spirituality and faith

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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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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The Joy of Meaninglessness

Do you know how much love I feel? Let me explain. I don’t even know where to start. Within each person is an immense, immeasurable well of love. It is as though within our bodies is a bucket of love-water, and it runneth over time and time again. And that love-water we’re filled with is part of the love-water of the universe, the river that runs through everything, the essence […]

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A New Gender Dynamic

For a long time, I thought I was inferior to men. Wait, that’s not true. I didn’t think I was inferior. I believed it. What I thought was that I was angry about that belief, a belief that went so deep I didn’t know how to access it to turn it over and find out where it came from so I could remove it. This belief was something in my body that went […]

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