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Celebrating Gentle Birthing- Podcast 151

AllReligions

I have been petitioned to be the blogger for birth care midwives dot com, currently on a sub domain. I will be starting a podcast on that site, as well, called: The Gentle Birthing Podcast. If you go to the above-mentioned Domain you will go to the old website. It is indeed a work in progress. We owe much gratitude to Bonnie Gruenberg CNM who did all the work on the website. Today's podcast discusses birth and death. This podcast is often about death and awakening to the life we currently … [Read more...]

Your Dream Life–Podcast 151

dreams

The last few days, I have been semi-off the grid. It is difficult to reconcile spiritual mystical experiences with the battleground of human conflicts, war and grievances. Yet we keep trying, don't we? I remember reading about a man who went on a silent retreat for one year. When he came back and started listening to the news, it had the same tone of acrimony, division and strife. We can't solve these problems with the same mind that created them. If we keep trying to do so, then … [Read more...]

Prayer For Divine Grace- Podcast 143

Divine Grace

Dear Goddess, Today's prayer will focus on not asking for a specific outcome, but for complete surrender to all that is possible, all the good, all of the love and beauty, and simply ask that it flows through us all, through these prayers, and through the entire universe. Today surrender will align us with an Intelligence that is far greater than anything we've ever known. This Intelligence not only creates, but it flows heart-to-heart, if we allow our hearts to open. This Intelligence … [Read more...]

Prayer For Forgiveness- Podcast 141

True Forgiveness

The Boston Marathon Bombing Happened 2 years ago. The same hold true today as it did then, after a contentious trial, finding the bomber guilty of the mass destruction and murder. Here is a prayer I wrote for that occasion:   1) May those of you closely involved feel the outpouring of prayer and love from people all over the world   2) May those of you closest to the sadness know that you are not alone   3) May you know you are loved   4) May you know that all the … [Read more...]

Community Validation-Podcast 140

Prayers For Peace

 At one time in my blogging life, I wrote one prayer every day for 365 days, and eventually turned those prayers into a book. I found a notebook of them, and over the next few days, I will share them with you: Dear Goddess, Here we go again, writing these words, sinking into Spirit, asking for your light and your love. As we put our metaphorical plug into the spiritual realm, we discover several things: that we can ask our inner guidance system for answers, rather than frantically asking … [Read more...]

Throw Away Children-Podcast 139

Beautiful Early Spring

   Sometimes you find a book that fits everything you've ever thought a book should be. No one told me about "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," by Kim Edwards.  I walked into Barnes and Noble, and strolled right to the book in question and bought it. The book immediately reveals the story line, most all of the characters, and pulls you in by the end of the very first chapter with poetically beautiful narrative. Throughout the book, the author brings all five senses and mixes them with … [Read more...]

Nurses and PTSD–Podcast 138

Nature Heals

There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.  ― Hazrat Inayat Khan What is PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? It's a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme psychological trauma. This stressor may involve someone's actual death or a threat to the patient's or someone else's life, serious physical injury, or threat to physical and/or psychological integrity, to a degree that usual … [Read more...]

Empty Heart Of Paradox- Podcast 137

Empty Heart Of Paradox

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.  - Socrates  I heard a story this week of another person's death. The circumstances of her death created drama for those who found her. She had died from an aortic aneurysm and was discovered in her home, after a search was conducted on her behalf for a number of hours. I immediately thought of the Nine Contemplations of Buddhism. I believe if we give attention to these contemplations, we will be less horrified by another person's … [Read more...]

Today, This Day– Podcast 136

Today, This Day

 Let me give you a wonderful Zen practice. Wake up in the morning...look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself.  - Bernie Glassman I continue to read Tattoos On The Heart: The Power Of Boundless Compassion. I love the idea that God has created us to be the delight of creation. I take the lack of self delight to be where we must all began. Isaiah said to God, "Be glad forever and rejoice in what I create… For I create my people to be a delight." Father Gregory Boyle says the delighting is what … [Read more...]

A Duty To Delight – Podcast 135

Duty To Delight

Tattoos On The Heart: The Power Of Boundless Compassion is a book I recommend to everybody in the world. Today I am reading about reconciliation as it relates to opposing, warring, gang member enemies. One of the results of Father Gregory Boyle's Homeboy International is to rehabilitate violent gang members who may be enemies when they first come there. One story he tells of taking two gang members, both enemies from different gangs, on a road trip. The two boys refuse to talk to one another. … [Read more...]