A Raven Beginning

As I walked along the park path, a giant, blackbird flew overhead. I have seen these hawk-sized creatures in another neighborhood park without the slightest clue as to what they were.

The bird landed on the roof peering over the park. A Mockingbird quickly flew to his side, flitting about playfully with a rambunctious spirit. I see Mockingbirds nearly every visit to the park, so I pondered the relationship to the blackbird. I had a hunch that this bird is not a crow given its gargantuan size.

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How to Find Joy Through Suffering

One of my favorite Buddhist teachings on the lotus flower reminds me that we must lean into our pain and suffering.

Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness.

-Thich Nhat Hanh, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering

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The Alchemy of True Living

The only thing we can be certain of is change. In fact, change is the only constant in life.

After experiencing a grave change yesterday that I wish had been a cruel dream, I found this Rumi quote in my favorite book, Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser.

Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.

-Rumi

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Finding Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a tricky thing. But left untouched it will pervade our very existence with the low vibration caused by such hurt or pain.

Waiting for the perpetrator to apologize or even acknowledge their responsibility is handing them the key to our wellbeing as if it’s their right to affect us adversely.

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How to Trust in Miracles

What are you afraid of?
 What are you truly fearful of that holds you back?

As I have consciously become aware of the insidious role of fear in my life, my ability to face and then eliminate those limited sets of beliefs has grown tremendously.

But when setting fear aside, faith must enter in the void that our limiting thoughts pervade our minds. Faith may be my single favorite topic to teach on simply because it is the precursor to each and every miracle in my life.

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Building a Solid Spiritual Foundation

As I approached a tree that I have passed endless times before, a whisper called to me saying, “Sit and stay awhile.” The dogs were happily chewing away on grass, so I sat upon the cement bed that encircled the base of the tree.

This tree has caught my intrigue in the past, but I never stopped long enough to ponder the cause behind this intrigue until a few weeks ago; I noticed that the embankment that encircles the tree has been cracked by the power of the tree’s roots. This wondrous force of nature to break through cement in order to expand its roots is actually a perfect metaphor for spiritual truth.

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My Backwards Journey to Finding Self Love

My search for love last year inadvertently sent me on a mission to turn my search inward to discover my own self. It allowed me to return to love, because I have come to understand that we cannot truly love others in the way they deserve to be loved until we fully love ourselves.

My journey to find love truly became a journey to find myself, and the love I held in my heart all along. By choosing to give my heart to others and find that sense of love and worth through them, I was robbing myself of the Divine gift of self love (and simultaneously removing the chance for my beloved to be truly loved unconditionally).

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How I Found My Sacred Song

My spiritual awakening has quite literally taken flight the past three weeks. Birds have been interacting with me to the degree that I know something significant is transpiring; somehow they are here to deliver messages, but what?

I struggled as to what the meaning might be, but as I often do, I chose to surrender this to Spirit by asking for the answers to be revealed to me. And then I put it out of my mind and let go.

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Let Your Seeds Bloom

I have been in tizzy of turmoil the past few weeks as I pulled back on my reigns and halted my full-steam plans to reflect and reevaluate. I do not believe in coincidences, and I am certain that the timing of Mercury Retrograde (and four others) was Divinely timed in order for me to slow my perfectionistic roll and surrender to what was moving through me and around me.

I discovered if I eased into the very tumultuous energy by surrendering with grace, this time could work in my favor, if only I let go. The art of letting go is one I am still trying on for size as my nature is to hold tightly to control. But as fate would have it, I discovered I was approaching my Ego and need to hold on all wrong. I have started to embrace my heart in a way that allows it to lead the way I live through decisions, thoughts, feelings and actions, but that what truly shook me awake is the notion of embracing fear.

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Make Friends With Fear

As my journey continues to take me further off into the unknown, I have grappled with fear. We all deal with fear.

Without conscious practice and acknowledgement, fear can derail us from following our heart.

My spiritual awakening is paying off as I learn to work with fear rather than bury it (or worse—ignore it altogether).

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