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April 2015

CELESTE

Lethargic-ferret

Mindfulness. Meditation. Morning routines and a lethargic ferret.

Celeste was a ferret ... and one of my most important teachers.

When I first began to acknowledge my budding spiritual nature, I learned meditation. Or rather, I began a regular meditation practice. It's called a "practice" for a reason ...

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FORGIVENESS

Forgive Flowers

We’ve all heard how important it is to forgive…but who? And what? And how?? 

One of the most helpful things anyone ever told me is that “you can forgive the person … if not the act.” In other words, seeing the one who hurt me as their most human and vulnerable self gives me a way to connect with my heart instead of staying contracted in my thoughts. While WHAT they did might have been terrible, this gives me a way to see that they were acting out of fear. (Granted, it doesn’t ALWAYS work …but at least it gives me a way in.)

As a songwriter, my thoughts are often interrupted by my muse, nudging me in a particular direction. Some years ago, these words came to me, easily and all at once:

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LARRY THE LIZARD

Lizard-larry

While on my morning walk, I asked the universe for a gift. I don’t often do that ... but I was feeling like I could use a wink from Spirit. As I walked, I scanned the area for gifts – a heart-shaped leaf or a shiny penny, a marble – items I’ve found there before. Nothing. OK ... I understand that sometimes it doesn’t come immediately. I smiled anyway and headed home.

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A BLOG IS BORN

Is there a better day to launch a blog than on this Super New Moon - Solar Eclipse - Spring Equinox? I don't think so! Especially since it all came together COINCIDENTALLY today. Oh, how I love synchronicity. And unseen support. And support I can see.  

But wait. In my excitement, I'm getting ahead of myself. For those of you who know me, you know how that can happen... For those of you who are new to my work, you'll soon see that I share what interests me with joy. In fact, I'm called a Joy Maker, a title I once resisted but now embrace whole-heartedly. Welcome to my world.

Fortunately for all of us, I am not alone in this world. I have a great team working with me to make sure I look good and sound good. Patrick J. Murphy, artist, co-creator and husband extraordinaire will add his magical visuals and more to this blog. And Dalene Entenmann, friend, writer and earth angel, will blog right along with me, sharing her insights and research, and her very wonderful sense of the world. Now you know what I mean about support I can see!

You'll find all kinds of things here - observations about life in general and mine in particular; songs for the journey; stories to inspire; tidbits to uplift. Oh yes ... and just about anything else that seems worth sharing.

So welcome. Let the Super New Moon begin!