Just as rain gives needed water to the earth, so too does solitude give needed nourishment to the soul. (If you missed last week’s Part Six: Simply Listen click here before reading on). When I left off, it was the end of July 2021, and I had just dropped mom off at the airport. She was heading to Rhode Island

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I’m putting my soul onto the page for the first time in almost two years. The much needed cocoon has been a sacred and nurturing space amidst the goings on of the world, both internally and externally. But now it’s time to come out, it’s time to be back in the world, with richer, more colorful

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Friendships and relationships are a training ground for our relationship with Spirit.  When I use to hold God at arms length away, I was also holding those I loved an arms length away – because those I loved were a child of God, as a wave is upon the ocean. As I rejected God, I rejected

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It use to scare me, the silence. My first silent meditation retreat I felt like I was going to explode. My mind was so amped up, wanting to do, do, do (that was the first three days, then it began to calm down – thankfully!). Now I go into silence and feel completely at home.

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I laid in my sleeping bag reading next to the river. 9pm, the mosquitoes were out doing there mosquito thing, when I look up to see this sunset. Grace was present in me and in what I was seeing. It wasn’t just any sunset, but one that became more intense, more colorful, more bright as

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My first nature experience was when my mom was pregnant with me – her first experience camping too. Maybe I heard the birds chirping then too. After I was born, and we graduated from a large canvas tent to a van, to this 1969 Shasta beauty (7 miles to the gallon) RV, pictured above, when I

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I finished some gentle yoga on the floor of the cabin, being careful to not irritate my already painful hips. When I sat up, the words came through loud and clear, like a church bell on Sunday morning, “You need to leave the retreat.” I began to sob. “NO, NO, NO!” I yelled back at

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I didn’t know I would end up spending a month in silence until a year ago. If you’d asked me before that, I would have said, “no way, too long for me.” But after 13 years of several week long to 10 day silent meditation retreats, I knew it was time. Talking to a teacher last

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