Archive for the ‘soul’ Category

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An early graduation present!

December 19, 2010

So in the midst of all the craziness of our lives… my husband was invited to San Francisco to give a talk. I was so worried it would interfere with my graduation… but everyone was accommodating. Thank you!

You see the last time I “walked” for one of my degrees was 1976!

I now have a BS, MS, MA and EdS and it is for this degree that I was willing to participate in a public ritual – not of my design!

And it was wonderful! Both the trip before and the experience of being hooded for this accomplishment.

Feeling so very grateful as we wax towards the winter solstice!

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Commencement!

December 18, 2010

Have I told you lately that I am content!?!?!?!? Ecstatic even????

Oh my goodness what a ride this last nearly four years has been… and now after having been caught in the undertow, the spin cycle, and the roller coaster – I am being catapulted out the other side…and I am here to tell you with absolute certainty and joy that it was worth every moment of suffering and difficulty and ecstasy and joy!

 

Have I mentioned lately how ab*soul*utley enchanted I am?

Well… I am!

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Solstice Blessings

June 21, 2009

My son introduced me to this wonderful artist… Look for his other recordings on youtube and his blog. The look of utter peace and joy on his face as he plays is so inspiring.

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Lost in translation

June 5, 2009

Recently, we have been talking about Rilke’s poem – You Darkness – and the various translations – and how metaphors translate from one language to another. I mentioned how much I love to hear David Whyte reading the poem in German – that even though I don’t understand German – there is something in the way he speaks – and knowing the intent of the poem – it feels deeply stirring to hear the words. Something like when mass was said in Latin – and it so so much easier for me to feel the presence of the Mystery in those beautiful expressions.

So this morning – in popped an announcement of a workshop that David is giving and the announcement linked to this review of his new book.

I have most of his books of poetry and a couple of his prose books – but where David really shines is when you listen to him talk – I have a video of him speaking at a Common Boundary gathering – and at times – I have needed him to remind me that “the world is holding its breath – waiting for you to fill the only place that you can fill.” That statement so aligns with my own beliefs about our soul gifts and how we live them out into the world.

There is so much wisdom in his audio recordings – I keep them in the car and listen as I go from place to place – The Poetry of Self Compassion, Sweet Darkness, The Echo in the Well, and Clear Mind, Wild Heart are the ones that I have listened to so far. There are certain phrases that stick in my mind, and echo through the day.

My days are better for having poets in the world.

My days are better for having David Whyte in the world.

My days are better.

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School of Seasons

September 4, 2008

Are you familiar with Waverly Fitzgerald’s work with the School of Seasons? I just embarked on her Autumn Correspondence course – perhaps you will join me? A few years back, I purchased her Candlemas Packet. It was filled with research and ideas and wisdom and activated all sorts of potentials for me. Based on that good feeling, I took the plunge and began this Autumn course. I just received my introductory packet. As I sit to read it – it feels like I am hearing someone speak my language. The language of my lineage.

It feels good to be intentional moving into the lengthening nights.

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Community Mediation Center

July 30, 2008

Monday I attended a marathon continuing education session to get recertified for J&DR mediation. In the training room there is a poster – and it is a whimsical illustration with these words from E. Paul Torrance. I wish someone had clued me in to this as a child. As a parent – I was slow to know this – but am making it up for it now.

Manifesto for Children
1) Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something & pursue it with intensity.
2) Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit, & enjoy your greatest strengths.
3) Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others and to walk away from the games they impose on you. 4) Find a great teacher or mentor who will help you.
5) Don’t waste energy trying to be well rounded.
6) Do what you love and can do well.
7) Learn the skill of interdependence.

In the last year – my focus has been #7.

Which one is least developed for you?

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Romancing my shadows

April 15, 2008

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

Rainier Maria Rilke

As I prepare to go see the Baba Yaga later this spring, I have been looking through some of my journals from a few years ago when I was actively amplifying fairy tales and working with the archetype of the Shadow. Sometimes when I find something I wrote a few years ago, I am pleasantly surprised at how meaningful it is to me now. Then I wonder why I learn something, only to forget, only to learn again… lather, rinse, repeat.

In my kinder moments, I tell myself, each lesson, relearned, is taken in at a deeper level.

From a distance, the pieces I write are wise, poignant, and meaningful Рbut when I am writing them, they often seem too  personal, rambling and disorganized, and in my harshest moments Рirrelevant to the greater world in which I live. Seems to be that I need some distance in my self-viewing.

Taking distance, I ask myself – OK – so what the hell am I projecting onto the Baba Yaga that I need to have reflected back to me so I can reel it in and claim its gold?

The answer will only come as we get closer…