Protect Your Energy; It’s Your Inner Chi Availability

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protect your inner chi

I think of my personal energy as my inner chi availability—not only because the words rhyme, but also because inner chi means “vital life force.” Sometimes spelled Qi, the word originates from ancient Chinese and other eastern cultures and literally translates into “breath” or “energy flow.” Although mainstream medicine considers … Read More

Wishing 2017 A Year “Rich in Loss”

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loss 2017

I wish you a year “rich in loss.” I believe that’s a good thing, but requires explanation: I lost two good gal friends in 2016. One left the planet; the other moved to another city. Never being able to see someone you love again may be one of life’s major … Read More

Waiting, in the Dark…Suffering…

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waiting in dark suffering

Here in the Pacific Northwest, dark descends soon after 4:00 p.m. during these final days of autumn. I marvel at how different I feel from summertime when I could begin a long hike at 4:00 p.m. and still be back before dark. Now it’s cocooning and going within as much as possible. … Read More

Our Most Effective Message Exchange Is Who We Are

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message exchange, effective communication

Reading Neal Gabler’s piece, “Farewell, Democracy,” in reaction to the presidential election, I was struck by his quoting the end of W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939: “Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their … Read More

Light, Labor, and Illumination

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light and illumination

Light, at the end of the summer is a thin light—a bit less radiant than a month ago. Its brashness replaced with a gentler touch, light seems to be saying, “I’m not exactly fading, but I am retreating a bit.” And here in the Pacific Northwest, it adds, “Enjoy me while you … Read More

Before Starting an After-School Satan Club…

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So, Satan has invaded our public schools under the disguise of atheists-who-want-rights-to-influence children-same as evangelical Christians do. The After-School Satan Club has developed an extra-school curricula for public schools, stating on their website “to counter evangelism in public schools,” most notably The Good News Clubs. This Satanic Temple sponsored program … Read More

Back on the Path to Stillness and Solidity

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stillness path

Recently my yoga instructor encouraged the class to, “Go for stillness and solidity” while in a balancing pose. I tuned into her putting stillness and solidity together as if one couldn’t do without the other. I usually think of one or the other. Hmm…how to achieve both? Especially now. In light of … Read More

“I am The Greatest.” Mohammed Ali and Ego

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Mohammed Ali

As a teenager, I thought a lot about ego—relinquishing it and all that. I remember, working very hard to be here now sans ego. overhearing a woman at the checkout stand turn to her friend and say, “Egos are like as_ h_les, everyone’s got one.” Wow. How Profane…Embarrassing, even, but oh … Read More

If You Know What, You’ll Figure Out How

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A friend of mine once owned a beautiful statute of an elegant woman, serene and confident, expecting great things to come. She called this woman, “Clarity”. My friend died several years ago. But it seems like twenty minutes ago she introduced me to Clarity, telling me enthusiastically just how important … Read More