Hello my friends. Is it just me or does it sometimes feel like we're living in the middle of a big stress bomb? I know, you rely on me to be sunny, so what kind of way is that to start a blog post? Stay with me. The clouds part with a rainbow at the end... Back to the stress bomb. I do a lot of meditating, I don't dwell a lot on social media and I don't own a TV. In general, I'm pretty chill. But as I was scanning the news headlines on my phone this morning, I got a wave of s
Happy Valentine's Day my friends. I didn't plan to post today but a message came through me with such simplicity and clarity - and I felt it was meant to lift us up. Things have been pretty dark and twisty out there these days and our spirits could use some sweet lifting, right? From all outward appearances, our world is not steeped in love. The images we see and the voices we hear the loudest are often those of division and fear. But when we look again, through spiritual ey
It was a beautiful, sunny Florida day when she received the life-changing diagnosis that she was dreading. And she knew exactly what it meant. She had witnessed the slow, isolating journey as her mother, her only brother and her uncle became legally blind. Now, with the same condition, she knew all too well what lay ahead: no driving, no bird watching, no walking on the beach alone at sunrise. And the precious activity that was unthinkable to let go of - no reading her books.
All of humanity’s problems stem from one’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. -Pascal As most of you know, I like to fly under the radar. YOU are the hero of my pages and my books. YOU are the focus of my work, my prayers and my blessings. I don't talk a lot about myself. I don’t do interviews, podcasts and accept very few talks. I like my peace. But as we enter the season of even more busyness (aka stress), it’s more important than ever that we move our spiritual pra
Welcome to a sweet soft moment of peace. I just had one of my own - and I'm here to tell you - it saved the day. If you, my friend, are also dipping down near the bottom of the well where there is less of you to give, or if stress has robbed you of your composure and perspective, or if you are waiting on a shipment of your new book and have no idea when it will arrive (hey - that's me!), remember that a calm connection is just a moment away. Really it is. We have an amazing b
I had an extraordinary experience with intuition a few weeks ago that I wanted to share with you. I believe it’s something that can happen to any of us and is a power that we can all develop. THE STORY The story starts on a busy Monday. Since I treasure my time home alone, I often stack my errands all on one day. On this day I made 9 stops in all: I sat with a hospice patient, picked up a prescription, stopped at Mom’s for tea, shopped for groceries, etc. After a quick grocer
"It is not happiness that makes us grateful; it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.” - David Steindl-Rast All of us would love to live happier lives. It is a common desire that binds us together - the search for more joyful living. Often this search is what brings us to a spiritual path, committing to our daily spiritual practices and investing in a life of more peace, more joy, more love, more kindness, more connection to our highest self and to the Divine. And when we feel
Lessons come to us when we most need to learn them, often in surprising ways. I learned a few things recently from one of my favorite teachers - Mother Nature. Let’s rewind a few weeks, and you’ll find me praying for angelic help and a little extra time to meet my deadline and put the finishing touches on the forthcoming Every Day Spirit Gratitude Journal. (Which I can't wait to tell you about soon!) Meanwhile, Hurricane Dorian was an enormous, swirling mass of destruction ta
I have been quiet this summer. I searched for the words to share my experience with you, but they got stuck in my head, stilling my hands on the keys. There were no words that seemed worthy, only an ocean of feelings, with me floating, a tiny speck on the surface, at the mercy of the current. But every morning the invisible words appear again, dressed up as feelings, and they beat at my door. They pound my heart open. They ask me to write it. In June, my younger brother died.
Each one of us holds a light in the center of our being that is connected to all other hearts. It has the power to lift and to transform. I think that's why this simple thought resonated with so many of you this month:"When someone crosses your mind, bless them." Because we recognize our oneness on a spiritual level and we resonate with the thought that our love can lift another. And hey, it's quiet. It's easy. It's gentle. Yet it changes things. Blessings are a powerful, tra
When we think about our purpose in life, it's tempting to want to list impressive goals and accomplishments. We want to know we are here for a reason and that we will make an impact in the world. Discovering a new cancer drug, for example, or joining the Peace Corps, or giving an inspirational workshop forges a meaningful path and purpose for a select few. But what of the rest of us with less definable ways of making an impact? At one point or another, most of us question our
I have long held on to the belief that we live in a benevolent universe where the power of good far outweighs the power of evil. In the relentlessly positive world that I envision, there is always an available beam of light, shining out from the depths of even the weariest soul, to illuminate the darkness. Mean-spiritedness withers in the face of kindness; hate and racism fold in the presence of love and truth. But the continuing affront to our hearts by acts of terror on the
The squirrels are collecting and burying nuts; the horses are circling the field in the rain; the leaves are beginning the long slow process of changing hue; the wind is gently sweeping away the ones that have volunteered to fly first. All is well out my window on this fall afternoon as if nature was born of faith. And all is well with the spirit too. Even in dramatic changes and challenges, the spirit remains calm and steady. Even in our confusion and indecision, the spirit
Speaking our truth is one of the best ways to get to know ourselves. Many a heart can be healed by the simple act of uncensored expression in the presence of quiet compassion. So while it may seem passive to find yourself on the listening end of a conversation, you are giving a precious gift. I’m not sure when my self-conscious veneer started to crack, but I must admit I talk to horses a lot these days. They don’t interrupt me when I’m talking; they nod between bites of grass
I don’t know many people in my little country town, but I know that Sharron is everyone’s right hand person. She cares for countless horses and maintains their stalls. She feeds dogs and cats and chickens when their owners are away. She takes care of the llamas and the sheep behind the Inn. She takes care of her large family. And she takes care of me. Yesterday, I set out on a walk at dusk; my tired, achy body and soul moving slowly under the weight of Sissy’s memorial servic