Trust your pen

I have to share a beautiful experience that speaks to the power of the pen to tap into something deeper and older than we can explain. This morning I was reading The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler. I won't go into all the emotions this book arouses in me but I cannot emphasize … Continue reading Trust your pen

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Natural Wisdom – in verse

These poems were written by a participant in one of my recent workshops, Natural Wisdom: Writing as Spiritual Voice. They are Alphapoems written in response to prompts while listening to sounds from nature. As you will read, not all are directly related to nature, but this is an example of the wonder and power of … Continue reading Natural Wisdom – in verse

Resume the Stability of Tension

This is a post from a couple of years ago. I am re-posting it because this phrase - Resume the Stability of Tension - keeps popping back into my mind lately. Although I am in a completely different life situation now (I left my job very soon after this post and started grad school a … Continue reading Resume the Stability of Tension

Trust the Process, pt. 8: I Am Matter

"Are those really concepts? Aren't they aspects of a woman's life?" (Referring to the Triple Goddess: Maiden, Mother, Crone) "What it means to be a woman? Don't you mean what it IS to be a woman?" "Don't YOU matter?" ... "Yes, I do matter. I matter. I AM matter." And so go conversations at Goddard … Continue reading Trust the Process, pt. 8: I Am Matter

It is connections that heal

Since I began grad school last August I have been particularly awe-struck by the twins, Synchronicity and Serendipity. Connections everywhere! Seemingly unrelated events, conversations, books, memories, people have suddenly fallen together like perfectly synchronized cogs. My life paths and how they have led to where I am and what I am doing today is the … Continue reading It is connections that heal

Trust the process, pt 7 (Everything is connected, 2)

In my Yoga 'n' Write class this week I talked of the need for balance between our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. We wrote about where we were at this moment in each of these areas and where we want to be.* Our yoga teacher told us about the Sheaths: Physical Body, Mental Body, … Continue reading Trust the process, pt 7 (Everything is connected, 2)

The power of voice

I have long known the power of song. Whether sitting in the audience or on the risers myself, it is a rare time that the tears don't immediately spring to my eyes at the first note. I am usually blubbering by beat three, tissues whipped out and sniffling muffled. OK, I exaggerate (slightly). What I … Continue reading The power of voice

Trust the process, pt 5 (Everything is connected, 1)

Back in May I wrote in this post, Steppingstones to a new life, about how different paths of my life had suddenly come together at juncture, namely, grad school. I was shocked and gob-smacked how the Universe, Serendipity and Synchronicity got together presented me with this and amazing and timely opportunity. But these three tricksters … Continue reading Trust the process, pt 5 (Everything is connected, 1)

Trust the process, part 4 (The Crash)

In the middle of the week of my MA residency at Goddard College I attended a workshop named "Wild Research" with Ellie Epp. The description sounded fascinating: "Move only along the line of your love." Stan Brakhage Transdisciplinary work is thrilling, like travel without a map. Working across disciplinary lines also is nerve-wracking: we parachute … Continue reading Trust the process, part 4 (The Crash)

Trust the Process, pt 3 (The Question)

The mantra at Goddard College is "Trust the process." Every day one or more faculty advisors included in their discussion, "... and, well, trust the process. It works." With no syllabus or course curriculum most of us newbies, those who had been educated in a strictly outlined, non-critically-thinking fashion (oh, that would be all of … Continue reading Trust the Process, pt 3 (The Question)