I recently discovered that my cat can walk on trails. It required some letting go and trusting that he would not just bolt or climb into a sewer, but he’s surprised me. Over time, he lets me walk near him and he follows the trails (mostly). We have learned how…
To believe that you must know how everything will or should happen before it happens is unrealistic. It reveals an unconsciousness to the vast limits of what we perceive, think, feel, and know. To know what you do not know is important to understanding that you cannot control every detail of how something will unfold. Have reverence for the complexity of life and understand that the intention is more important than the choreographed detail.
Spending time in wild places is the closest thing I’ve ever felt to experiencing transcendence and divinity. Mountains are the only royalty I’ve ever recognized. When I get really quiet and listen deeply in a wild place, I can feel my ancestors, the ancient ones that gathered and foraged and understood the complexity and intelligence of the land, coming to life again in me.
Watching the destruction and disappearance and “selling off” of these natural places is painful, especially as it is not recognized that they hold the key to the survival of our species. The call of the wild and the responsibility to defend what is sacred and cannot speak for itself seems to grow stronger in me each day.
What happens when you give love and you don’t get it back?
Earlier this year, my beloved cat Rainn disappeared. I spent so many weeks searching for him, grieving his loss, beating myself up for not being more careful with him, imagining scenarios in which he was cold, hungry and…
The word “release” is just as misused and misunderstood in the spiritual community as the word “resist” is in the activist community. Anything that you “release” never fully leaves you. Rather, you form a new understanding, relationship or channel of communication with it. The aim should really be to “integrate”…
though it’s not valued
in our culture
there is wealth
in observing one spot
every shift of the wind
of the sun and clouds
that passes by
through growth and wreckage.
this is the expertise
of the grass and trees.
those who watch.
On my mother’s 64th birthday, she woke up breathing with new lungs. This is nothing short of miraculous and I will tell you the story.
It’s been a long, excruciating journey to get her here. Many years back, my mom started having trouble breathing. It started with a sore throat…