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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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When You Change Relationships Change

When You Change Relationships Change

A few months ago I set out with the intention to write and share regularly on social media. This was big for me because I hadn’t ever posted regularly. And when I did post it was hardly ever anything of substance. It was mostly more of a check in; like “hey, here’s...

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You Can Be Healthy and Eat Cake

You Can Be Healthy and Eat Cake

I’m not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be (well, at least not right now). I make errors in my writing (grammar, syntax, and the like). I don’t wear make-up all the time. I don’t always have a sparkle in my eye. Sometimes I have bags beneath my eyes and my hair is...

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Nature: The Ultimate Space Holder for Self-Understanding

Nature: The Ultimate Space Holder for Self-Understanding

I set an intention a couple of months ago to deepen my connection with nature. And then I forgot about it. Nonetheless, the power of intention has driven me to seek out nature opportunities left and right, far more than anytime before. What I find in my connection...

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To Be Truly Alive, You Must First…

To Be Truly Alive, You Must First…

Yesterday I wandered the land at the edge of Lake Texoma on the Texas side. I came to the land with ideas, perceptions, and judgments. I left schooled on how to listen. First, I thought mostly of my family, who occupy both lands. And the many trips I’ve taken over...

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How to End Things

How to End Things

I feel so grateful. I feel it in the center of my chest and the points of my cheeks. I feel it tingle in my fingers and toes. I feel so happy and thankful for this week and half I’ve spent in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. It’s been an amazing reset and a...

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Why Am I Here?

Why Am I Here?

When I contemplate this question it connects me to a deeper current. It doesn’t matter that there are days, weeks, or even months in which I feel deeply on purpose. There are always times in which this contemplation gets me closer to home a little more than before....

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Cycle Awareness Practice

Cycle Awareness Practice

I have SO much energy today. It’s amazing. I give thanks to my cycle. #cycleday15.  Some of you have heard me talk about my cycle awareness practice and been interested. While others of you have uncomfortably scoffed, “Oh, Paula!” Yes, oh Paula! I absolutely love it....

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The Pathless Woods

The Pathless Woods

Currently, I’m sitting in confusion. My mind squabbles all the should’s, could’s, and “don’t you wanna’s.” It shrieks of time, ambition, and success. All in one breath. And then does a quick about-face to scream in another breath all the fears of possible wrongdoing,...

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The Trick of Change

The Trick of Change

I woke up the other morning feeling vulnerable. I felt tender and sensitive to the world around me. I hadn’t quite arrived fully into my own skin from the dream world. But an abiding discomfort was present. It frightened me. And the decisions of the previous day...

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Change

Change

Change. It’s one of the most challenging parts of being human. Most people wake up every day and do pretty much the same thing. Too afraid to do something different. If we’re conscious, we bring on change ourselves or at least respond quickly and easily to what life...

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A Response To A Blank Canvas

A Response To A Blank Canvas

What’s most present for me when I sit down to write (the blank canvas being who you are responding to — a reflection of you)? What immediately surfaces are the many, many fears I have around self-expression. I feel an intense obligation to be silent. To write about...

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Faith in the Universe

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Faith in the Universe

  If you find yourself frequently down and out, unsure of your place in the world, or doubtful of whether life will ever go your way, then you’re the perfect person to start a faith practice. If you have a hard time letting go and can’t help but want to control...

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Do You Hear the Cry?

Do You Hear the Cry?

Life is changing rapidly these days. You can see it clearly on the world’s stage. Our darkest shadows express themselves in politics, warfare, natural disasters, and hate crimes in our own communities. Every day we think, “It can’t get any worse, can it?” And then it...

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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