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In Sweet Company

In Sweet Company

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Margaret Wolff has a gift of luring people into becoming who they really are. She speaks and writes about things women care about: how to make our lives and our work be about what we value most; how to navigate challenge and change; how to live with integrity and grace, to look at error in ourselves and others in a forgiving way and view life as an invitation to transform ourselves into instruments for the Greater Good.

"I laughed, I cried, I was silent, I cheered. Most of all, I loved." Spoken by a woman at In Sweet Company Retreat, these words express what women experience when Margaret engages them in dynamic, soul-searching conversations about their lives.

Margaret holds degrees in art therapy, psychosynthesis, and leadership and human behavior. Her work takes her to universities, to conferences and retreat settings, to living rooms and board rooms -- wherever women gather. Her articles, essays, and stories are featured in numerous magazines; her women’s spirituality retreats are held throughout the U.S. Margaret’s last book, In "Sweet Company: Conversations With Extraordinary Women About Living a Spiritual Life" (Jossey Bass), is a collection of intimate conversations she had with 14 famous women of various ages, faiths, and backgrounds about how their spirituality nourishes them and serves as a steady compass for their decision-making. Olympia Dukakis, Riane Eisler, Zainab Salbi, Margaret Wheatley, Sri Daya Mata, Lauren Artress, and other women artists, activists, religious leaders, and visionary thinkers shared their lives with her. You can too!


Hardwired for Compassion

posted by Margaret Wolff

… we grow in our understanding of God as we come to understand our own stories more fully. — Rabbi Laura Geller, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Recently a small group of kindred […]

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Daddy’s Girl

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… for me, spiritual practice is making the bed, defrosting dinner, and so on. It’s not magical or removed; it’s about how I discover and reveal myself as I do things that are ordinary.” – Miriam Polster, IN SWEET COMPANY: […]

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Courting the Divine Mother

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Getting in touch with [this feminine, receptive side of our nature] can be a life-transforming experience because what we’re really talking about when we talk about receptivity is how we can be open to growing and evolving into more enlightened […]

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Books Are Our Friends

posted by Margaret Wolff

“God is not someone who allows things to happen or not happen. The real question I need to ask [ is ] how can God help me find the strength to deal with what happens? By reframing the question, I […]

Wisdom Keeper

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… for me, spiritual practice is making the bed, defrosting dinner, and so on. It’s not magical or removed; it’s about how I discover and reveal myself as I do things that are ordinary.” – Miriam Polster, IN SWEET COMPANY: […]

Sisters

posted by Margaret Wolff

I’ve come to a place in my life where God doesn’t look like any on thing, but is, simply, everything. There is a text from the Psalms that says, “I have placed God before me all the time.” To me […]

Women Helping Women

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When people self-organize around their authentic human needs, when they move beyond denial and break out of what I call the ‘social trance,’ when they stop accepting domination and trauma as part of the status quo, partnership values flourish.” — […]

Beyond Hearts and Flowers

posted by Margaret Wolff

“To me, God is love. I’m not speaking of a physical or personal love, but of the universal love that created all of us and everything in this universe, the unconditional love, the infinite power that transcends everything in this finite […]

The Heart That Remains

posted by Margaret Wolff

The word ‘love’ is so bandied about today, but love is the most powerful energy in the world. It’s so important to unleash it. To be present to the dignity of the forgotten, to recognize the beauty of the scarred […]

More Than A Little Light

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “Great Mystery … is an energy that lives within me constantly. It calls to me internally and prompts me to develop or expand specific information or insights for myself and for others. It talks to me through my mental processes, […]

New Day

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I think spirituality is also about the reconciliation of opposites. It’s about diving deep inside yourself beyond the polarities to a place of unity where everything holds together.”  —  Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT […]

Silent Night

posted by Margaret Wolff

“My duty as a religious person is to align myself with the power in the universe I call God. Alignment is what relationship — any relationship — is all about.” — Rabbi Laura Geller, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY […]

Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power

posted by Margaret Wolff

“In sweet company, we are home at last.”– Margaret Wolff, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power, the new book edited by Kathe Schaaf, Kay Lindahl, […]

Worth It

posted by Margaret Wolff

“ God makes a way out of no way.” — Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE I recently joined Facebook, became a Facebooker? Bookee? Bookette? A member or subscriber or whatever […]

