My Mother’s Legacy

You who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by. And so become yourself . . .   – Graham Nash My relationship with my mom has been one of the most rewarding, and at times, challenging of my life . . . My mother, Leslie Temple-Thurston, in her book The Marriage of Spirit, refers …

The Essence of Boundaries

Human relationships of true intimacy are founded on the vital trust in the other to achieve the completion of the Self. – Edward E. Sampson Our primary relationship is with our authentic Self . . . every other relationship follows from there . . . In order to get our needs met, we must invite a variety of relationships into …

Overstaying Our Welcome

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela When we think of what we want most in life, getting stuck is probably not on the list . . . We all understand the dissatisfaction we feel when our lives aren’t …

The Spiritual Wisdom of Outlander

Then I was flying down the hill, with Jamie just before me, arms flung wide, the two of us flying together on that same wind. – Diana Gabaldon I hardly have time for novels, but like countless others, I got swept into Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series… I picked up the first book of eight on vacation in Scottsdale about six years ago. Given …

Barriers to Love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi Why would we build barriers to love? The first time I read Rumi’s quote above, understanding it was almost beyond my emotional intelligence. It seemed so counter-intuitive. Aren’t we all just open receptacles to …

Beloved Mother Earth

Oh my soul, find peace in the stillness. In the dark silhouette of tree on sky, mountain on the fire in the clouds, find the calm you are choking for. – Tyler Knott Gregson Dear Mother Earth, I’m at your mercy with great love and sorrow! The tumultuous nature of your dynamic adjustments, as you move towards alignment in the …

Renewing Democracy

We never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. – Buckminster Fuller How many new Independents will the current political climate generate? I’m asking this question because I think the answer is the beginning of a new political movement that’s about the priorities of people over power. …

Subtly Marginalized Child

When you are dealing with a child, keep all your wits about you, and sit on the floor. – Austin O’Malley Are you the lucky parent of an easy-going, sensitive child? Your child may be the most marginalized of all… Easy-going, sensitive children have a way of internalizing their angst to their detriment. We all know the kids that lash …

Technologically Teenagers

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. – Jiddu Krishnamurti Imagine you’re 16-years-old and handed keys to a Ferrari… At a time when one’s maturity and skill set dictates driving a large box on wheels with padded bumpers, you’re given the option of a highly engineered, sleek vehicle that reaches maximum speeds …

Ritualizing Pleasure

It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most: it’s making a great deal out of the little ones. – Jean Webster It’s interesting to notice how a day can start off with a particular trajectory and then so completely transform given one’s attention and energy. When the day started, I was grateful to feel just well enough to …