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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Writing Prompt: I return this to you

Writing Prompt: I return this to you

You have the power to discard and reject the lies that have been spoken over you. You can say, this is not my pain; this is not my fear; this shame is not mine. Declare what doesn’t serve you and send it back to it’s source.

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Writing Prompt: What does your Wild Heart really want to say?

Writing Prompt: What does your Wild Heart really want to say?

Writing helps us cut through the internal critic. What would your truest self – your heart-self – say if it were set free? Try this writing prompt: my wild heart wants to tell you…

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Listening for your calling

After a particularly restful visit to the woods of northern Wisconsin, I was sitting in the passenger seat of our car as my partner drove us home. I dozed off watching open fields of wheat interrupted by lush pines, rocky shorelines and old Indian lands. In my half-sleep half-dreaming state, I heard my name. “Iris.” I opened my eyes and looked at my partner. It wasn’t […]

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A Meditation on Home

A Meditation on Home

Before you venture out into the wilderness, be sure to have a solid sense of Home.

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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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On Finding Space and Going Too Far

On Finding Space and Going Too Far

Poetry is my answer when I need space to breath. Poetry and nature. I got a little of both when I headed out to the woods with my family this summer. I had all the space I needed as I headed way out into the woods where I almost got lost with my 2.5 year old daughter. I was planning to swing on a hammock for several days, go […]

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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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