A Letter from My Former Self

Several months ago I took part in a Woman’s Spiritual Retreat weekend at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, South Africa. It was one of those monument building moment in one’s life. I had no clue what to expect when I arrived. In fact, the only type of retreat’s I had ever been on had been christian…

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire If you did, what would there be to look forward to Be thankful when you don’t know something For it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations Because they give…

To Church or Not to Church?

Having a family that is deeply rooted in a very specific style of church and Christianity it has not been surprising that in moving to a new city one of the first questions asked of me is, “Have you found a church?” While the question is not surprising – it has caught me off guard….

Where do you find God?

Yesterday I sat with an older woman who was sharing with me her passion and strong desire to write and advocate for the honey bees. She was telling me all kinds of mysterious facts and fascinating wonders of these miraculous flying insects. She also was sharing about their disappearance and how important it was that…

Breathe

Yoga teaches me how to breathe. It’s incredible to me how much I actually hold my breath in exercise as well as in my day to to day activities. My shoulders begin to creep towards my ears when stressful situations take hold of me. I begin to involuntary sigh deeply – it’s my body telling…

Cold sores, Obsession and Balance

In the true sense of the word I am a nomad. I named this blog nomadess because I was proud that I am a wanderer and explorer that thrives in change and one that really has moved about most of her life. I not only have physically moved an astounding number of times but personally,…

A New Moon – Letting Go and Embracing

This morning I went to a new yoga class in Denver. At the start of class our teacher shared that there will be a new moon in a few days and that the new moon is symbolic of letting go of something unhelpful and opening up to something we are ready for in our lives….

Adventure or Irresponsibility?

Some would call it adventure, others just plain irresponsible – moving half way around the world without a job to a place where we just want to be and live. I am now calling it a little bit of both. Thanks to a fabulous friend we have a free place to stay for a few…

Mourning

I imagined that I would arrive in the U.S. and mourn the loss of leaving South Africa. But as it turns out my mourning is of a completely different type. While I do miss South Africa, a deeper pain has been gnawing at my heart. It is the pain of burying a loved one you’ve known for…

For the One Who is Exhausted

I came across these perfectly stated words in a beautiful book of blessings written by John O’ Donohue. These words have spoken to me in the midst of chaos and emotions that surround life and in the space of having to confront that exhaustion. May these words bless those of you who are “marooned on unsure…

The Maternal Face of God – Richard Rohr

I am so fortunate that today, after 6 years of living abroad, I get to spend mother’s day with my mother! As I have previously written about in a very early post, The Mother Heart of God, mother’s have been very important for my spiritual journey. It was only when I began to see the…

Transitions

I was once watching a cheesy fashion related show about accessorizing (it was probably closer to the late 90s when we still over-accessorized everything). The woman was saying that when you get ready for a night out you should look at yourself in the mirror and take off two items (the scarf and the necklace…