Open Heartedness

“To know that your deepest well-being rests in your own open-heart.”  Belleruth Naparstek This is a powerful statement. I don’t think there is anyone who does not want to experience the sense of “deepest well-being”. Just saying the phrase evokes calm and contentment and affirmations of peace. Some of the beauty of this phrase, comes […]

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Quiet Mornings

For the last several weeks, I have been waking early, getting up before my husband and sitting quietly as the morning begins. I am blessed to live in a cozy house that feels to me more like a retreat in the woods than anything else. There is a long, gravelly path from the main road […]

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Working from Love

What is the nature of the work you are currently focused on? And by this, I don’t necessarily mean your 9-5 job, although that could be it. Maybe your day job is your avenue in making the world a better place. Perhaps your current work is improving your marriage, or being a parent who stays […]

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Change

“Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source- the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life.” Julie Weiland My husband I  have […]

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Showing Up

Thomas Merton said, ” You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.” On June 19th I was diagnosed with breast cancer and since then have been consumed with making huge decisions about my health […]

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Perfect Ice Cubes…Again!

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive…so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”  Joseph Campbell. When was the last time you felt the “rapture of being alive”? […]

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Transformation

Most recently I have been thinking a lot about taking times of struggle, suffering and uncertainty and using those experiences to become stronger. Easier said than done. For most of us, when things go awry, we tend to move to avoidance, distraction, numbing or minimizing. We are a culture that focuses on feeling good, avoiding […]

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Well-Being

What is the essence of well-being? How can we cultivate it within our lives, our relationships, and ourselves? Well-being is not feeling “happy” nor is it feeling as if everything in our lives is just the way we want it to be. I have been reflecting a lot on this concept lately, trying to understand […]

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Math, Economics and Love

Saturday night a brilliant mind was killed in a car accident in New Jersey. John Nash was a mathematician at Princeton University who was portrayed in the 2001 Oscar winning film “A Beautiful Mind”. The movie highlighted not only Nash’s genius but his descent into paranoid schizophrenia and the painful impacts of this disease on […]

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