Last year we had the privilege and pleasure of experiencing a local singer-songwriter perform in our home for a small group of family and friends.  Music has a way of filling up our senses, taking us to pleasurable places and leaving us wanting more, like John Denvers, Annies Song.

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again

I have for years loved to listen to the tonal and rhythmic qualities of songs.  Now as I get older I have found a new connection and fondness for the words and stories that the songs tell.  Adding thoughts about life’s experience and telling stories finds its way direct to my heart.

While Chris Wilson is a wonderful talent and his music and story telling are unique and authentic, he is still just a man who plays a guitar and sings.  When we experience his gift of love, humility and compassion it can open and reveal a place within us, a place of connection with our own story, our sacred and loving essence.  It is what happens within us that is the gift.  It is our reflection of love in a complete circle of energetic connection.  The connection with our oneness, the gift received.

We too have our own instruments and songs that we sing in our work and play.  While it may not come through music or be as obvious, that same connection exists in all places, space and time.   I can think of lots of friends (including you reading this) who are just as amazing people. People whose presence alone affect our world in magical ways.  People who create and bring new ideas and technology to our communities and our world.  People who provide loving care, compassion and comfort to many, and people who are just damn good people (the list goes on).   As we go about our everyday tasks, take a moment to look around.  There is quite a story being told, quite a song being sung and quite a gift being received.

As Chris puts his finishing touches in Nashville on his newest album let us all send him our love and thanks for his gift and presence in our world.

Here is a short video of Chris ( from last year.

“Blessings on your journey”


What’s your story?

We all have a story we tell. Sometimes, we can get stuck in that story and it can consume us.

Our stories are structured, filled, connected and textured with our loved ones, friends and experiences that help shape our narrative and how we see our world.  In that experience we can enter old patterns of life playing victim to it, or it can be the open door to a new expression of self.  Either way, it is the story we accept that happens.

What story have you created for yourself?  Take a moment to examine and adjust as needed.  Choose support, love and forgiveness, and most of all be kind to yourself.  After all it’s just a story of which you are the author.

“Blessings on your journey”


Why me?

Sometimes the world sticks it’s tongue at us and gets us spinning at a pace where all we can do is hang on and go for the ride.   If we were to fight or battle it (why me? poor me!) it would most likely create more conflict, wade us down and beat us up.  Stepping back and becoming “an observer in life”, we’re given the opportunity to adapt to each event and move forward with the necessary energy and with the appropriate actions needed of us.  We cannot change the circumstances, conditions, pace or timing of life, and we should not think or even hope we had that power.  We were born into this human existence for a reason and we have the ability to adapt. It’s quite possible we might even be good at it!

”Blessings on your journey”

If I only knew

From my book “Living and Dying”


“The earth has music for those who listen.”
― George Santayana

Where do we go from here?
What can we do now?
If we see love in our everyday life, the world becomes a loving world. If we see hatred and suffering in our life, the world becomes one filled with suffering and hatred.
Reflect on our connection with how we get where we are, and where we are going and go there.
Reflect on our connection with emotions and how we feel and live a life of feeling
Reflect on the effect of our thoughts and how they affect the energy and connection in our world and become a participant
Reflect on how our connection in our world is created by our experience in our world.
Reflect on the connection of thought and emotion.
Reflect on your connection to all things and places.
Reflect on your connection to memories and the affect they have on you, in your world
Consider that we may need to create a new version of ourselves. At any time, we can redefine ourselves. We get to pick.

If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. 
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more. 
If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day. 
If I knew it would be the last time I could spare an extra minute to stop and say “I love you,” instead of assuming you would KNOW I do. 
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, well I’m sure you’ll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away. 
For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything just right. 
There will always be another day to say “I love you,” and certainly there’s another chance to say our “Anything I can do?” 
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I’d like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget. 
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight. 
So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day that you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish. 
So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear, tell them how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear. 
Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” or “It’s okay.” 
And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.—Books.htm

There is a time for everything and a season for everything under heaven. I believe it is our time.
Life is precious, embrace the love present in it, and share the joy it brings to shine your light in the world.
It is a journey filled with challengers and opportunity. Take its reigns and shine your light bright. For it is in the effort that all life is powered.

“Blessings on your journey”


From my book “Living and Dying”


“Go out, go out I beg you and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.” Edna Jaques

A good friend offered me a thought she had after reading this book, and it goes like this: “There are times when we want to shield the ones we love from pain. But the only true way to healing is through our pain. It is through our connection to those we have lost that we are able to find a peace in our hearts. It is through our connection that we ultimately find our peace”.
She also went on to say, “Connection exists in life, in death, and all places in between.”
I am personally very grateful for her input and openness because it reflects her willingness to embrace her connection and transition through life. It shows her willingness to live a life of emotion, experience, living in the moment, with an openness to change and growth in the midst of personal pain. A close and personal love was taken from her just a short time ago as it will and has happened to all of us. It is apparent that it is a challenge and a difficult transition as we work to understand the perplexity of life and death as we navigate our time, moment to moment, day to day. It is apparent that it is hard to embrace a new normal in forging new relationships while maintaining ones of old. Yet, I am confident that we can and will find a way. I am confident for her because she has acknowledged that the only true way to healing is through her pain. It is this simple truth, as difficult as it may seem at times, that will set all of us free.

