Curiosity and the Sacred No

Hello Beautiful Being! First of all, I want to welcome all the new people who have recently joined this growing community. Whether you came as a result of MOJO or because Amy Ahlers shared my LOTUS Wisdom ebook with you or because you saw one of my posts on Facebook, it warms my heart to have you here and I’m grateful that you said YES when you did. It has finally stopped raining here in Northern California and I feel myself slowly emerging from the cocoon I retreat to during the quiet dark of winter. As many of you know, after almost two years without another beating heart in my house, I brought two kittens home in late October. Having sisters Ginger and Molly around this winter has been a joy. They make me laugh out loud as they go crazy chasing their own tails (and each others), swatting at their own reflections in the mirror and playing soccer with anything they can find! Most of all, though, I love watching how curious kittens are about everything. From the washing machine to the toilet to the rain falling outside, they check out everything. The other day Molly (the one in the photo) even crawled inside the dishwasher! What if… we got curious the way young children and kittens do? What if… instead of reacting to our feelings, we got curious instead? What if… we followed the “why” thread to the source of our feelings and then RESPONDED to the situation instead of reacting? Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. I hate to disappoint other people. So more often than not,...

You Are Unique

As many of you already know, I became a grandmother for the first time in December when my son’s fiancé gave birth to Allie Michelle. I spent the Christmas holiday cocooned in newborn love and wonder with the three of them in Washington state. It was the best Christmas present ever!   Outside, the world was still spinning, but inside, there was only the baby and this deep sense of gratitude and awe. Gratitude that mom and baby are healthy, that dad has time off of work to enjoy his first-born, that Grandma from California could be there to experience the joy. Gratitude that for the first time in years, my son and I were together without a single fight.    Being in the presence of a newborn is awe-inspiring. Here is this little human being who until recently was safely ensconced in her mama’s womb.     Everything about her is perfect. Tiny fingers with perfectly formed fingernails. Tiny little mouth, eyes, ears, nose. Working heart and lungs and the ability to communicate without words.   It’s a miracle. This perfection. Yes? YES.     So what happens when we “grow up?”   Why don’t we see that perfection every time we look in the mirror or at another human being? What happens to our sense of wonder?     The simple answer is that we forget.      We forget that each of us is a UNIQUE EXPRESSION of the same creative life force that brings us snowflakes and the leaves on an oak tree. That same life force that we see in nature or a newborn...

LOTUS Wisdom, A Path to the Present.

Dear One, I am so honored that you chose to explore how to UNLOCK THE WISDOM OF YOUR HEART using the LOTUS™ Wisdom practice. I hope that this powerful and simple practice serves you well. Don’t forget that you can download your very own LOTUS Wisdom meditation HERE and let me guide you through the process. This can be particularly helpful if you are new to this kind of practice. Have you tried LOTUS Wisdom yet? If not, perhaps today is the day you give this gift to yourself. If so, what are you noticing? I would love to hear how it’s going? Please share your experience below. Before you keep reading, pause for a minute and bring yourself into this moment. Let the rest of life go for a few breaths. Be. Here. Now. Inhale. Exhale. Feel yourself IN THIS MOMENT. Ahhhhh. Welcome home. Like conscious breathing, LOTUS Wisdom is a kind of mindfulness practice. “What is mindfulness?” you ask? Well, there are probably as many definitions of mindfulness as there are people who practice it. For some, mindfulness is a meditation practice they do on a cushion with their legs crossed, often at the crack of dawn. (I’ve never been very good at doing anything at the crack of dawn lol) For me, mindfulness is a way of life, something I PRACTICE all day, every day. (NOTE that I said “practice.” That means sometimes I’m successful, others time, not so much). Think of it this way… We can only breathe for the moment we are in. In the same way, we can only be fully present in the moment...

Message from Hawaii….

Aloha beautiful beings of light. I am sitting poolside in a beautiful mountain home overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the big island of Hawaii. Rain patters on the pool. A warm breeze blows gently through my hair. A multitude of birds are singing their unique songs and enjoying a morning bird bath. (I wonder if birds call what I did earlier this morning a human bath?! lol). I am overflowing with gratitude for everything that has happened these last many years that have brought me to this place. Hard to believe that I am working. Yes, you read that right. I am working. “How could that be?” you say. Well, that’s why I am feeling so blessed. For years I spent my life striving and living on the endless wheel of other people’s needs and expectations. I was successful.  I made good money. I owned my own home. Provided for my family. But work was my “finance committee.” Not my “life committee.” Work fed my life. It didn’t feed me. My experience is not unusual. When I suffered a head injury, I could have given up and never worked again. But that isn’t who I am. I didn’t want to walk away from life. Wasn’t ready to leave un-given all the gifts I’ve received throughout my life. I had medicine to give and wanted to give it. (You do, too. We all do.) So I started consciously listening to what my heart wanted. And paid careful attention to the answers. I practiced living in alignment with my own intuition. Consistently. About “big things” and “small things.’ The more I...

Standing in the Circle of Love

  Are you scared of love? I am. I’m scared of being vulnerable, scared to ask for what I need (much less what I want), scared of being rejected or found unworthy. I suspect that most of us feel this way more often than we admit. I also suspect that most of us have learned to be scared and love anyway.   Being scared and doing it anyway is the definition of courage. When we are sick or hurt or struggling, it can be especially hard to RECEIVE all the love that comes our way even though it’s what we need the most. So I wrote a song about standing in the center of the circle of love for a dear friend who had just been diagnosed with non-smoker’s lung cancer and was blown away by all the love and support coming her way. I wanted to remind her that she was doing a remarkable job receiving and to encourage her to keep going. Little did I know that it would do the same for me. Last Tuesday I was in another car accident. I’m ok, tho pretty battered and bruised, mostly from the airbag, which did its job really well – that’s the good news and the bad news. Being on the receiving end of an airbag when it deploys is like being on the wrong end of a battering ram. Way better than the alternative though, that’s for sure! So I’ve had lots of opportunities in the last week to stand in the center of my own love circle and exercise my own courage muscles. I’ve received incredible...

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