Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self on Our Birthday

I finally know the difference between pleasing and loving, obeying and respecting. It has taken me so many years to be okay with being different, and with being this alive, this intense. – Eve Ensler   My beloved Lis, I barely know where to begin, as the next three decades of your life are going to hold infinite joy, wonder, laughter, …

Spiritual Pollution

If our ego can see itself as another might, then action can be monitored and vital cooperation can result. – Edward E. Sampson We understand what it means to pollute our air or our water, but what most of us don’t realize is that our ego creates a form of spiritual pollution. We’re projecting our egoic attachments into the world, in …

The Responsibility of Affluence

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. – Aristotle Indigenous cultures worldwide understand that for anyone to thrive, everyone must thrive. It’s a consequence of patriarchy that we have forgotten how we’re all interconnected and interdependent. Patriarchy is a system that maximizes hierarchy and minimizes empathy. This reality has …

Initiating Intuition

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.    – Albert Einstein The more rapid-fire change we face, the more essential it is to get smarter about the way we are smart . . . In Western culture, we …

Embracing the Inner Groundhog

I’m not going to live by their rules anymore. – Phil Connors (Bill Murray in Groundhog Day) I was born on February 2nd . . . In my native South Africa, this is just another summer day. But in my adopted country, my birthday is associated with the beloved tradition of Groundhog Day. For those who don’t know, there’s a …

The Power of Intention

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson A new year rolls around and we find ourselves looking back, assessing, and then turning our attention towards setting resolutions . . . And in the weeks and months that follow, we do our best to accomplish those …

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 …

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. …

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 …