“Set yourself free from anything that might hinder you in becoming the person you want to be. Free yourself from the uncertainties about your abilities or the worth of your dreams, from the fears that you may not be able to achieve them or that they won’t be what you wanted.
Set yourself free from the past. The good things from yesterday are still yours in memory; the things you want to forget you will, for tomorrow is only a sunrise away. Free yourself from regret or guilt, and promise to live this day as fully as you can.
Set yourself free from the expectations of others, and never feel guilty or embarrassed if you do not live up to their standards. You are most important to yourself; live by what you feel is best and right for you. Others will come to respect your integrity and honesty.
Set yourself free to simply be yourself, and you will soar higher than you’ve ever dreamed.”
– Edmund O’Neil

“Blessings on your journey”

The dungeons of my mind!

It took me a little over an hour yesterday to go from feeling poorly to feeling amazing. It happened while writing yesterdays post, when I realized what was dragging me down.  The thought being, I’m never quite good enough.  If I really dig deep, I often find that thought at the foundation of my thinking, fostered by feelings of abandonment, disappointment, and guilt amongst others.  It felt good to unearth that thought, as I didn’t realize it still lingered in the dungeon of my mind.  In fact, moments after realizing that thought, I found myself feeling better, even bordering amazing.  Although over an hour seems like a long time to write two paragraphs, it was worth it.  During that experience of observing, I became aware of what I needed to write and it changed how I am in the world.

We are constantly working on the balancing act of life, the battle (as the pictures suggests) between what we know and what we feel.  The cool thing is, “it’s only a battle when we are in conflict”. Yesterday, I sat down and began to observe what I was feeling.  I observed that I was wearing my old moniker of not being good enough.  As an observer, having no conflict, I was willing to change my feeling poorly to feeling amazing, even happy.   Thanks for joining me.

“Blessings on your journey”

To boldly go where no man has gone before!

It would appear that I have spent an inordinant amount of time in my lifetime analyzing my struggles and unhappiness in order to find the causes and make improvements (caught on the hamster wheel). It’s always seemed the right way to figure out the next steps and the right course of action in life because my mind is wired to do this, so is yours! Every day when we open our eyes it begins, the constant evaluating and navigating the days journey. We judge everything the moment we open our eyes, it is our safety net, it keeps us safe.

The problem is, the moment we wake up and begin our journey, we pick up all of the tools we’ve been using and think we need. We pick up fear that we’ve learned we need at certain times and in different situations we’ve had in life. We pick up uncertainty and lack of confidence. We pick up lack and unworthiness, pain, illness, helplessness, we pick up the heritage of family disfunction, patterns, codes etc. etc. etc. And, maybe some of us even pick up joy, happiness and peace. I say it’s a problem because these tools are all tools we used and thought we needed in past situations. We have integrated them into who we think we are because they are familiar and have been with us for a long time, to be without them would feel odd and unfamiliar. I would rather feel unworthy or undeserving, uncertain or unhappy because it is more familiar and feels normal to me. It would make me feel uncomfortable and “not like me” with some new feeling I’m unfamiliar with. In fact, most people wouldn’t even recognize me if I was wandering around with love and peace in my heart all the time. They’d say, who’s that person? What happened to him? Isn’t that strange? Or my favorite, must be he’s joined a cult!! Etc.

In the process of transformation we are required to drop old normals and pick up, or accept new normals. This means we let go of old tools and enter the world as a new and different person, without them (our new normal). Sometimes we have a choice to do this and sometimes we are forced to. During our re-entry we (like the astronauts) go through an intense and heated entrance as the resistance of our atmosphere (our old normal) burns off. It takes some amount of time, sometimes days, sometimes weeks or months, but it will burn off, it will change things.

The Star Trek mission statement “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations and to boldly go where no man has gone before” was and continues to excite me with the potential of new and exciting worlds to discover. For some of us it might be time to join a crew and explore the new worlds we can create with our own thoughts and actions! I, for one, will never let you feel alone if you come. I have dedicated my life to walking with those in the throes of transformation, I don’t expect to stop now!! Giddy-up

“Blessings on your journey”

How busy was your holiday?

There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi

“The problem is that our love of speed, our obsession with doing more and more in less and less time, has gone too far,” author Carl Honoré writes, “it has turned into an addiction, a kind of idolatry.” So how can we allow ourselves to be more comfortable with leaving certain tasks undone, declining certain invitations, and inevitably, disappointing those we care about or to whom we’re accountable?

Technology will continue to advance and our responsibilities continue to increase. We cannot slow down our days’ progression, but we can bring more balance to our days, and redefine what it means to be productive, to take care of ourselves, and to make room for what we most enjoy.  What would your  behavioral choices look like if you were living the highest version of yourself? Giddy-up!

“Blessings on your journey”

Bowing before greatness

From my friends at TUT

If it’s not yet obvious to you, the real reason for this, and all seasons, is you. A more perfect child of the Universe has never lived. Until now, only celebrations cloaked in myth and mystery could hint at your divine heritage and sacred destiny. You are life’s prayer of becoming and its answer. The first light at the dawn of eternity, drawn from the ether, so that I might know my own depth, discover new heights, and revel in seas of blessed emotion.
A pioneer into illusion, an adventurer into the unknown, and a lifter of veils. Courageous, heroic, and exalted by legions in the unseen.
To give beyond reason, to care beyond hope, to love without limit; to reach, stretch, and dream, in spite of your fears. These are the hallmarks of divinity – traits of the immortal – your badges of honor. May you wear them with a pride as great as what we feel for you.
Your light has illuminated darkened paths, your gaze has lifted broken spirits, and already your life has changed the course of history.
This is the time of year we celebrate. Giddy-up
Bowing before Greatness,