Joanna Macy, Rilke and Me

During the last two weeks, I’ve been listening repeatedly to an interview with Joanna Macy that Krista Tippett recorded for her radio show Being.  The topic, A Wild Love for the World, has me captivated. I am soothed by the sound of Joanna’s voice – the wisdom in and beyond her words that emanates from her being, the lightheartedness […]

When the Heart Aches

In my last blog, Revolution, I explored the ways in which taking action aligned with our deepest knowing can often lead to a sense of ease and satisfaction.  Yet there are also times when knowing what is mine to do leads to a sense of heartache or unrest. It’s no less the next right thing, it […]

Revolution

I just returned from serving as the lead organizer at a nine-day Nonviolent Communication (NVC) International Intensive Training (IIT).  Each morning the entire group (59 people) gathered for a “Remembering” – an opportunity to remember the purpose of NVC. One morning, a participant shared this excerpt from When I Die by Nikki Giovanni: and if […]

Ritual Creates Relationship

One of the first days of the CWL retreat (see previous blog post for details), Nina & Toby (the facilitators) offered some wisdom passed along to them from a shamanic teacher/guide: Consciousness creates matter. Language creates reality. Ritual creates relationship. When they presented this to us, I immediately resonated with these ideas; the first two […]

Transforming Old Patterns Leads to Aligned Action!

I have been exploring three books simultaneously: The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth, and The Gene Keys by Richard Rudd. For several years I’ve been working with Marshall Rosenberg’s teachings of  Nonviolent Communication (NVC) – that we all have universal needs and that all behavior (yep, even the […]