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Cutting My Hair

Cutting My Hair

I sat in the hairdresser’s chair, elevated enough so that I could see my reflection in the mirror before me.  I asked her to take a photo from the back to show my long tresses, flowing in waves and soft curls almost down to my waist.  This was goin…
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Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb

There was a book written by Shirley MacLaine by that title, back in the 80’s – you may remember it if you’re old enough.  One of the first new age/spiritual books that I read, and it deeply touched me. As the name implies, she was writing about go…
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The Hawk and the Gopher

The Hawk and the Gopher

Last month, I led a spiritual retreat at an idyllic farm, tucked into a secluded valley in Half Moon Bay, California.  The focus of our day together was embodiment – being fully present, centered, grounded, and aware in our bodies and connec…
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You Are Not Limited to You

You Are Not Limited to You

Humans are a strange species.  We are, to my knowledge, the only species that attempts to live in insolation from other species.  We may collect in human groups – and we may have a few select “pets” – but by and large we don’t consider ourselves…
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Be in the Flow

Be in the Flow

The morning I wrote this post, I took a Tai Chi class. I find this practice challenging in a different way than I’m used to with yoga. Every time I have taken a class – only a handful of times – I try my best to “get” the movement of the energy and enjo…
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A New Legacy

A New Legacy

It’s Veteran’s day as I write this, a powerful day to reflect on. As we honor those who have served in the military to protect the United States, I’m drawn to look at my own family’s legacy from wars long gone by. There is a fair amount of history w…
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