The Landscape of Longing


What I know is that during difficult times, we are taken to the very edge of what is familiar. If we are true to the experience, that is, if we are present and awake, then we enter a land where there are no footholds or landmarks. This is the landscape of longing.To live in this unfamiliar landscape takes tremendous effort, and it is here that many women wonder if they have made a mistake, done something wrong, and fear might urge us to override just staying in this dry terrain.The … [Read more...]

New Question for July: What are you longing for now?


From Hilary Hart's book "Body of Wisdom: Women's Spiritual Power and How it Serves""...longing drives us deeper in and further on, all the while supporting us as we allow the old to pass away. This support is possible because longing is an essential life-force. It is not an abstract 'idea' or 'concept' that sustains us for a bit but loses energy or appeal when a new idea comes on the scene. It is not like an object of desire that ends up being of no real use. Longing is one of the greatest … [Read more...]

Noticing that She wants me to notice Her

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It’s difficult putting some things into words. Such is the Divine Feminine. She is most present to me in moments of quiet or in other forms of connection – like yoga, singing, holding hands in a circle. I can’t say I feel her very strongly when I’m tapping away at my keyboard.Still, there seems to be a place for voicing the un-voicable. Think Rumi. He helps us to tap into the Divine, though he is using the very mode he seeks to take us beyond. This is the sign of the master; his poetry never … [Read more...]

Noticing who I am right now


Who am I right now… I am a fledgling bird preparing her wings for flight out of yet another nest, an 85-year old woman who’s not done writing yet, a baby born into so much love his heart actually beats louder just to say, “me too. I love you too.” a man who walks through desert after desert and still follows truth like a sword that was placed early in his heart, a 65-year old dog who never stopped learning new tricks, two curious and eager girls on a walk with their dad that want to know y … [Read more...]

Noticing the role of women in changing the world


What I am noticing right now about the role of women in the world is that it is being taken seriously as the solution to the economic, ecological and social crises of today.   A new study released this September on violence against women conducted over four decades and in 70 countries reveals the mobilization of feminist movements is more important for change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians.The book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression i … [Read more...]

Noticing the power of life to renew itself


Metaphor and Everyday Life: Our Maple TreeBecause of the power of its metaphor, I have written before about the maple tree that stands next to our apartment building. Nearly three years ago, this tree suffered the loss of many branches and limbs in the fierce winds of a rare September New York City tornado. Indeed, at first the tree appeared so badly damaged that we thought all was lost. Yet the tree surgeons from the city worked tirelessly to save our maple. They spent hours sawing and … [Read more...]

Noticing the rising tide of womens’ voices


What am I noticing right now……about the rising tide of women’s leadership?…about women reclaiming their spiritual power?…about your own spiritual journey?…about the role of women in the world?This question is so timely for me, as I have been chosen by WorldPulse to become an editorial mentor to a woman from an oppressive country. The purpose of the WorldPulse effort is to assist women who have stories to tell of problems still besieging women. The campaign is to fine tune the … [Read more...]

What are you noticing right now…?


Dear beautiful women,Spring is FINALLY in the air. Phew! (Sorry, I'm in New York...) And as buds and new life appears, so we start to see things. We start to look around us again, we dig in corners, we ferret out all of the junk we were sitting on during those dark days. And we notice. So the question this month is: What are you noticing right now… ...about the rising tide of women’s leadership?...about women reclaiming their spiritual pow … [Read more...]

Mother-Work: How women give and receive


As custodians of life, our families, our communities, the earth, we know the awe of responsibility. But how do we listen to the real need – both in ourselves and in life?For many years I have listened to women tell stories about their lives. Women who share dreams they have at night, and images that arise in meditation or while engaged in some daily task like washing dishes.I believe these stories and wisdom have to do with a language that is emerging, to help women understand how we can … [Read more...]

Mother-Work: Voice of the Mother

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For the last two years I have sung in a gospel choir that has changed my life. A chorister since I was seven, I have ever prided myself on my technique and my discipline. So it is that I found my first few months with this choir challenging. I didn’t understand why our conductor wasn’t stricter, why he didn’t correct our rhythms more, why he didn’t direct the dynamics of every phrase. “When was he going to kick us into shape?” I wondered. We needed a little bit of the hard stick.This is a sma … [Read more...]