From the mouths of babes

From my 9 year old grandson Brooke’s: If you win at something in sports or life take time to be grateful and acknowledge it !

From my 8 year old granddaughter Elly: Start by being thankful for the simple things, your family, the air, the water, someone supporting and caring for you.

“Blessings on your journey”


Spiritual growth can take place anywhere, if you are open and ready to learn and receive.

Many spiritual seekers feel called to far-flung places across the globe in the interest of pursuing the path of their enlightenment. This may indeed be the right course of action for certain people, but it is by no means necessary to attaining an enlightened consciousness. Enlightenment can take root anywhere on earth, as long as the seeker is an open and ready vessel for higher consciousness. All we need is a powerful intention, and a willingness to do the work necessary to moving forward on our path.

From my friend madisyn

”Blessings on your journey “

Honoring ones wishes

In the world of funerals and end of life issues I often hear families saying they want to “honor” the wishes of the deceased.  Often, those wishes are very limited because they just relate to the handling of the body, buried, cremated etc.  They also might be limited because there had been little if any discussion about these end of life plans.

“Honoring” is a very important and significant part of end of life issues, yet can get very consfusing without some understanding of circumstances and reflection on family dynamics. When we are confronted by end of life events in our family we can often feel like our world is out of control. It can present itself in many ways such as medical emergencies (falls, accidents, etc) where in the blink of an eye our world is turned upside down and everything changes.  We can feel out of control by having to rely on others to help us navigate through life experiences we have little if any experience with (nursing homes, hospitals, funeral homes, etc).  And, the number one reason for feeling out of control and the most significant evidence we have is not being able to sustain life indefinitely, dying.

Loss of control can physically shut us down, numb us to a point of malfunction and sometimes is all families are emotionally capable of.  Yet, If one is able to relinquish control and go with the flow of the human experience, it can open a door to the most remarkable and life affirming experience one can imagine.  While honoring ones wishes have value, please remember, it’s really about honoring ones life and how they lived it.  If done well honoring and celebrating life can affirm meaning and purpose that connects us with love, hope and a peace that passeth all understanding.

“Blessings on your journey”


Buried seeds

Dedicated to my friend Sacha:


All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see.– Mark Nepo –

Change is a transformative process that grows out of buried seeds, seeds that surrender to a process they can’t see.  We, contemplate breaking out of the plan we made for ourself and for a better life. We, consider going back to the job we hate, returning to relationships that step on our heart, taking that drink or pill instead of continuing to make amends and deal with our shit.  Change is terrifying by its very nature.

We like to see ourselves as good people, as people who do the right thing, as people who say “please” and “thank you,” as people who care about other people and devote time and energy to others. It takes a tremendous love of truth to allow whatever that picture of ourselves is to fall from its elevated position on the wall, and shatter. It takes faith, trust and a willingness to enter the darkness of failure and the unknown.  The irony, however, is that the wall and the elevated image of ourselves is what imprisons us. The ground that shatters could be viewed as the painful, but freeing, action of Love. Picking up the pieces of that shattered image and continually placing it back in its prison cell on the wall is a safe and familiar solution.   And, transformative change, like love itself, can never be forced upon us.

Transformative change requires our participation to germinate and grow. No matter what our situation, we have a choice. Continue to open to the heart-renching action of love? Or shut down, harden, and quit.  Why do you think so many people walk around virtually dead in this world? Because reaching for life is scary. You have to be out of your mind to do it, and I mean that literally.  I’m scared too.

”Blessings on your journey”

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