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When one tugs at a single thing in Nature, he finds it hitched to the rest of the universe.” — John Muir While BBQ ribs, burgers, hotdogs and steaks may be part of the summer grill-out fun, try something different. […]

Last year, a friend invited me to see her monarchs. She grows milkweed (caterpillar food) and they gorge themselves on the plant. When the time is right the caterpillars begin to go through big transformation. They hook themselves onto a […]

“Instead of concealing, the purpose of a dream is to communicate something to the consciousness. The unconscious, in other words, has a kind of intelligence that attempts to guide and otherwise assist the conscious self.” – James R. Lewis Dreams […]

In spiritual traditions there is a great emphasis on the masculine without many feminine role models. We’re familiar with Jesus, the Buddha, Krishna, Mohammad, Rama. But the enlightened women, goddesses and saints remain played down and often pushed aside altogether. […]

    Almost no words can soothe an aching heart during a break up. But rituals can help make the transition easier. Though intellectual, Western culture often denigrates rituals as meaningless, they are powerful tools to help in transitions and mend broken hearts. They […]

In the middle of an interview with bestselling author, Sarah Susanka, an alarm beeped.  She’d just come out with her book, The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters which focuses on time and self-transformation.  She pulled […]

A sacred space is a place where eternity shines through time. The sacred space at Assisi, Italy played a key role in the inspiration for the polio vaccine. Jonas Salk was at St. Francis’ birthplace when he conceived of the […]

Desire is a part of human nature. Without it we can’t live. Yet the way desire is directed can lead us to elevated spiritual heights or into base animal reactions. A few days ago I received a Victoria’s Secrets catalog […]

There seems to be an order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. The cicadas know it. Last […]

“Everything happens for us. Nothing happens against us,” says Brenda Michaels, host of Conscious Talk radio. She went through a period of cancer, medical bankruptcy and divorce that propelled her into a new level of understanding. Host of the radio […]

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