2 April

Practicing Deep Magic

Having grown up reading Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other fantasy books I’ve been  immersed in the concept of deep magic.  Most everyone knows the stories…the ring to rule them all was forged by deep magic, the stone table on which Aslan was sacrificed was built with deep magic. The magic that created these things always… (Read More)

5 February

Strategizing for Mindfulness – Four Simple Steps

Having a strategy for mindfulness practice is as important as a technique. Many of the  participants in the Mindfulness 101 class that I  teach at the Colorado Mental Wellness Network already know about meditation and mindfulness.  Many have practiced sporadically. Their challenge is not that they don’t know some basic meditation techniques, but that it is… (Read More)

28 December

It’s Not Really a Journey

A path, a journey, a long climb to the top of the mountain….all are analogies used to describe a meditation or spiritual practice.  The implication is that we are trying to get somewhere. We start HERE and we get THERE, wherever THERE is.  We are moving on a path toward enlightenment, union with god (however… (Read More)

20 February

Winter Mandalas

This moment and this moment and this next moment….that’s what we have. These moments make up our lives, and yet we seem to be wired to be anywhere but in this present moment. Certainly more than at any time in our history, the information on meditation and mindfulness is readily available and yet people struggle… (Read More)

27 January

Creating a Pattern Language of Wellness and Sustainability

What do forest gardens and peer run recovery centers have in common? • Both are innovative ideas • Both are phrases that help us envision new patterns and possibilities On forest gardens 1 Recently, while in Helena, Montana I visited the future home of the city’s Forest Garden.2 This will be a public park planted… (Read More)

20 December

On Winter Solstice

The celestial tipping point that is winter solstice happens on Saturday, December 21st at exactly 10:11 AM Mountain Time. (See other time zones below.) As our home planet journeys around the sun, it tilts on its axis so that those of us living north of the equator are leaning away from the sun. It has… (Read More)

23 November

The Magic of NANOWRIMO

The Magic of NANOWRIMO Nestled neatly between the end of gardening season and the beginning of the holidays is NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month. It is a marathon in which writers challenge themselves to complete 50,000 words in thirty days. This is my second year of writing for NANOWRIMO, and although it makes the month… (Read More)

29 September

Harvest

As I write this post I am watching the chickadees hanging upside down on sunflower heads picking out the last seeds. The pumpkin vines and most of the rest of the garden plants are dying back; although the sunchokes, zinnias and cosmos are putting on a last enthusiastic show. The angle of the sun is… (Read More)

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