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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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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Finding Joy in Your Writing Practice

Finding Joy in Your Writing Practice

If you’re anything like me, you probably find that much of your writing has come from the intense moments in your life. I look through an old pile of journals and read about long-forgotten heartbreaks, about loss and trauma, and other charged moments. There is a reason for this. Our attention naturally drifts toward areas of disturbance. Think about it. You may not often notice […]

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Making Space for Hearing the Voice of Wisdom

Making Space for Hearing the Voice of Wisdom

I’ve tried over and over to recreate the type of environment that is conducive to listening. Whether it’s listening for the voice of a spirit guide, the voice of my own intuition, or the voice of God – there is a need for stripping away the excess noise in order to really hear. Answers emerge in silence and wide-open spaces: in open fields or in […]

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Speak Truth – Even If Your Voice Shakes

Speak Truth – Even If Your Voice Shakes

One of my favorite quotes has always been one by the activist Maggie Kuhn: “Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind – even if your voice shakes.” Kuhn was known for her work against age discrimination. A self-proclaimed “little old lady,” she was speaking up about elderly rights until just two weeks before her death at the age of 89. She said […]

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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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The Loud Talker & Mindful Monday: “Like when your mind is full.”

The Loud Talker & Mindful Monday: “Like when your mind is full.”

I’m sitting in the waiting room of the VA medical clinic in rural Illinois…waiting, hyper-aware of everyone around me: The old man in his wheelchair, snoring. The young man in an Army ball-cap sitting in the corner, cross-armed with a very serious  look. The middle-aged man cleaning his fingernails with a folded piece of paper. And me: not white, not old, not man. I try not […]

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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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