Ancient Paths, New Journeys

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Healing, prayers, Spirituality | 5 comments

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” ~~Jeremiah 6:16 Hello all  A friend and I just returned from Santa Fe, where we did some hiking, some writing and a lot of playing.  We are working on a book about Spirituality and Grief, and I cannot think of a better place to ponder such things than the desert. I snapped this picture near Skull Bridge, at the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)  near Abiquiu, New Mexico.  The Trail head is just over that bridge and heads south into the Rio...

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Grief is its own Medicine

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Emotions, Grief, Happiness, Healing, Loss and Letting Go, Spirituality | 3 comments

“Grief is itself a medicine.”                        ~~William Cowper (1731-1800) I went to visit my dad over the weekend.  It’s been almost five months since my mom died and Saturday morning we went to the cemetery.  It was an overcast Ozark day, one my mother would have called “dreary.”  Too many days in a row like that and I start to get sort of squirrely, but today I found the starkness of the country landscape beautiful.  It seemed like a good day to go to a grave. My mom is buried four or five miles back on an old country road, in Clubb Cemetery, outside of Zalma, MO.  The...

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Happy Solstice and Merry Happy Everything!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Emotions, Happiness, Loss and Letting Go, ponderings, prayers, Spirituality | 0 comments

Hello all 🙂  Happy Solstice!  This is probably the last post of 2011 and  on this Day of Light,  I wanted to say hello and thanks for another great year. I also want to acknowledge what a difficult time of year this is for many of us, all over the planet.  So in this powerful time when we celebrate all of what it means that Light comes into the world,  perhaps a gentle reminder to  breathe and let yourself rest a bit.  Breathe and allow it to  replace that holiday tension with a holy relaxation and sacred calm.   This is the time of year when we are reminded to replace the fear and darkness...

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Spiritual Fruits or Just Nuts?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Emotions, Grief, Happiness, Loss and Letting Go, prayers, Spirituality | 0 comments

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Let the beauty we love be what we do.   ~~Rumi I love this picture, taken when the Christ the Redeemer statue was under construction.   One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it was built in Rio di Janiero in the 1920’s and is huge, overlooking the whole city.  It captures how I so often feel on the path and I look at it from time to time to remind me of what it symbolizes to me in my...

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Dealing with Difficult Relatives

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 in Emotions, Grief, Healing, Loss and Letting Go, prayers, Spirituality | 0 comments

Your friends, family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing. -Jim Rohn Hello all and Happy Late Thanksgiving!  Or maybe it’s Early-Merry-Happy-Whatever-You-Celebrate-This-Time-of-Year, I’m not sure.  I do know I’m not wishing anyone a Happy Black Friday 🙂  Whatever this time of year means for you and your family, I do know that what most of us want is Happy-Merry and what a lot of us feel is pressure or disappointment.  Contrary to what the Hallmark store...

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