Inside

When we talk about the inside of ourselves, what is it that we mean? Are we talking about our bones, our tissue, our blood, our organs, and our systems? Well, those of us bound by the purely physical may only view our insides that way. But for me, I am fascinated with so much more. Yes, because I am a personal trainer, the physical parts listed above fascinate me, but I am more fascinated with the parts within us that cannot be seen and may never be understood. The parts…

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When COVID is Over, Don’t Stay in Place!

COVID has given us much fear and suffering. It has also given us much space and time. And with space and time comes connection. And with connection comes action. Black Lives Matter sprang up bolder and bigger and more fierce than ever before during this tragic springtime, because people had time to witness a terrible murder and really protest this foul act in huge numbers. The COVID pandemic enabled black and white people to forget about their jobs or even their loss of their jobs and take to the streets in droves. Did it help us…

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The Nature of Consciousness

To speak the truth about the nature of consciousness, we would really have to remain silent, for it is the highest teaching. Consciousness as defined by Rupert Spira, a British potter and teacher of the Advaita Vedanta direct path method, as “that in which all experience appears, in which all experience is known, and out of which all experience is made. All experience is mind, thinking, imagining, sensing, perceiving, and the mind’s knowledge of whatever it knows or perceives is only ever as good as its knowledge itself. The highest…

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Spring Internal Cleaning

Thirteenth century Soto Zen Master Dogen suggests, “To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things your body and mind drop away.”  What does that mean? And how is it relevant to Spring cleaning, in this pandemic era? This pandemic is a challenging time for people on many levels. Covid threatens our sense of safety and security. Too many have experienced the coronavirus either directly by being ill with it, or caring for someone…

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New Paradigm Living

We are living in unprecedented times. Self-isolation has forced us to slow down from our normal lifestyle of traveling faster than the speed of light, overcommitting on our time management and living in a consumer driven world. Instead, we have been offered a “do over” or a “reboot” to reflect on how we truly want to live our lives, perhaps in a more mindful and conscious manner. We know all action has consequences and the consequences of our actions to date are calling our humanity to a paradigm shift. A…

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Inside

A microscopic virus has shut down societies and economies worldwide.  Mother Nature gave us all a timeout for our global civilization’s greedy behavior.  Survival is the first step, as we try to stay alive, healthy and fed.  Thriving is the next goal.  This lockdown encourages us transform ourselves individually and collectively.  Most of us are staying home 24/7, maybe an hour outside.  Prisoners have the choice whether to reform and rehabilitate themselves, or not.  We have the same choice to make, and some won’t want to learn and grow.  But many…

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Pandemic

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones.  They can't be at the bedside, or have a funeral service.  Thousands of people have died from this virus, millions will catch it and fight for their lives, and billions of people worldwide are locked down.  Many others are bravely risking their lives working in hospitals and other essential jobs, bringing needed supplies to those in lockdown so that we can survive this dangerous pandemic.   The coronavirus has shut down every society and economy worldwide. Mother Nature…

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Is There a Gift for Humanity in the Corona Virus?

As I write these words, I soothe myself with Windham Hill music flowing through my headset.  The music takes me back to a time period when I was 37 years old, living in suburbia USA in my insulated bubble of a life raising my “Brady Bunch” combined family with my husband. I recall feeling so blessed and aligned within my own little world and then suddenly, in one day, I collapsed onto the floor and spent the next three months in my bed. My husband, not knowing how to cope,…

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Purpose

Our current civilization, born in the cities of the Industrial Revolution in Europe, has now spread worldwide, gobbling up Earth’s natural resources.  It is not sustainable. The biggest threat to our civilization and to our species is a nuclear world war.  Even a regional war in the Persian Gulf or Taiwan would hurt every country.   Civil wars are shattering Iraq and Syria, where the first civilizations arose long ago. One reason for today's conflicts around the globe is the legacy of colonial borders drawn by European imperialists over a…

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Divine Feminine Attributes

Today, there is a resurgence of interest in the Divine Feminine. What is Divine Feminine and why is it important for us to identify with this energy? Further, what about the Divine Feminine counterpart – Divine Masculine and how will it shift our consciousness to balance and align and integrate these two aspects from our soul, hear, mind and body? The Divine Feminine is most commonly defined as: 1. a spiritual, psychological, and archetypal ideal of feminine energy. The manifestation of the purest form of feminine expression. 2. universal and…

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