Your Soul is Not a Product

I keep getting emails and ads showing up in my social media feeds for what is called a “masterclass.” The idea is that if you watch this video and listen to this person, you’re going to gain massive spiritual insight that’s going to take you to the next level. And what is the next level? I don’t know. Happiness? More money? Deeper awakening? This dude interviews all kinds of healers […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Should You Be Empty?

A lot of meditation teachers talk about the practice of “emptying” yourself when you sit down to pray. A word about prayer vs. meditation. These two are pretty much the same. Prayer tends to be something we do with words, while we think of meditation as silence. But I’ve done some meditation in kundalini yoga that requires repeating a mantra out loud over and over again (like Catholics do with […]

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Confessions (and a Video Link)

I am weird. I have always been weird, but I have often tried to suppress that side of myself. My family doesn’t like “weird.” They are very straight-laced folks. But I love being weird. I love being creative, trying new things, getting out of my comfort zone. (Wait, can I say I love┬áthat last part? Probably not, but I love when it’s over.) And I love weird people. They are […]

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Soul Sisters

So often we realize we have family that has nothing to do with blood relations. I am a person gifted with so many beautiful friends. Friends who have stuck by me, accepted my flaws, grieved with me. Friends who held me up in hard times and laughed with me in the good. It’s surprising, actually, because I remember while I was married with very young children, feeling so terribly alone, […]

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The Perfect Offering

  Forget your perfect offering. –Leonard Cohen   We don’t always know how to walk through the world with open hands. In fact, what we’ve been taught from a young age is that in order to be strong, in order to find success in this life, we need to be prepared with rounded fists. We’re told that’s where the power lies. That we need to punch the air, control, dominate, […]

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