Halloween Two

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I also believe there is an evolutionary movement towards love in the universe, a self-organizing process around love that’s moving us toward what we call higher levels of consciousness.” — Riane Eisler,  IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT […]

At the Heart of Halloween

posted by Margaret Wolff

“What had the most impact on me (as a young child)…was the trust (my grandparents) had in me …  the trust they had in my soul. They were celebrating that which existed in me that was independent of my years.” —Alma […]

Uplift Your Quotes

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Conformity and obedience, …. Do what you’re told. Never get angry. Don’t ruffle any feathers. These are the internal messages that hold us back. We have to learn to form our own opinions and trust our own perceptions. Especially women. […]

Beyond the Violence: View the film “Little Town of Bethlehem”

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When you operate out of the wounded places within yourself, places that are not your truest, the extremes seem irreconcilable. Life is too deep for cynicism or polarization. It just is. Compassion enables you to transcend these polarities at a […]

Beyond 9 / 11

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When it’s time for you to learn more, Truth is there for the asking. It’s always with you. Unity is always with you. All you have to do is recognize it.” — Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH […]

Rising to the Occassion

posted by Margaret Wolff

“ The only way to restore harmony is to act with wisdom, integrity, stability and dignity.” — Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Six weeks ago I took a flying leap […]

Healing Words

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I renew in quietness, meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Renewal feeds action; it’s like the inhalation and exhalation of breathing.” — Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE I am often told by […]

Praying for Perfect

posted by Margaret Wolff

“In my country, God is a part of our everyday life. … We live simply and close to nature.  We grow the rice we eat. What is left over, we give to the duck in our yard. This duck lays […]

Remembering Billy

posted by Margaret Wolff

Sometime in the wee small hours of the morning, the world lost one of the best listeners it ever knew. Though Bill Jacobson had a successful career as a journalist and a comedy writer in the early days of television, […]

Finding Becky

posted by Margaret Wolff

“ God makes a way out of no way.” — Sister Helen Prejean,  IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE When I was about 15 my friends Carol and Becky and I went to a […]

July 4 th

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I believe there is an evolutionary movement towards love in the universe, a self-organizing process around love that’s moving us toward what we call higher levels of consciousness.” — Riane Eisler, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING […]

Fighting Fire With Fire

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… doing God’s will always leads to your greatest happiness.” – Sri Daya Mata, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE In these times we live in, when we are frequently asked to stretch ourselves […]

Daddy’s Girl

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I am guided by spiritual practices I don’t name as such: generosity, the impulse to give as much of myself as I can, respect for the beliefs of others, non-judgment, support and devotion to even the simplest forms of life  […]

Reinventing Ourselves

posted by Margaret Wolff

“If we want to change things for women … we’’ve got to recognize and acknowledge the bravery it’s taken to live the lives we’ve lived, to get up every day and take care of our children and our homes, to […]

Rising

posted by Margaret Wolff

“We must be more sensitive to how our actions affect others if we are to survive as a species.” – Miriam Polster, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE For the past 21 months, I’ve […]

Mother Love

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Celebrate Her. … You are of Her and you know how to do it.” – Olympia Dukakis, N SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE As Mother’s Day approaches, my thoughts turn to the women who […]

Thoughts on Kate, Wills and Catherine

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… for me, spiritual practice is …  about how I discover and reveal myself as I do things that are ordinary.” — Miriam Polster,  IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Kate and Wills. They […]

All That is Holy

posted by Margaret Wolff

“To me, God is love. I’m not speaking of a physical or personal love, but of the universal love that created all of us and everything in this universe, the unconditional love, the infinite power that transcends everything in this finite […]

The Easter Gift

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I think spirituality is also about the reconciliation of opposites. It’s about diving deep inside yourself beyond the polarities to a place of unity where everything holds together. … It’s very holistic. …  When you operate out of the wounded […]

An Invitation

posted by Margaret Wolff

“In every relationship, we have a choice: to choose love or separation, to choose for love or to choose for hate or fear.” — Margaret Wheatley, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Lately, almost […]

10 Things to Learn from Japan

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… if we concede to indignity, we simply cannot achieve our full potential as human beings.” — Katherine Dunham, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE The following copy comes to you by way of […]

All in the Family

posted by Margaret Wolff

[Archeologist ] Marija Gimbutas used to say that the heart of the goddess is transformative energy, the same energy that turns the seed into the plant, the tadpole into a frog, the cocoon into a butterfly. In ancient times, these […]

