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Switching the Bubbles

I’m hearing a soft, flat whistle from somewhere in front of me, but it’s impossible to tell exactly which direction. Seep! Followed by silence. Something is making the birds anxious enough that they will no longer reveal their location. Later when we go inside, Jon Young explains that what I heard was a robin alarming. This particular call is strategically difficult to pinpoint. As he pieces together observations from others in the group, a pattern emerges. The alarms and subsequent wave of...

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Moonbeams in a Bucket

                            I celebrated the full moon on Sunday at the playground near my house. Soaring back and forth on a swing. Giggling. Watching her rise gloriously in the night. That morning I had walked a labyrinth with a group of women, holding the intention of seeding the new energy that’s wanting to come into my life. Before entering the labyrinth we wandered in a nearby meadow on a hill with a tremendous view of...

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How is Harder than Why

  How can we live simply and mindfully, with reverence for all of life? How can we once again learn to listen to life, the Earth, to our hearts, so we act in harmony with the real forces that underlie creation? How can we return to the values that sustain our souls as well as our bodies? What do we really need, rather than what we want? And how can we contribute, how can we help others and the Earth? How can we live the generosity that the Earth continues to teach us?  ~ Llewellyn...

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Grief & Reconnection

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview of Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett. In the conversation they explore Joanna’s path, her early experiences, and her current insights. The fact that the dialogue draws heavily on the poetry of Rilke is a definite bonus. I deeply value Joanna Macy’s teachings and view her as an important elder playing a critical role. I belong to a Work That Reconnects practice group, based on her teachings. I am so grateful for this beautiful, supportive circle of souls. We...

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Remembering the Sacred

  Some years ago in Boulder, I saw Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee speak with Father Thomas Keating about interspirituality. At the time, I was so taken with Fr. Keating that Vaughan-Lee barely registered. But since then, he has become a strong voice for ecospirituality and I’ve come to admire him greatly. I was deeply moved listening to this interview about Vaughan-Lee’s new book called Darkening of the Light: Witnessing the End of an Era. Though I haven’t read it yet, it’s clear that the book...

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Holy Night

  Over the past week I’ve been really conscious of something in me that longs to mark this time with ceremony and celebration. Something in me wants to make it special, as people have done at the winter solstice and New Year for millennia, recreating the world anew. Yet I’m also aware that the rituals our culture presents me with seem sadly hollow. “Consumeristmas” is a fitting term for the materialistic orgy so many of us indulge in. I struggle to get my head around the scale of it....

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