Archive for May, 2023

I’m going to deep dive a little here this morning. If this makes zero sense to you, that’s okay. Don’t try to force it; if you feel moved, just sit with it.

One of the hardest things, or rather, one of the strangest things that happen as we evolve spiritually, is that we begin to see problems as opportunities. I don’t mean this as some sort of platitude, but literally and sincerely. (more…)

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I’m taking a much-needed day of meditation, rest, reading, and reflection. I love do-nothing-days. All the important things get done.

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It can certainly look like some people are anything but a blessing. When I am willing, in some measure, to accept the idea that everything is a gift, I find my greatest challenges often transform into the greatest blessings.

A friend of mine went to a benefit at the local zoo when her friend unexpectedly pressed her hands against the great ape glass enclosure and repeated, “I love you,” over and over. After several repetitions, a large silver-back sauntered over to the glass, placed his hands over hers, and looked into her eyes. She repeated this same exercise with the camels, and they, too, approached her. (And then some men in white coats came and “escorted” her out. Wink.) (more…)

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Need a lift?

I read a story a long time ago about a man who was miserable and knew he needed to make a change. He decided to look for something good in everyone he met. That morning, a man who had clearly not bathed in quite some time walked into his business. The businessman struggled to find something good in him but noticed his shoelaces were beautifully and perfectly tied. He talked with the man while focusing on his shoelaces.

A couple of weeks later, a well-dressed man walked in and approached the businessman. “You probably don’t recognize me. I came in a couple of weeks ago at the lowest point of my life. I was on my way to the bridge down the road to end it all but (more…)

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Nothing is working!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been confident that I need or want something, only to later discover that it only brought more pain. At one point, I began to see a pattern and decided that, since (more…)

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Our inner GPS or spiritual guidance will always lead us into the unknown–if we already knew it, we wouldn’t need to be guided, right?

It’s not blind faith but one born of practice and actual experiences that teach us that (more…)

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We often look around for answers, for a flicker of light—looking here, there, and everywhere—but it might be time to BE the light we are searching for.

The first question that usually comes to mind is, “Well, how the heck do I do that?” And the beautiful thing is that we don’t have to know the “how”; we just have to (more…)

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Just breathe…

“Why am I here?” I asked inwardly.

“You are here for a reason,” the inner Voice that had become so familiar to me responded, and I knew I was right where I needed to be.

I had been living in a deep spiritual state for quite some time when every door closed, and I had the choice between living on the street or staying with my dad.

Dad and I had a long history of hostility. He was all we had after Mom passed, but he had a lot of demons and was an abusive alcoholic. I saw him through kinder and gentler eyes after I began having deep spiritual experiences, but I still didn’t want to live with him. God had other plans.

Over the next several months, Dad and I baked together and laughed while I redecorated his house. One day as he stood in the living room doorway teasing me, I knew he wouldn’t be here much longer.

A couple of months later, I lived at his hospital bedside. I read him letters I wrote late at night while he slept, sang softly to him (much to his dismay), and cared for him as he transitioned.

Even when the doctors said he was no longer responsive, I could still feel him communicating with me and felt a deep, inexplicable peace. People would enter the room and remark about the feeling in the room.

“What happened between you and Dad?” my siblings would ask. What happened? What happened is that I saw him. I saw through what he seemed to be to what he always was hiding behind a dark glass…and I adored him beyond words.

He communicated with me until his last breath, and the next morning I awoke to his voice within me. It was him, but so gentle and kind that I almost didn’t recognize him. “Thank you, my daughter, my friend, my spiritual sister. I didn’t understand the importance of what you are doing, but I do now. You helped me more than you know, and now I’m here to help you.”

There aren’t any mistakes. We are always right where we need to be. Trust and ask for help to see the gifts right where you are today.

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Imagine you’re in a small boat floating in a crystal clear lagoon. The sun dances on the calm water, and all is well. Bam! Suddenly something hits your boat from behind. You whirl around, and anger rises as you see that it is another small boat.

But the boat appears to be empty. (more…)

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I often write about resting. The rest I’m referring to is more than naps and even more than not doing anything. It is an inner sense of trust in something bigger than ourselves. It’s an experience of being carried, enveloped in love, guided…the real sense that we are not alone.

It’s not that we don’t do anything when we are truly resting; actually, (more…)

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