No Peeking Allowed

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… when we allow ourselves to be whole, we allow new visions to emerge in us and in our culture.” —  Lauren Artress,, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE When my youngest daughter turned […]

Paying It Forward: One Family’s Story About Kidney Transplantation

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I have a responsibility to reflect on and plan actions which, from the perspective of my limited intelligence, are noble and loving. At the same time, I must have faith that whatever happens will be all right. In action I […]

Eating More Than Crow

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Ego becomes dominant when your personal agenda is small. You become self-conscious and competitive because it’s what you think you need to do in order to survive. When your little boat gets caught up on a wave that’s bigger than […]

Growing Lionhearted

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When we hear each other’s stories, we begin to understand ourselves better and feel less alone. … When I tell my stories, it gives others permission to tell their own.” — Alma For Ada, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY […]

From Japan: The Great Mother Turning

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… God alone loves us unconditionally. Even when we turn away from Him or ignore Him, He silently waits for us.” – Sri Daya Mata, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Since the devastation […]

Both Sides, Now

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “I think spirituality is also about the reconciliation of opposites. It’s about diving deep inside yourself beyond the polarities to a place of unity where everything holds together. … Initially, it seems as if you have to choose one thing […]

Sole to Soul: Walking for Women

posted by Margaret Wolff

“There are times when I get tired. … And there were times when I was afraid. Sometimes I have moments when things seem futile. What steadies me though, is that I know my commitment and passion will not waiver — […]

Women’s Work

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “Culture, religion, ethnicity are man-made social constructs that influence our lives, but we are more than these limited constructs. We are one humanity, the human race, and we have a responsibility to help each other regardless of what group we […]

Women on the Bridge

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “… a woman’s role is not just to bring life into the world but to uphold it, to fight for what she believes in.” – Le Ly Hayslip , IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL […]

One Final Birthday Story

posted by Margaret Wolff

“It can take a lot of work to assimilate [our challenges] into our lives in a way we can live with, but each experience is an important integration point, an opportunity to align the ego with the soul.” – Lauren […]

Firey Love

posted by Margaret Wolff

 [Spirituality] ” isn’t just about getting into the presence of God, because we’re in that presence all the time. The central question is ‘How can I fashion a life where I actually live in that awareness?’” – Rabbi Laura Geller,  […]

Birth Day Love

posted by Margaret Wolff

“What I do know is that each of us is an eternal being. And that our natural expression is love. Any other expression we find ourselves in is just a warp of our true identity.” — Margaret Wheatley  IN SWEET […]

Going the Distance

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “What I say to you now I say without feeling sorry for myself: I have had many very difficult times. I got through them because … I held on tightly to God, and because I knew that eventually, things would […]

The Power of One: In Egypt, Everywhere, Anywhere

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Freedom is constantly choosing the right path at the right moment — at every moment. No one can do that for you. … When you do this, you win the battle, whatever it is. You are victorious. You also cannot […]

Deeper than the Hearts and Flowers: Relationships as a Spiritual Path, IV

posted by Margaret Wolff

“My husband — because of who he is — helped me see myself, helped me know myself.  … You don’t stay married for thirty-nine years because of sex or even because of love, but because your partner is a real […]

Deeper than the Hearts and Flowers: Relationships as a Spiritual Path, III

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… each of us must decide for ourselves how to translate outrage into mercy.”  — Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFEPiece of Advice # 5 When things hit the fan as […]

Deeper than the Hearts and Flowers: Relationships as a Spiritual Path, II

posted by Margaret Wolff

“In every relationship, we have a choice: to choose love or separation, to choose for love or to choose for hate or fear.” — Margaret Wheatley, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Piece of […]

Deeper than the Hearts and Flowers: Relationships as a Spiritual Path, I

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I believe there’s a reason for everything that’s happened to me: Everything has led me to improve who I am. I always try to look at my life from the perspective of what I’m supposed to learn from an experience. […]

Moving Out of the Shadows

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Admitting to our shadow (the unrecognized or unclaimed parts of ourselves we can’t acknowledge because we’re afraid of them) — to our gifts as well as the parts of our personality we view as ‘bad’ or ‘ugly’ — dramatically changes […]

