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The Beauty of All People

By | 2017-06-26T21:14:39+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Daily Living|

  I will confess: I’m a talker.  I love to tell stories, share information, and connect with others through the spoken word.  I like how understanding sparks within them and within me, creating a moment of shared awareness.  My stories I tell are neither fiction or non-fiction, rather whispers of the heart and murmurs of [...]

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Serenity Beyond Fear

By | 2017-07-12T17:30:25+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Daily Living|

  Inner preparation is necessary as the failing model of patriarchal, authoritarian dominance gives way to a new vision of integration and awareness within the best of who we are and can become. Scarcity is a myth perpetuated to allow fear to dominate our world and, more importantly, generate fear within ourselves and of one [...]

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Trail Guides

By | 2017-07-12T20:51:50+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Daily Living|

  East of Portland, where I live, beyond the conifer and deciduous forests which bestow their presence on both sides of the Columbia Gorge of Oregon and Washington are the buttes and cliffs and hills adorned simply in grass and wildflower and oak at creek side. No majestic fir or ever-present salal. A solitary beauty [...]

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Losing Self: Challenges on My Spiritual Journey

By | 2017-06-12T11:47:42+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Daily Living, Spiritual Practice|

  In my church, growing up, we often sang a lovely song with these lyrics: When I?m on my journey There is no one there but me. At the time, I was a little puzzled because I didn?t feel alone, yet I sang the song often, and still do, because I like the tune and [...]

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Living with Uncertainty

By | 2017-06-12T11:47:58+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Daily Living|

  Slogging through the forest is sometimes just more than can be tolerated.? Trees and bushes obscuring the way, blocking the view not only of the path but the intended goal.? Not seeing the goal pulls up questions which poke and prod uncomfortably.? Am I on the right trail?? Am I heading in the right [...]

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Opportunity of the Unexpected

By | 2017-03-23T11:24:53+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Daily Living|

How often do you get angry with yourself because your life isn't what you expected? How do you feel in that moment? Give yourself a break! When the unexpected shows up, it's not about failure! The unexpected is always about opportunity. No need to get angry at yourself -- step away, step out, step up! [...]

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The Threshold of Liminal Awareness

By | 2017-07-27T17:58:38+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Daily Living|

Limen, from Latin: threshold   Liminal. At the threshold. In the space between being and becoming. Moving past what is, not quite to what will be. In the Liminal, there is all and there is nothing. All possibility, no creation, not yet. In the Liminal, there are no rules, standards, or expectations. Absent are requirements, [...]

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The Pain of Abandonment

By | 2017-06-12T11:49:14+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Daily Living|

    Abandonment is the energetic response to feeling emotionally and/or physically left.? The paradox is that abandonment usually comes because honest energy flow never truly showed up in the relationship and the absence of honesty was never challenged.? The feeling of being abandoned is more a result of a string of actions rather than [...]

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Hiking and Psalm 23

By | 2017-06-12T11:49:27+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Cheryl Marlene, Daily Living|

When I learned to read at 6 years old, my proud grandparents celebrated my newly acquired skill by giving me my very own red leather Bible. A Christmas gift offered with a reverence and a respect that I had already learned from both of them. They were so delighted with me and their offering brought me into a circle of knowledge and spiritual connection that they had both known their entire lives. I treasured this gift, willingly shared from the depths of their hearts.

Human Nature – Exploratory #2

By | 2017-06-12T11:49:39+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Daily Living|

Cross human nature with Mother Nature and the depth of experience is intensified. ?When I touch the earth, the deep soul of her reaches into my body filling my cells, illuminating my being. ?When I breathe the forest or feel the ocean's mist, connection is established which reflects to me my entire experience of stepping [...]

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