Writing and the Soul’s Requirements

Writing and the Soul’s Requirements

Writing and I go back a long way. I’ve had a desire to write since high school, but the most that came out of me was some paltry journal entries and an emotionally dense poem from time to time. I followed my love for reading and writing into college by studying...

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In All Their Organic Wisdom

In All Their Organic Wisdom

On the soul journey, there are days that don’t seem so bright. The sheen goes out. A dullness takes over and depth accompanies it. Richness in a different kind of grandeur. There’s a density to it all.  The corners of the mouth lie flat or slightly turn down. The...

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Falling Into a New Practice

Falling Into a New Practice

At the beginning of August, I received a tap-tap on my shoulder. A nudge. A few thoughts trickled in about the changing light and the impending presence of fall. Dun dun duuunn. I began to notice each evening grow mildly darker. I reflected on my experience of fall...

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She Dances the Magic of the Land

She Dances the Magic of the Land

She dances along the river’s edge, smiling freely and scattering plumes of fairy dust as she spins. Her grin imbues the air with fortitude. And each step sends ripples of love through the earth’s crust. Her movement blesses all of life. Her body sings in rhythm and...

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Let’s Breathe Together

Let’s Breathe Together

Have you taken a few deep breaths today? Here’s your gentle reminder to do so. In this moment now, as you read these words breathe in through your nose and out through your nose. One slow inhale to the count of four. One slow exhale to the count of four. Do a few of...

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Pay No Mind, Summer

Pay No Mind, Summer

It’s 3:30 PM as the sun bears down on another hot day in Texas. It’s the hottest time of the day at the hottest time of the year. I can comfortably say that we’ve crossed over into late August. And for weeks now, I’ve noticed the sun setting earlier and earlier each...

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Lost on the Cosmic Sea

Lost on the Cosmic Sea

The balance point keeps shifting. Just when I’m beginning to feel an equilibrium, a steady-state, a mode of being I can live with for a while, it all begins to sway really far left and then really far right. I scramble about to make sense of the energies.  I see...

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My One True Partner

My One True Partner

We’ve come a long way. We’ve made tough decisions. We’ve had hard conversations. We’ve felt difficult feelings and acknowledged poor behaviors and unhealthy patterns of relating. We’ve excavated and dug and cleared and cleaned and released. We’ve done a lot of hard...

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Convergence

Convergence

Now is the time when whole worlds converge, one right on top of the other. They smoosh and smash into one another. The outer layers look like they’re about to disintegrate so it all can become one. And yet it doesn’t. They just sit there as close together as they can...

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The Emergence of Sexual Innocence

The Emergence of Sexual Innocence

Sex and sexuality throughout the last many centuries, if not for a couple of millennia, have become excessively entrenched in dark energy. Religions sequestered these innate, natural human expressions to one place only - the marriage bed. And it was for only a man and...

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A Fresh Look at Each New Day

A Fresh Look at Each New Day

I’m deeply in touch with the seasons in a way I have never been before in this life. I feel the current of the passing summer day drawing me in, out, and along as we progress. I see the sun moving in the sky, slowly setting a hair earlier each night. But if I weren’t...

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Soul Says No to Social Media in Favor of Sovereignty

Soul Says No to Social Media in Favor of Sovereignty

I *almost* forgot about my follow-up post for my big decision to take a social media hiatus. It’s already been one month, which feels absolutely crazy to me. Crazy for multiple reasons. First of all, time is an interesting beast. Isn’t it? June was at once the fastest...

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When Soul Meets Body

When Soul Meets Body

It’s hard for me to show up to the page today. I’ve got so much going on internally that I’d rather sit with myself than express here. But I know the therapeutic power and nature of writing. It’s good for the heart and soul.  What’s occurring within me is a deep...

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Nothing to Do But Take Care of Yourself

Nothing to Do But Take Care of Yourself

Last Thursday I packed up my car with two backpacks full of camping gear, clothes and personal items, and altar items, as well as a brown bag full of food, multiple blankets and pillows, and plenty of water. I was taking a journey. I set out at around 6:00 a.m. to New...

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When a Cat Teaches Me About Trust and True Love

When a Cat Teaches Me About Trust and True Love

Each night there’s a small, stray, white cat with grey spots that slinks past my fenced patio. She circles back around the bush stump and does a long stretch, pushing each paw into the dirt, one out further than the next until a maximum stretch is reached.  I’ve been...