” … and the Word was with God”

posted by Margaret Wolff

“We all require a certain level of internal order or at least a sense that we’re moving toward order. If you have a belief system that enables you rather than restricts you, you’re more able to learn to deal with […]

Words Are Like Buletts, II

posted by Margaret Wolff

“The only way to restore harmony is to act with wisdom, integrity, stability and dignity.” — Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE January 14 th, soon after the shooting in Arizona, […]

What Women Want

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When you operate out of the wounded places within yourself, places that are not your truest, the extremes seem irreconcilable. Life is too deep for cynicism or polarization. It just is. Compassion enables you to transcend these polarities at a […]

Mr. President: Gray is Beautiful

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Getting in touch with [ this feminine, receptive side of our nature ] can be a life-transforming experience because what we’re really talking about when we talk about receptivity is how we can be open to growing and evolving into […]

Noticing God

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I’ve come to a place in my life where God doesn’t look like any one thing but is, simply, everything. There’s a text from the Psalms that says, ‘I have placed God before me all the time.’ To me this […]

Sowing the Seeds

posted by Margaret Wolff

“My greatest joy would be that someone, having forgotten that I was ever instrumental in the process, was more in touch with themselves.” – Alma For Ada, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Several […]

A Response to the Shooting in Arizona

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I don’t fill my life with pain over something I can’t change. Life may not be fair, but I’ve still got to find a way to live it.”  — Gail Williamson, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING […]

Moving Right Along II

posted by Margaret Wolff

“…  one of our great strengths as human beings is our ability to move on.”  — Zainab Salbi,  IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Good things come in small packages. Like the Spiritual Diary, […]

Moving Right Along

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… a woman’s role is not just to bring life into the world but to uphold it, to fight for what she believes in.” – Le Ly Hayslip, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE […]

New Day

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I think spirituality is also about the reconciliation of opposites. It’s about diving deep inside yourself beyond the polarities to a place of unity where everything holds together.”  — Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT […]

Looking Forward and Back

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “I do not let pain change the essence of gratitude that is in my soul. I acknowledge that I have pain — I say, ‘This is sad or this is difficult’ — but I do not let pain alter the […]

The Spirit of The Divine Feminine

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Getting in touch with [this feminine, receptive side of our nature] can be a life-transforming experience because what we’re really talking about when we talk about receptivity is how we can be open to growing and evolving into more enlightened […]

The Spirit of the Road Not Taken

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Whether you pray to Jesus or to the Great Mother or to Buddha, that’s just the path you choose as you evolve towards something within yourself that is of God.” — Olympia Dukakis, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN […]

The Spirit of Shopping

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Saint Brendan said, ‘You are the veil that hides the paradise you seek.’ Each of us has our own veil that keeps the immanent God, the greening power of God, the God who wants to birth Herself in us, hidden.”  […]

The Spirit of Goodness

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I believe there is an evolutionary movement towards love in the universe, a self-organizing process around love that’s moving us toward what we call higher levels of consciousness.” — Riane Eisler, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING […]

The Spirit of Beauty

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “… the more you become aware of God, the more you … want to share the best of yourself with people, and you want to participate more fully in life. You … realize you have a choice: to admire the […]

The Spirit of Prayer

posted by Margaret Wolff

“My God is both personal and impersonal. By this I mean that though in His infinite nature He is formless, all pervading, I have come to have a relationship with God that is so close, so sweet, so profound and blissful, […]

The Spirit of Awe and Wonder

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I simply wait and watch for grace to unfold like the petals of a flower.” — Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE With Thanksgiving under our expanded belts, the Western world […]

Yes, Maggie 1! There is a Santa Claus!

posted by Margaret Wolff

Yes, Maggie 1 !  I do so believe in the God of Small Things! I love how the Universe sets things up and “gives” me an opportunity to grow. I love my answered prayer to “be” Santa; the look in […]

The Spirit of Giving

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I think we each have our own soul assignment, our own unique way of contributing to the world. It doesn’t have to be something big. It just needs to be authentic, something that truly comes from within our own selves.” […]

Sri Daya Mata, In Memorium

posted by Margaret Wolff

I saw her first almost 35 years ago. I had just started to meditate, to explore my spiritual self, when I was invited to the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, to a talk given by Sri Daya Mata, the President […]

Doin’ the Cha Cha Cha

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Conformity and obedience, …. Do what you’re told. Never get angry. Don’t ruffle any feathers. These are the internal messages that hold us back. We have to learn to form our own opinions and trust our own perceptions. Especially women. […]

