As a man in his last breath drops all he is carrying   each breath is a little death that can set us free.   A Question to Walk With: Describe an entanglement you are struggling with and try to drop it all and just breath. Do this several times and note what the moment of drop feels like. This excerpt is from my book, The Way Under The Way: The Place of True Meeting, 2016 Nautilus Award Winner.  … Read more

I’ve been poked and prodded for years: to explain, to defend, to leave another piece of me at your altar. And while what I’ve torn off has grown back, I looked at my scars which said today, no more. And when I honored them by saying I was done, you flared and tried to shame me into more. But I have outgrown giving myself away. And so, saying nothing, I walked into the rest of my life. You demanded I… Read more

I wake this morning thirty years to the day that the tumor vanished from my skull.   I am still here. How is it possible, that the ounce of Spirit that wouldn’t go out should guide me to today? Like a spiritual cricket, I only know one song—that everything is holy. I sing this at the close of every day. I try to live it at the break of every dawn. I’ve seen ordinary wonders, day after day, and ordinary… Read more

I met Ernie and Cathy several years ago, two sensitive souls who live on the island of Victoria off the coast of Vancouver. During the last year, their lives have opened into a difficult depth, as an inoperable brain tumor has made Ernie’s light more simple and bare. And Cathy stays near him like a strong blue flame. They’ve chosen to live this part of their lives openly, somehow knowing that just as fire needs oxygen, the heart, no matter… Read more

I had a remarkable day, which I’ll tell you about another time. Tonight I must speak of where I’ve been and only this. I stood in Anne Frank’s hidden room in Amsterdam on the Canal of Princes. It was raining slightly, as if tears were being shed by the gods no one believes in anymore. I stood in her musty room with the windows covered, where she glued pictures of movie stars like Greta Garbo on the wall, along with… Read more

Keep trying to hide and in time you become a wall.   Keep trying to love and in time you become love.   Our journey on Earth is to stop hiding, so we can become love.   Everything else is a seduction and a distraction.   Courage is staying true.   A Question to Walk With: Describe your history of hiding and loving. Which has your attention these days and why?   *photo credit: Omar Alnahi Read more

Only when the fish let go their dream of having arms did they grow their magnificent fins.   A Question to Walk With: Tell the story of a dream you had to let go of in order to discover your true gift. This excerpt is from my book, The Way Under The Way: The Place of True Meeting, 2016 Nautilus Award Winner.   *photo credit: Chevanon Photography Read more

I almost died. It could have gone either way. And as I was jettisoned back into life, I saw something that’s hard to put into words. But let me try. You might be working to pick something up. Or put something down. You might be desperate to forget something terrible. Or longing for a love to set you free. Or grieving someone who is irreplaceable. Or trying to find what will keep you going. Fortune or misfortune. Love or loss…. Read more

When you pace at the edge of life, worried and afraid, mount your will like an arrow of salt and plunge into the ocean of experience.     A Question to Walk With: Describe a time when, though you resisted, you were called to dive in to make your way through. This excerpt is from my book, The Way Under The Way: The Place of True Meeting, 2016 Nautilus Award Winner.   *photo credit: Pixabay Read more

It was a summer day. Bees were sticking their heads in flowers. Birds were bringing worms back to their nests. And the master was walking another apprentice through the garden. The young man was confused, “You tell us to work hard and you also tell us that what matters just happens.” The master said, “Yes, both are true.” The young man felt toyed with, “Why should we work hard if it doesn’t matter?” As the apprentice kept talking, the master… Read more

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