Transmuting Outrage Into Enlightened Action and Radical Responsibility

All that we are decrying, protesting, railing against now….we need to look at how we participate in perpetuating those same ills. Let’s take fashion for instance. I love me a good bargain, and despite working towards releasing my material impulses, I still love to shop, esp. for clothes. But if I believe in women’s equality, or at minimum, protecting women from abuses, how can I … Continue reading Transmuting Outrage Into Enlightened Action and Radical Responsibility

On Being Alone For the Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all, but especially to those of you who are spending the holiday alone, as I am this year, and in fact how I spend the holidays most years. I used to suffer from extreme loneliness, and then there were the years of trying to escape my circumstances– going to movie marathon, not because I wanted to, but to be … Continue reading On Being Alone For the Holidays

Self-care for Challenging Times Such as These- Top 10 ways to Nourish and Decompress

Beloveds— there are *so* many difficult hardships, stressors, wars, inequities happening around the world….our central nervous systems were not designed to be dealing with so many on-going stressors for so long, all at once.   As a former trauma therapist, I am noticing signs of vicarious trauma in myself as well as friends and loved ones. Make sure to be VERY proactive in your self-care. … Continue reading Self-care for Challenging Times Such as These- Top 10 ways to Nourish and Decompress

Why We Shouldn’t Be “Celebrating” Indigenous People’s Day

(note: this was originally published on Medium.com on 10/11/16) Now they’ve gone and renamed Columbus Day Indigenous People’s Day. I think that’s a mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should continue to celebrate a man who got lost, and was responsible for the decimation and torture of 1st Nations peoples, it’s just that I don’t think replacing one meaningless day with another … Continue reading Why We Shouldn’t Be “Celebrating” Indigenous People’s Day

The Highs and Lows of Food Bank Eating and the Synergistic Benefits of Feeding the Poor Well

In Praise of Real Food~ I remember once at a professional training, a colleague who came from a lower socio-economic background, took a bite of an organic, local apple slice from the snack table and  proclaimed, “damn!  this is what an apple is supposed to taste like?  I didn’t even think I liked apples!”  He had grown up on cheap, mass-produced apples– you know the … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Food Bank Eating and the Synergistic Benefits of Feeding the Poor Well

Before You Dump Your Racist Friends, Consider This…..

This is a response to the Huffpost article, To Every White “Ally” Who Has Racist Friends, which suggests you should draw the line and vehemently not be friends with your racist friends. I think everyone needs to decide for themselves, and certainly being a person of color has very different implications in having racist friends, but here’s the thing– Every single white person is racist to … Continue reading Before You Dump Your Racist Friends, Consider This…..

Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

People of the Pacific NW, White Salmon edition~ Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths- Molly is barking her head off at someone I can’t see past the tall fence and plants. I tell her, “No es bueno!” and whoever is passing by gives a little laugh. A few seconds later the person calls at the gate … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

Only Love in Action Can Transform Hate

DOWNLOAD************ The knowing that came to me today while doing dishes (duh! when else does spiritual insight appear?!?), is something i think I already knew, but keep forgetting. It’s one of those ocean in a drop of water knowings, so it’s hard to explain and fully encapsulate….but I shall try. It is this: We have come to a time in evolution, where to move forward, … Continue reading Only Love in Action Can Transform Hate

How to Be With/Relate to Someone Undergoing Crisis/Transformation/Shamanic Initiation/Cultural Dismantling and a Peek at What Might Be Going On Beneath the Surface

Today’s Transmission: I’ve been undergoing  a deep and long crisis/initiation/transformation.  Only very recently have I begun to realize that my seeming failings, and the Universe’s seeming lack of support are anything but.  Every painful event unfolding in my life has a deeper, most beneficial purpose.   Themes center around things “not working out”; one of which is my dearth of success in the professional world, … Continue reading How to Be With/Relate to Someone Undergoing Crisis/Transformation/Shamanic Initiation/Cultural Dismantling and a Peek at What Might Be Going On Beneath the Surface

Sunday Morning Darshan

I woke up this morning with a fresh perspective to my recent baffling challenges– remembering a vision from a Hebrew Priestess Journey where I was a piece of copper being hammered, this morning i realize that every knock or bang or being hammered by Life, is really just forging my Instrument and the instrument that is being created is developing a beautiful, clear, strong sound; … Continue reading Sunday Morning Darshan