Looking Through God’s Eyes

posted by Margaret Wolff

 [ A prayer I’ve relied on for years is ] ‘Please God, let me see this through Your eyes.’ Even though I don’t necessarily believe in a God that has a human form, saying this opens me up to a […]

You Can Quote Me

posted by Margaret Wolff

[My greatest accomplishment and the secret of my success is] ” … my relationship with God. It’s the root of the tree. Everything, everything, branches out from that.” – Gail Williamson, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING […]

Bloodlines

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “… for me, spiritual practice is making the bed, defrosting dinner, and so on. It’s not magical or removed; it’s about how I discover and reveal myself as I do things that are ordinary.” — Miriam Polster, IN SWEET COMPANY: […]

Hobnobbing With Mother Teresa

posted by Margaret Wolff

” Having a personal relationship with [ God ] doesn’t mean you have to give up everything. But it does mean you must take more control over what you do with your life.” — Sri Daya Mata,  IN SWEET COMPANY: […]

Girl Power

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When I share my stories, something meaningful occurs for everyone involved. Closer relationships, new ideas, the courage to take action in the midst of challenge — all this arises when we sit face to face with other human beings and […]

Bridges II

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Each generation has an obligation to those who come after them to live honorably. I am the ancestor of my great-great-grandchildren, so it is also important that I live in a way they will take comfort in.” — Le Ly […]

Bridges I

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Somewhere along the way … I figured out that there were essentially three ways I could handle challenges that came into my life: I could crumble. I could stay neutral, remove myself and not take ownership of the situation. Or […]

A Bad Rap

posted by Margaret Wolff

‘M back went outI was down for the count.Couldn’t walk, couldn’t sit.Pitched a real hissy fit!Laid in m’ bed, in mighty bad pain.Prayed me a prayer to be cool again.A friend of a friend came by to seeWhat in the […]

Kickin’ But

posted by Margaret Wolff

“We need to change our seeking into discovery and our drifting into pilgrimage.” — Reverend Lauren Artress, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE A few years ago, I got an email from Grandmother Twylah’s […]

Stream of Life

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… the more you become aware of God, the more you ask of yourself, not of others. What also follows is that you want to share the best of yourself with people, and you want to participate more fully in […]

Sacred Listening

posted by Margaret Wolff

 “I am guided by spiritual practices I don’t name as such: generosity, the impulse to give as much of myself as I can, respect for the beliefs of others, non-judgment, support and devotion to the simplest forms of life … […]

Two Breaths

posted by Margaret Wolff

The word ‘love’ is so bandied about today, but love is the most powerful energy in the world. It’s so important to unleash it. To be present to the dignity of the forgotten, to recognize the beauty of the scarred […]

Kintsugi: Granting New Life to Broken Dreams

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Life is composed of wonderful moments and tragic losses. We need the skills to negotiate both.” – Rabbi Laura Geller, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE My friend Eileen sent me some words from […]

October Ing

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Step by step, [ the women I work with ] find ways — small ways, at first — to regain their power. For one woman, it was a simple gold bracelet she had received from her sponsor. It was all […]

Who Woulda Thunk It?

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… Spiritual practice is making the bed, defrosting the dinner, and so on. It’s not magical or removed; it’s about how I discover and reveal myself as I do things that are ordinary.” – Miriam Polster,  IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS […]

Gail’s Beads

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… we grow in our understanding of God as we come to understand our life stories more fully.” – Rabbi Laura Geller,  IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE My friend Gail likes artisan baubles. […]

The Unseen Heart

posted by Margaret Wolff

“God makes a way out of no way.” — Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE When I was a little girl, I used to lay awake at night and have long […]

Love in the Shadowlands

posted by Margaret Wolff

[ A prayer I’ve relied on for years is ] ‘Please God, let me see this through Your eyes.’ Even though I don’t necessarily believe in a God that has a human form, saying this opens me up to a […]

Hot Spell

posted by Margaret Wolff

“My duty as a religious person is to align myself with the power in the universe I call God. Alignment is what relationship — any relationship — is all about.” — Rabbi Laura Geller, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY […]

The Beauty in Numbers

posted by Margaret Wolff

“… it’s important to explore other points of view. Doing this provides you with options; it broadens you. You discover that just because you made lemonade one way all your life doesn’t mean you have to go on making it […]

