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What You Need to Know Before Engaging in Group Rituals

In 2011, best selling author and motivational guru, James Arthur Ray, was convicted of felony negligent homicide after conducting a sweat lodge where three people died. Every year pilgrims to South America die in pursuit of healing. Unfortunately, with the rising demand for rituals, spirituality, and transformative experiences, this may become more common. These types […]

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Today I Lingered

Today I lingered. This is not my usual pace. I am focused, purposeful, and direct. My thoughts and actions are meaningful and targeted. Lingering isn’t part of my program. Lingering encourages seeing, feeling, and discovery. It is what children do. That makes me happy. During our spring retreat, we focused on giving a voice to […]

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I Went to Peru and Fell in Love

I went to Peru and fell in love. No, not with a person, but with life… and perhaps myself a bit. It happened so gradually that I didn’t even know it was happening until I got back home. Peru makes you slow down. You can’t hurry because of the altitude. There is not enough air […]

Have You Gone on an Ancestor Pilgrimage?

Spiritual travel is a big business now. Lots of people go to the pyramids, Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu, but have you gone on an ancestor pilgrimage? What’s that, you say? An ancestor pilgrimage is a journey to the land of your people to reconnect with them and to see yourself. It’s a way to reclaim […]

Spiritually Connecting During the Autumn Equinox

Twice a year, on the spring and autumn equinoxes, the day and night are the same length. In September, the sun’s long reign comes to an end and he is “conquered” by his partner, the moon. For the next three months, the nights will grow longer and stay longer than the day until the day […]

Is Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremony for You?

I just posted the next tour to Peru. Already people are asking about the optional San Pedro and ayahuasca ceremonies. It’s a good time to talk about is sacred plant medicine ceremony for you. In keeping with the seriousness and introspection that plant ceremonies require, this won’t be a check list type of article but […]

The Spirituality of Aging

I was at a family function recently when a child said to me with the typical unfiltered honesty that only a child can muster, “I don’t like your grey hair. It makes you look old.” Ooh, snap! I could have taken this as an opportunity to be hurt or offended or to teach him about […]

Life Takes Time. Let it Unfold.

In a world of instantaneous satisfaction, it can be hard to wait for things to ripen. Real life takes time. Let it unfold. We all have options. You can have a microwaved pizza ready to eat five minutes from the time you thought, “Hey, I’m hungry.” Or you can have a meal of real, healthy, […]

Atonement

When we are out of alignment with our nature and Nature itself, the way back is atonement. To atone is to bring back into harmony. It is an act to repent, show remorse, and repair a rift. It paves the way for forgiveness and reconciliation. When you are mindful and present, it’s easy to feel […]

Naked in a Masked World

Lots of people talk a good game about how authentic they are, but how many of us really dare to be naked in a masked world? How many of us have closets full of masks for every occasion? Most of us run for the mask at the first sign of danger. It’s comforting and gives […]