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The Center of Our Longing

The darkness can be deep.  I lie in bed at the end of the day, one hand on my heart and the other on my solar plexus, feeling into the jumble of sensation longing for attention.  My mind is meaninglessly … Continue reading

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Leadership & Crows

I headed up the broad, sandy trail in the shadow of the fire-barren hills, past the sign warning hikers to proceed at their own risk.  The mom with the little girl being silly in the bathroom said they could handle … Continue reading

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Out of the Silence

My third day in the hostel in Santa Cruz, CA changed the way I see surfers. Tim, a surf instructor from Cape Town, South Africa demonstrated in the communal kitchen how one stands on the board, shifting slightly forward and … Continue reading

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Accepting the Call

I sat transfixed by the intense way the middle performer was clapping; his eyes focused somewhere beyond and deep within; his palms sending almost visible shock waves through the room, everything seeming to jump slightly with each punctuated collision.  Gringo … Continue reading

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Enter the Dragon

I was deep in visualization – facing him cross-legged, my palms lying upturned on his.  The familiar legion appeared dark, silhouetted in turquoise with ribbons of deep blue and flecks of magenta.  He said people often saw those colors inside … Continue reading

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We Only Fear When We Forget

I was sitting at the edge of the waterfall.  Small children in life jackets were tossing themselves off the 20-foot drop into the pool below.  I saw their faces shift from trepidation to liberation as their bodies took flight in … Continue reading

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Sacred Suffering

We were sitting together under the canopy.  Her silks fluttered in the warm afternoon breeze, her blue eye shadow bright and the scent of lavender rising from her.  She was explaining to me with a grounded urgency how complex she … Continue reading

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Allowing Love

For summer solstice, our community gathered on the lawn inside a broad ring of wild flowers with a fire pit in the center, singing and smudging and burning our limitations.  We each called in our deities and guides and ancestors, … Continue reading

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Open Palm

When I was 21 and living in Glasgow, I met a young British South African attorney at an internet café.  Drew was bright, poised, and handsome, but with his stiffness and my sensitivity, we were both having trouble making friends … Continue reading

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Stepping Aside

I invited her to let go of her body, to search the darkness inside herself in the way one who is blindfolded would sort through a pile of dried beans – feeling the shapes she encountered with the fingers of … Continue reading

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