The essential stream of life that animates wind and breathes in stone, equally moves in our heart freely like breath in lungs. The soul of the world is both deeply personal and universal and longs for its full wonder to come alive in us.
We come to life in the best way we can as we learn to open beyond what we know. We plunge into life’s fiery furnace or we cling to comfortable territory. We risk our separateness and give ourselves to life or we attempt to bend life to our will. Polarities are the stuff of everyday life. As opinions and actions polarize and voice themselves louder in the world, life points us to our heart and its heartbeat of wholeness. Here, we meet the heart and soul of all life.

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A brave and beautiful life calls us into mystery where we are drenched in invitation to be all that we are.

A great movement of authenticity is sweeping through every corner of the world. Depending on your perspective, this may look messy and far from truth.

Closer into silence where wisdom runs deep in us, where raw, kind honesty emerges from vulnerability we can discover a momentum that is real, authentic and true.

We are all wired to discover our authenticity, the genuine realness that comes from landing in our light and standing in our bones.

Authenticity is much more than telling the truth and living in alignment with our values, yet this is part of it.

Being authentic is living with an available heart, open in vulnerability, humility and simplicity.

It’s saying yes to mystery, to light, to earthiness and fire, and to being all we are.

It’s leaving the sidelines, participating, sharing, giving and receiving without agenda to feel good about a separate sense of self. We’re compelled to offer what we can because our love is so great we can’t do otherwise.

At times when we can’t show up, even for ourselves, authenticity is gentle kindness in this moment’s experience. This allows our heart to stay open to the whole of life, including the glory and the grittiness.

True embodied authenticity naturally expresses as uniqueness, as new and upleveled capacities and an unyielding desire to give our self to life. For we deeply realize that we ARE life and we cannot hold ourselves as separate.

As pioneers in a more whole and authentic world we are called to live in presence with room in our heart for darkness longing itself into light.

At this creative edge the mystery of timelessness mingles with time-bound energy and the fleshy miracle of our authenticity-in-action is set free.

Photo by Elizabeth Gadd

Sometimes life includes a radical departure from the norm. We may be moved to do or be or let go in unexpected ways. Sometimes there’s a tug from our heart or a poke from grace that simply cannot be ignored.

My great grandmother may have felt this way the day she stood on a dock to travel from Ireland to America. Being a single mother, traveling to the “new world” with her son required that a man accompany her. So she posed as the wife of a gentleman she met that day who also was coming to the U.S. It was then that our family surname changed to support her passage into a new world.

Names and stories are part of life though they do not define truth. This summer is a season of truth. Much truth will likely come to light in world circumstances yet the truth I speak of here reflects a truth that moves in silence and mystery and births new worlds. Read more

A change in seasons points our attention to new life yet every day is a new season with new life. Every moment is a new tide washing us with fresh opportunity to choose what is here now — a pulse inside that is breathing itself alive as wildly varied expressions in this wide amazing world.

Photo by Elena Shumlova

Somewhere in Ireland and Iowa my ancestors hold poetry in their closed eyes and silent tongues. Somewhere in Montana a baby deer is born and scrambling to be upright. From the quiet mountains of Tibet to the lazy shores of Cabo, a soundless strength beyond time and appearances connects us.

And somewhere here, right where you are, a greater aliveness is calling you to engage with life, to bring all that you are and contribute what you hold in your heart and hands. To begin living a fresh, evolving vision.

The energy of winter, of now, invites risking your identity as a separate self. It invites embracing a radical commitment to a unified truth of existence. New levels of living and awakened possibilities can shape through your dreams, inspirations, visions, insights and revelations.

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The energy of Fall honors the year’s promise of renewal as it quickens and propels us into expanded ways to live and relate. It is harvest time in this very creative year. In the center this season’s harvest is a rapid swirl of change that encourages balance and unity.

Fresh starts are getting underway and carry an ongoing continuum of potential. In these first weeks of Fall, life offers reminders that emotional intelligence is the path, not the pathology Be gentle and honest and allow time for your precious nervous system to rest. Come often to a sanctuary of kindness, care and space. Read more