Growing Out My Hair

So here’s the thing. My head has been buzzed long enough that I don’t really remember myself with hair. Just so you know what I mean by a buzzed head: I mean a fraction of an inch to bald. Just so you know how to picture me: I am 5’4″ and have a wonderful little […]

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As the sun sets behind a bay, two empty chairs sit facing each other, awaiting the deep wisdom that arises.

What Is Deep Wisdom Listening?

There is a deep wisdom within you. What stops you from knowing it? This deep wisdom is your birthright. It is there by definition. What clouds your human senses then and prevents them from accessing this wisdom or even being aware that it exists? Every human being is “born awake.” Born knowing his or her […]

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The Miracle of Just Be-ing

Once in a while, something sparks your imagination and never lets go. Fifty-some years later, I can still close my eyes and see my feet as they step onto the monastery grounds. Five years ago, as I was writing Minnow Creek, I had the privilege of translating O Llama de Amor Viva!, a poem by […]

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A Question to Ponder

What are you doing with your precious human life? Trashing it, parking it, calling a tow truck, or looking for an opening?

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Why the World Wasn’t Ready for Eaddias Oates

The world wasn’t ready for Eaddias Oates. He was born out of season, out of time. The moon whispered it to him in the evening as it shone through his bedroom window. “You were born out of season, Eaddias. You were born too soon.” The morning birds chirped it to him as the first light […]

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Our Endorphin Machine

Some years ago, I wrote a short essay about Jaetu, our goldendoodle. It was called “Our Endorphin Machine” and published in WNC Magazine. Jaetu was little then. Only two years old. I was physically well then and Wayne was mentally intact. All three of us felt like youngsters, bounding around and doing with our lives […]

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Can Prayer Be This Immediate?

My husband and I were talking about a couple of heavy things. He stopped in the middle of the discussion and said, as is his habit, “Let’s pray about it.” I have several responses to this behavior from him. Some are more gracious than others. But this time, something new slipped out from my subconscious […]

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Understanding Your Eternal Worth

“Look in the mirror in the morning. What looks out through your eyes is the Divine. What sees its reflection back is the Divine.” Click the white “Play” button below to listen to the complete meditation. This audio blog post is a recording from a discussion at Waking Dreams Retreat in Asheville. The complete audio transcription is below. […]

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Why Is It That What You Resist Persists?

The Serenity Prayer is a wise one. It begins, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” What is the most basic thing that you cannot change? It is the fact that you are living in a human […]

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Yellow and purple flowers blooming in a sunny garden.

All Is Well

When things seem to be going off the rails this holiday season, step back from your expectations and let yourself know the Mystery. In some deep and unfathomable way, “All Is Well.” Love and tenderness this season from me to you. 💟   Song lyrics: From the darkness before morning, From the calm before the […]

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