People Pleasing: Doubting What We Know

A few months ago I wrote a blog entitled Putting Yourself at the Center which talked about the spiritual underpinnings of making choices in our daily lives that include our needs as well as the needs of others. I have been living and teaching these tenets for years, yet the tendency to put other people at […]

7 Tips for Navigating Conflict in Intimate Relationships

I get suspicious of couples who say they never have conflict; that everything is always hunky dory.  The truth as I know it? Couples have conflicts.  More specifically, when the level of commitment increases in any relationship (intimate partnerships, friendships, even promotions at work), so does the level of conflict.  It’s often temporary, but it’s […]

Inch by Inch

I woke up this morning humming part of  The Garden Song by David Mallett – the closing song at Betsy’s memorial service.  The song describes how by taking small steps, mulching, weeding, etc., we can make our gardens fertile ground. Betsy, my mother-in-law, was deeply connected to nature.  An avid gardener and bird-watcher, she tended […]

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 […]