It’s All Good, II

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I think there is a mystery in the universe that we, as bright as our species is, simply don’t have the capacity to understand … what I like to think of as some very wonderful energies. When I begin to […]

It’s All Good

posted by Margaret Wolff

“I have a willingness to see that even in the midst of bad times, there is something good somewhere that I can appreciate. This facility has allowed me to have quite a wonderful, productive life.” — Katherine Dunham, IN SWEET […]

Ho’oponopono

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When you feel your oneness with all life, you carry that with you everywhere you go. You feel centered. Then whatever you do helps others; it unifies life.” – Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT […]

Perseverance III

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Ultimately, anything God wants you to do does not mean neglect of self; it fosters the development or expansion of your true Self, your soul.” – Sri Daya Mata, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL […]

Remembering 911

posted by Margaret Wolff

“God will never leave you. God will never let you down. Don’t let a day go by without knowing that God is looking after you.” — Le Ly Hayslip, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL […]

Perseverance II

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Ultimately, anything God wants you to do does not mean neglect of self; it fosters the development or expansion of your true Self, your soul.” — Sri Daya Mata, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL […]

Perseverance

posted by Margaret Wolff

“You can’t go back in time and change what was, but you can change what you will do now. It’s a good antidote, a good way to counterbalance past regrets. It’s never too late to do what you want to […]

When Women Gather, III

posted by Margaret Wolff

“God is not something I think about but something I experience as an energy, a Presence.” — Olympia Dukakis, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE                 IN SWEET COMPANY         […]

When Women Gather, II

posted by Margaret Wolff

“The Divine Feminine, the Divine Mother, is a living force in the world. She is simply another way to understand God, or the Mother/Father God.” — Reverend Lauren Artress, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL […]

When Women Gather

posted by Margaret Wolff

“My spirituality is not something I practice but something I am, something I live. … we must each live and act in accordance with the knowledge that we are a part of Something Greater than ourselves.” — Katherine Dunham, IN […]

To Peter PS

posted by Margaret Wolff

And Hooray to those who are teaching me how to correctly embed videos into my post!

To Peter 

posted by Margaret Wolff

[As a young girl] “I was very attracted by the concept of the Madonna, the loving mother… this loving countenance is part of human experience, even during periods in our history when violence and abuse are dominant. When we are hurting, […]

United We Stand

posted by Margaret Wolff

“To me, spirituality is ultimately about seeing our Source — no matter what we each call It — as the same. It also involves acting on our responsibility to help others, especially those who are less fortunate. We must each […]

Golden

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Truth Within is sacred. It’s whole. It’s a positive energy that unifies and feeds the body and the mind.”  –  Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE Several years ago I was […]

I Know Your Song

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When people self-organize around their authentic human needs, when they move beyond denial and break out of what I call the ‘social trance,’ when they stop accepting domination and trauma as part of the status quo, partnership values flourish.” — […]

Eat Pray Love Sigh

posted by Margaret Wolff

Sleeping Beauty Quick!He’ s Coming!I have to lie downAnd pretend I’ve been sleepingAllThese years.Miriam Polestar, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE I saw the movie Sunday hoping we’d finally have a film that opened […]

Not Just Another Urban Myth

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When we hear each other’s stories, we begin to understand ourselves better and feel less alone. … When I tell my stories, it gives others permission to tell their own.” – Alma Flor Ada, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY […]

The Beat Goes On

posted by Margaret Wolff

“There’s a wonderful Bible verse that says ‘… well done, good and faithful servant.’ That about says it for me. I want to know that the people I care about most in the world can move on without me because […]

Through the Looking Glass

posted by Margaret Wolff

“Spirituality means that the way you live, move, and have your being comes forth out of the depth of Spirit, out of the resonant depths of life, instead of anything compartmentalized — or mechanistic or cerebral. It’s not determined from […]

Expressing the Sublime

posted by Margaret Wolff

“When you make it your goal to seek God first and attune yourself with Him … you are divinely led to what you can do for others.” — Sri Daya Mata, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING […]

In the Beginning

posted by Margaret Wolff

[Spirituality] “isn’t just about getting into the presence of God, because we’re in that presence all the time. The central question is ‘How can I fashion a life where I actually live in that awareness?’”   Rabbi Laura Geller, IN SWEET […]

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