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Presence, Resilience, and the South Gate Meadow

Presence, Resilience, and the South Gate Meadow

A challenging hike (for me, that day!) to a pristine alpine meadow teaches me the power of presence, trust, and reveals my inner resilience. The whole day was in front of us, and we decided to take a hike that I hadn’t been on in over 20 years. I barely even...

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The Saint Syndrome

The Saint Syndrome

Excerpted from  the chapter “Perfectionism” in Rev. Connie’s Book, Awakening from Anxiety: A Spiritual Guide to Living a More Calm, Confident, and Courageous Life One of the attractive qualities of the spiritual pa…
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OK with Whatever

OK with Whatever

Several years ago, I began to study with a teacher named Leslie Temple-Thurston of CoreLight. She had a funny teaching that has become a big part of my life: OK with Whatever. The Lesson of Mercury Retrograde I hadn’t realized how much impact…
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The Freedom of Not-Knowing

The Freedom of Not-Knowing

Many of us, myself included, like to be in control; knowing what will happen or understanding a situation makes us feel more in command of our lives. But I’ve come to appreciate the freedom and ease of not-knowing. Let’s face it. We may be able to schedule our...

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Decluttering Your Soul

Decluttering Your Soul

A bit of Marie Kondo-style decluttering – in my home, and in my soul – was what I needed to shift out of a bad mood and back into enthusiasm and joy. Here’s how I did it. Today, I woke up in an unmotivated, depressed, dour funk. A complete surprise. I dragged myself...

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Spiritual Warriors – from the Golden State!

Spiritual Warriors – from the Golden State!

The NBA finals are here, and they’re providing some fuel for my spiritual awakening – from the Golden State Warriors! Yes, I’m a fan and that’s a photo of me and my family at a game with the famous Kevin Durant – well, you know, the cardboard vers…
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