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Storyteller for Hire

  he asks the one about her strengths and weaknesses and she descends in déjà vu her suit’s gray pinstripes unfurl behind her a trail of sage smoke she rides the air currents down soul canyon to the shadowy bottom alighting on a perch of Vishnu’s schist meditating on magnanimity on the steadiness of rock that remembers every story he asks the one about a time she showed resourcefulness and fixed a problem not a real problem but a made-up knot of office consternation he follows with the...

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Longing for the Sea

  “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry   We need to reinvent our culture. No small task. And given the tremendous process of inner impoverishment that has unfolded over the last few hundred years, we no longer have ready access to the tools we need to do it. Most of all, we need a new story. One that is life-affirming and...

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Demeter’s Welcome

  The old story goes that the beloved daughter Persephone resurfaces today, having spent winter in the underworld. She emerges with new wisdom gained from her time in the shadows and is joyously greeted by her mother Demeter, the goddess of earthly abundance, manifestation, creativity. Yet the underworld is also fertile, if in a different sort of way. The seed quickens in the dark womb of the soil. I’ve been reflecting on my own lessons from the underworld, contemplating what is ready to...

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Glimpses of Magic

Wow. Even though I admit I have a hard time understanding what this guy is saying (can’t make out his accent), I’m totally inspired. Words are secondary. Here, meaning is conveyed in a language far older than words. It’s not the fact that he has sacrificed financial gain to follow his passion… or that he pursues it in spite of hardship and injury… What inspires me is the depth of his relationship with this beautiful, rugged coast. And the way that he has shaped...

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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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