Don’t Take Your Mother for Granted

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings        That then I scorn to change my state with kings. –Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 Here is what happens. When a culture elevates one group or party above others, we have a tendency to want to become the “elevated ones.” That makes sense, doesn’t it? We look to them for how to be in the world. We want what they have, we want […]

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The Circle and the Line

Within each of us is a masculine and feminine energy. The masculine is the assertive, do do do nature. The feminine is our openness, our ability to receive, to surrender, to let flow. We need both of these energies in balance inside us if we are able to move effectively through this world. When I say “effective,” I am not talking about worldly visions of success. Too many of us have […]

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Your Beautiful Body

What was the first lesson you were taught about your body? Think about a baby, a toddler, learning about the way her body works. One day she sees that she has a hand. She waves it, understands, slowly, that it’s an extension of her being. Or she moves it wildly when she’s emotional, her whole body squirming, her legs kicking, toes stiff. A toddler learning to walk feels the soles […]

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Your Vulnerability Is Your Strength

Love is recklessness, not reason. Reason seeks a profit, Love comes on strong, consuming herself, Unabashed. Yet in the midst of suffering, Love proceeds like a millstone, Hard-surfaced and straight-forward. Having died to self-interest, She risks everything and asks for nothing. Love gambles away every gift God bestows. –Rumi “I want to know what love is, I want you to show me. I want to feel what love is, I […]

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The Magic of Women

I want to tell you a story about the magic of women. This is one story. One. There are so many others to tell. Story One: Enter Elizabeth My middle daughter is now 10, but after I gave birth to her, I experienced a kind of anxiety and fear I had never before known. Giving birth to her, under the care of an amazing midwife, was inordinately painful, and au […]

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