Forgive This? Something for the Holidays . . .

Forgiveness works when . . . You realize keeping someone in a negative story line does not in any way protect you. Trying to protect yourself with judgment or blame would be like expecting a candle to offer light in a windy tunnel. You open your heart and mind to what is happening in the moment rather than expecting the past to repeat itself. You don’t focus all your attention on the trespass – instead you pay attention to your experience with this person in the moment. If this person is not part of your present experience, then they are not part … Continue reading

An Old Dog With An Old Trickster

Early on in my life, I found myself at times inundated with certain dark thoughts that just seemed to appear randomly and out of nowhere. They would show up at different times in my life and interfere with an otherwise pleasant time. They didn’t seem to have any cause. Asking why they existed only generated more unhappiness on my part, so I decided to pay more attention to when they arose. Knowing that the problem is next to the wound, that the solution is within the question, I noticed how, if it weren’t for these random dark thoughts, I would … Continue reading

Aspiring from Within: The Power of Your Intentions

The practice of conscious intentions is not just a method of contemplation but a real means to influence our perceptions, emotions, thoughts and experiences. Intentions train our mind, and direct our experiences. Intentions have two aspects: the cognitive aspect of wanting to cultivate something, and the intentional actions themselves. These actions resonate directly with the held intention. Therefore, you will witness your intention within the resulting action and experience. We begin with a higher wish to cultivate a quality such as compassion, creativity, or dialogue. This wish is an internal one created through an intention such as: I maintain the spirit … Continue reading

Spiritual Healing & The Shaman’s Body

  The mind, the breath and uplifting emotional states such as acceptance and compassion are powerful tools of healing. We can engage the energy body through breath, meditations and personal body rituals that wake up our own shaman’s body.     Fall is the transition time when the body is more vulnerable and often stressed than any other season. Fall is a good time to do a light seasonal cleanse. This is a good time to prepare for the winter season. It is always a “good time of year” to spend some time outdoors in the natural light. Also: Stay warm, … Continue reading