Walking the Tightrope

  Trust that everything that happens to you happens for a higher good. Everything has meaning, and nothing does. The pain in your life is a contraction that’s unavoidable. But it is also the path to new birth. You are being born again, all the time, every moment of your life. You’re often just not aware of it. We can’t control people’s actions, and we can’t control the things that […]

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The Shadow of Love

“I’m not interested in that kind of love,” Mel said. “If that’s love, you can have it.” –Raymond Carver, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” There is a kind of love that is not love at all. It just wears the mask of love, like demons sometimes wear the mask of light. This Thing, which is really Pain in disguise, is not about giving to another person, […]

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Where Happiness Lies

A lot of people think a life of devotion, a life of faith, means rigidity and strict rules. That to believe in God and submit to a higher Will makes you unhappy and confined. That could not be farther from the truth. My experience of Christianity, enriched by my community of Quakers, yogis, and mystics, is that faith opens everything up to greater depth and beauty and wholeness. It does […]

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Hippie Love

Yesterday, my friend Lauren told me I was a hippie. “Really?” I said. I don’t know how it came up, but somehow I was telling her that the house where I babysit has a sign that says “Hippies Welcome,” and my son asked what being a hippie meant. I didn’t know how to describe it. “Just tell him, you,” she said. I laughed as she reminded me that two weeks […]

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Pray with a Hungry Heart

Trust that whatever is meant for you, will come to you. Trust that whatever lesson that needs to be learned, will be learned in its time. I have gone through my life desiring so many things. I wanted to find my dream job, but it became more and more elusive. I wanted to find the perfect man, but he wouldn’t appear. I wanted my book to be published so I […]

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