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My Inner Rebellion Starts Now

My Inner Rebellion Starts Now

  It’s a new day and another week and the revolution continues. But I’m not going to get into a conversation about the current ongoing events in America, despite my prior conviction that I would. In fact, I’m deliberately removing myself from the conversation for...

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My Heart Stands for Black Lives

My Heart Stands for Black Lives

It’s been only a week since I posted last but what a week it has been for me personally and for the collective. I want to write freeform today to speak to the powerful and transformative times we all find ourselves in. I also want to be sensitive to what’s going on...

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5 Positive Outcomes from One Month No TV

5 Positive Outcomes from One Month No TV

I felt anxiety bubble in my belly as the sun rose and coffee poured down the back of my throat. It was a cross between bubbles and butterflies, heaviness and stress, overwhelm and anticipation. I scrawled across the smooth pages of my journal in black ink looking for...

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Committed to My Writing

Committed to My Writing

It has been a wild few weeks. I went through a period of intense desire to write. I showed up to the page every day I was off work and even on days I got sent home early. But then my cycle started at the same time as a Scorpio full moon and ever since then I've been...

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My No TV Experiment as Inspired by The Great Jane Goodall

My No TV Experiment as Inspired by The Great Jane Goodall

Spring is my favorite time of year. In Texas, starting in April, the temperatures begin to reach that perfect level where you’re not too hot and you’re not too cold. The live oak trees drop all of last year’s leaves and at the same time they shed a green pollen that...

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Wise and Soulful Use of Quarantine

Wise and Soulful Use of Quarantine

It's been almost a month now since I started to self-isolate. I go to work and, if I absolutely must, I'll go to the grocery store. I’m feeling the ache and pain of being alone. The time I would normally spend with others is spent completely isolated from the rest of...

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After Dinner Writing

After Dinner Writing

I remember a time when I'd finish eating dinner with my family and rush upstairs to my room so I could write something new for my blog. I wrote one blog post a week for almost a year. I was so excited about it. Excited but scared. I was afraid of people reading what I...

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Intense Times: A Call to Return to Soul

Intense Times: A Call to Return to Soul

Last week was intense. I haven't felt pulled off track like that in a long time. My partner of eight years moved out on Sunday. And the pandemic intensified tenfold. An Unfortunate Rendezvous with Old Habits My regular spiritual and self-care practices started to slip...

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Blessings for This Day

Blessings for This Day

Today... May your fears be set aside for love. May your tenderness shine through. May your eagerness for life spill over. May your anxieties direct your attention in and down to the silent core of your being. May you know your own strength and courage. May you be...

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Vision: What It Takes to Go All the Way

Vision: What It Takes to Go All the Way

It can be easy in a moment to follow a flash of inspiration. Riding on a high, one inspired action leads to another. Complete works come into existence from the void. Whole new worlds are created. But for what? One-off projects here and there get you things. Lots of...

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At the End of This Day

At the End of This Day

It’s almost five o’clock. I want to sit in front of the TV and forget about how I feel. I want to avoid doing the things I know are worth even only five minutes of my time. Because it takes strength and willpower. Both of which feel like they’re hitting new lows. New...

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At the Start of Each Day

At the Start of Each Day

When I wake up in the morning and the living room is blue from a sun yet to rise over the tops of surrounding buildings I sit crossed legged and close my eyes. I take a few deep breaths and draw my attention over every inch of my body as my breath permeates each cell....

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Dark Night (a poem)

Dark Night (a poem)

When the rock bends the road and the tall grasses reach to meet it Eons in time spill across space whose dark edge sinks to meet the horizon, whose stars and moons cast a light and deep shadows that go unnoticed this time. It’s the splattering of pebbles and stones...

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Next Great Expanse (a poem)

Next Great Expanse (a poem)

At the top I see out across the landscape, a scene obscured. Deep clouds fog the view and yet - I know that great expanse. The endless horizon of my consciousness, infinite and unknown. I breathe in with great pause. In my chest I feel the rest as I settle in my...

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Grieving for the Earth

Grieving for the Earth

Today is the day I share with you my grief for the earth. If you don’t see it, then it’s time to. Take a look. See the trash that litters the highway. See the shredded plastic bags that cling to trees along creeks that run with oiled waters. See the birds, fish, and...

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“By soul I mean a person or thing’s unique niche in the Earth community… So, although soul for me is an ecological concept, the process of coming to know our soul is not an ecological process but a psychological one — and a spiritual one, as well. Embodying or manifesting our soul, in the way I mean this word, is our mature/ adult life purpose, our singular destiny.” – Bill Plotkin