Creating Sanctuary: Reflections on Keeping the Sabbath for a non-Jewish, non-religious family

Creating Sanctuary: Reflections on Keeping the Sabbath for a non-Jewish, non-religious family

We’re not Jewish. We don’t belong to any church. But Sabbath keeping has become a sort of temple-making where we find repose in God. This is how our non-Jewish, non-religious family keeps the Sabbath to create sanctuary and renew our spirit.

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And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

These trees speak to me and call me by name. They are my medicine. My church. Among the trees, I commune with the Divine.
Nature is a Healer. It is our birthright to follow the medicine that calls to your soul.

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Welcome Beautiful Soul :: An Introduction – Writing to Heal, Sacred Self-Care, and Healing Stories

Welcome Beautiful Soul :: An Introduction – Writing to Heal, Sacred Self-Care, and Healing Stories

Welcome beautiful soul. I made this for you:: Here are my best tips on Writing to Heal, creating a practice of Sacred Self-Care, and personal stories for healing + spiritual growth.

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A New Year’s Eve Journaling Exercise for Healing and Growth

A New Year’s Eve Journaling Exercise for Healing and Growth

The year ends on the tail of a new moon offering us a beautiful space for self-reflection.  I recently stayed at a sea-side cottage in coastal Maine where I could see the tide recede from the shoreline each afternoon.  There’s an emptiness, a receding-ness, about the new moon energy too. It’s the same energy that supports us as we release negativity and all things that […]

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Insist on Joy

Insist on Joy

Where I live in the Midwestern U.S., there is a real struggle happening between the remnants of the last frost and the insistence of spring. Even while there is still snow on the ground in some places, the grass is bright green in other areas. I can feel the trees vibrating as the first buds start to emerge from their branches. I was searching for […]

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Poetry – Mental Health – Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Poetry – Mental Health – Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Pain does funny things to our cognitive abilities. It muddies our vision, fogs our thinking, and makes it insanely difficult to remember important information. I remember, as a teenager, getting my fingers pinched in a door. Damn, that hurt. I let out a string of curse words in front of my uber-religious mom and I didn’t really care at the moment. My cognitive functions shut down briefly.In the moment, […]

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5 Self-Care Rituals for Writers

5 Self-Care Rituals for Writers

Writing about trauma means I have to prioritize self-care in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed. In expressive writing exercises, even if you’re not writing about particularly difficult experiences, writing still requires focused emotional energy. Writers need nourishing acts of self-care to keep them from becoming depleted. In my recent Poetry and Ritual workshop, we talked about the parallels between the two arts. I won’t give away the […]

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Even the Sun Stands Still: A Winter Solstice Reminder On Restorative Rest

Even the Sun Stands Still: A Winter Solstice Reminder On Restorative Rest

The faint sounds of winter are drowned out by the buzz of WiFi everywhere. Over-indulgence masks the soft aching in our hearts asking us to slow down. In spite of our constant busy-ness, that longing is still there if we take a breath and listen closely. Our body, mind, and soul just. wants. to. pause. Do you know why? Because, in these days, even the sun stands still.

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