Strip of white cloth tied to a branch reading "all beings be happy and free"

Here's my wish for you in 2014: may all of life's little ineffabilities work out in your favor.  May every bus be on time and every traffic light green.  When things break, may it always be just after you've gotten what you most needed from their lives.  Every time you reach into the closet, may you come out with something that looks fabulous.I'm not wishing this because it will be convenient, although surely it will be, but because it's the easiest way I can think of to get you to my re … [Read more...]

Practicing Together #20

Full moon over the ocean and a rocky beach

In which we practice together, right here in the wide, weird, invisible world of the internet!  Also, in which the old and the new come together, like with keeping the old numbers (because here we still are, practicing together) but having a new practice.  And in other ways!My new practice is inspired by several things: a breath practice in one of my traditions and an experience I recently had with it, a beautiful blessing practice developed by my friend Rachel, and Havi's eight breaths. My p … [Read more...]

Practicing Together #10

Peace pole outside

We have now practiced together into the double digits!  As always, you are invited to lurk or to comment or to join in at any time during the week.This past week, I noticed flowers!  Snowdrops and crocuses are up everywhere, although some of them seem a bit floppy because of late-season snowstorms.  But even the ones that are squashed are blooming.  How's that for a metaphor?This coming week, I invite in shift.  I've let a few big things that are going on dominate my attention and perspe … [Read more...]

Anne Lamott on finding time

Forest walk

This is one of my all-time favorite quick reads: Anne Lamott on finding time for what is important. I ask them, is there a eucalyptus grove at the end of their street, or a new exhibit at the art museum? An upcoming minus tide at the beach where the agates and tidepools are, or a great poet coming to the library soon? A pond where you can see so many turtles? A journal to fill?If so, what manic or compulsive hours will they give up in trade for the equivalent time to write, or meander? Time … [Read more...]

Practicing Together #8

concrete blocks form a pattern

Ritual is important, so every Monday, we say hello and practice together.  This practice grew out of a practice I have been doing once a week with my friend Rachel for over a year now, and I find it so helpful to approach my week with intention instead of having it happen to me.This past week, I noticed that sometimes solving one thing makes other things feel more solvable.This coming week, I invite in the experience that there is plenty of time.  I have talked about time before in this s … [Read more...]

Bodywork and spiritual practice

Ali giving massage

Here's a Friday treat: an interview with my friend Ali Bourgault!  I met Ali, who is an amazing bodyworker, when she was doing massage work at a Pagan gathering, and I love the way she focuses on results and on empowering her clients to take charge of their own healing.  She lives in Massachusetts and is the owner of A Healing Vibration, where she specializes in creating personally tailored sessions with unique combinations of therapies.How does bodywork connect to your personal practice -- o … [Read more...]

Five one-minute practices


We're all busy.  Here are five practices you can do in 60 seconds or less, although many of them are also lovely if you have a bit more time.1. Presence: Take three deep breaths.  Pay attention to each one as fully as you can.2. Ground: Think about your feet.  Feel them on the ground.  (Stand up if you can.)  Notice that you are pushing down on the earth, and the earth is pushing back up on you, supporting you.3. Gratitude: Say thank you to the air or yourself or your gods for some … [Read more...]