Writing as Distraction

I had hoped that writing could be a distraction from missing my daughter. If wishes were fishes! “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride, If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side. If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans There would be no need for tinker’s hands!” So I tinker. I find, as all writers do, that writing takes us into our lives, our stories. Writing explores our possibilities, where we can become “intelligent tinkerers.” We tinker with an idea or an experience until something fruitful results. But we must not give up on our tinkering . … Continue reading

The Best Poem Ever

After I am done writing this blog, I am going to go write the best poem ever, turn a few frogs into princesses and finish my novel. You? Open writing day at my home and retreat center this coming Tuesday September 16th, (free and open) join us!  If you want instruction and guidance from me sign up for my retreat in January: World into Word: A full day Writing Retreat. Write that short story, blog, article or book based on your personal life experiences and knowledge. This is for the fiction and non-fiction writer. Write from where you are. Turn your world into … Continue reading

Poetic Impulses and Finding Your Intuitive Muse

“Finding what we already possess may seem like a strange goal for a spiritual path. Yet the process of finding may provide us more joy than if the universe delivered all its secrets to us without any effort on our part.”   — Neil Douglas Klotz, the Sufi Book of Life, p. 265  What impulses lie beneath the routines of the day? Hidden from view but there?  A desire to write a poem, make a quilt, contact a friend, start that story, or visit that sacred place arises as a poetic impulse and along with her is your intuitive muse.  Follow … Continue reading

The Gift You Were Born With

A Spiritual Journaling Process for Writer’s, Artists and Spiritual Travelers. The Gift You Were Born With – – Spiritual Journaling and Living the Fully Engaged and Intuitive Life. “Every human being is born with some sort of gift, an inclination or an instinct that can become a full-blown mastery.”  Parker Palmer,  from The Active Life. For the next six months my BLOG will be on Spiritual Journaling and intuitive development where you will engage the active life through the power of your intuition to create and manifest what is inherently yours. Join me as we open up more to our … Continue reading

Eight Principles of Vibrant Health and the Four Reminders

We are coming to a close of our five-month journey of spiritual journaling our way to health and weight loss. We have come to find together that a more natural state of physical health is dependent on our state of mind, and our willingness to push through some habitual states. It isn’t really about the weight loss of pounds but that which weighs us down – – negative states, inactivity, habitual behaviors, obsession with our bodies, judgment of our bodies, fear and resistance. It is ultimately pushing through the weight of these that lightens up our mind, soul and body. … Continue reading

In Search of a Greener Truth

 Wisconsin offers a diverse bounty of spiritual and psychological resources for the taking. In one’s search for wholeness and well-being there are many potential pitfalls along with numerous green possibilities.  Many of us go in search of spiritual and psychological services to either awaken our potential or to get personal freedom from what binds us, while others, hope to reach a state of enlightenment or nirvana. Interestingly, a literal translation of  ‘nirvana’ is ‘cessation.’ We reach nirvana when we cease the search for spiritual and psychological wellbeing because we have obtained it. Ultimately our search ends the great illusion that … Continue reading

Come as You Are

Come as you are. Walk the  Thundering Cloud’s wild prairie spiral now in full bloom. Waiting for you, sunrise to dusk. Walk the ancient spiral and visit with the natural world. Open free to the public, 5:30 am to 7:00 pm,  August 8th to August 15th.   “You don’t need tickets To listen to crickets.”  Douglas Florian, children’s author Take your prayers and intentions into the spiral and open up to the wisdom that is everywhere. Or simply come and listen as you move through the wild flowers and grasses.  “Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.”  … Continue reading

Natural Rhythms: Your Personal Timing

All through our lives we have been expected to function according to other people’s timing. You have to show up at work at a scheduled times, are expected to attend college, have children, get married and eat dinner all at given times in one’s life. There seems to be a “right” time for everything-when you should start dating, to when you should retire. Although there is a natural timing for everything in nature, human beings have lost touch with this natural timing. Our culture really interferes with our own natural and personal rhythms – advertisements, popular television shows and movies, … Continue reading

Knowing What You Truly Want Diet

Consider this week an exploration into what makes you truly happy. During the day practice taking a nice deep breath into your belly and asking yourself, “What am I thinking right now?” “What am I feeling right now?” And, “What do I want?” Imagine giving yourself space for these questions. Don’t put effort into answering these questions. Rather, give real breath and space to the questions. You may find an answer comes quickly and naturally. You may notice that what you want is not matching with what you actually give yourself. Just take time to notice whatever comes up for … Continue reading