Being Authentic

I’m drawn to people who live authentic lives.  What the normative world calls eccentric people.  Those who choose to do what they want to do and refuse to believe that it’s somehow not ok or not quite right.  I have friends who revel in their Judaism through ceremony and shared ritual but still live a contemporary lifestyle. …

Peeling the Onion

When it comes to healing, most of us have been taught that each symptom is like an uninvited guest.  Each has to be shown the door individually in order to get rid of them.  Sometimes there are a couple that arrived together and will leave together, but not often. …

The World Through Masks

Our minds are built to make patterns out of chaos.  We’re highly skilled at it and if you don’t believe me, try paying attention when you’re driving in traffic one day.  You’ll be amazed at the amount of pattern making you do in trying to figure out what the next driver is doing and how to negotiate your way on or off a highway. …

Say It Out Loud

Those in the self-help and psychology professions will tell you that you are more likely to follow through on something if you say your intention out loud or tell it to another person.  And in my experience this is true.  Words have power and communicating your intent forms it in a fashion into a reality through sound.…

Pain is motivational

There is so much in our consciousness at this point about medication and medicating.  Arguments and politics about healthcare, mis and dis information about home remedies, traditional medicines, ancient medical practices, pharmaceuticals, trade marks, rights, profits, generics, insurance and just plain common sense which is no longer common.…

Call & Response

Our lives are a conversation between ourselves and everything else.  Between us and the Universe there is this Marco/Polo going on of us saying “I am this” and the Universe responding “Yes you are”.  And it says “I am this”.  And you react to it because ‘yes, it is’…..…

Some Kiss We Want

“Some Kiss We Want”  From Rumi: The Book of Love translated by Coleman Barks There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body. Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell. And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling!…

Passion

Media, movies, TV, novels focus on passion as something having to do with lust and the body.  It’s an overused theme from romance novels and chick flicks.  We want it in our lives but we are also subtly influenced to believe that it doesn’t really exist. …

The Warped Mirror

In the past few years medicine and psychology have begun to recognize the fact that some people see themselves as if they are looking into a fun house mirror.  Most of us in Western society have been taught to be critical about our physicality and over the past 50 years or so to seek an unhealthy form of perfection that is almost impossible to achieve. …