STOP and LIVE

My dear friend Melinda who we recently held fundraisers for has been given days to weeks to live. While this is heartbreaking and feels tragic to me, it is balanced by our recent time together on a walk to a Redwood grove hidden in the midst of Orange County. After months of enduring […]

Wide open arms of love

Just when we think we ‘have things (somewhat) figured out” children fortunately continue to teach us. Sabriel, my youngest, has given me many mothering moments where I have felt relaxed and experienced AND he has also challenged me immensely to keep growing. In his sensitivity and extreme sense of dignity and self-respect, he does not […]

Reclaiming Wholeness- an essay on my personal journey

 

Recently I wrote this autobiographical essay on the power nature connection and conscious mothering have had in my life, and why I do what I do…

I recall very few moments of my young life, except those steeped in what is wild. After the madness of my mother’s descent into mental illness, I was […]

The God All Around Us

A guiding premise of my work is that we do not need to look to others for happiness and contentment.

the world wants us to dance into it

We may need guidance to help us come back to center and the richness within, but the truth about what is loving for us resides within […]

Letting Go of Guilt is Loving

Did you know that guilt is not a real emotion? I know this may sound incomprehensible because that feeling of guilt can be so palpable on an inner level as well as, felt from another that is ‘guilt tripping’ you.

Yet, guilt is not a core, authentic emotion that arises naturally. […]

Shark! How understanding brain biology helps us heal

So much changes when we understand what happens in the brain when we are overwhelmed, stressed, and triggered. This summer, while swimming in the warm, gentle waves of Maui’s Kamaole Beach, I came to a stretch where there were no swimmers ahead of me. Instantly the thought raced through my mind, “Oh no, there […]

Healing the Hurts of Our Past

Because we are in Maui, three hours behind on the mainland, we indulged my daughter’s request to ‘stay up until the time I was born!” Nine years ago, at 12:15am, our little Maya burst her into watery tub and my arms taking my breath away with her dark hair, ancient features and powerful essence. This […]

Breathing in, Breathing Out

Thanks to Evan Brown, Earthroots wise man that I adore, we found ourselves at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA last week for their annual family camp. I was astounded to find a community (led by the beautiful Thich Nhat Hanh) whose core values expressed in the Five Mindfulness trainings, essentially match my own.

Tucked […]

A Missing Key to harnessing The Power to Create Your Reality

“You have the power to create your own reality” is a phrase I have heard often…and often because I grew up with people who were oppressed by very real things in life, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, POVERTY, mental illness, neglect….I have often rejected this idea. It felt too similar to the victim blaming […]

Real Love is Messy sometimes

It was messy….

Although the afternoon began well, with my daughter giving me the sweetest Valentine’s card ever…melting and opening my heart…

a few very small conventional candies later (that I allowed from the bag of way too much sugar brought home), both of my children were exhibiting the very real emotional/behavioral consequences of processed […]

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