Abundance: Why I Write

Susan Naomi Bernstein is a writer and educator living in Queens, NY. Her blog is called: "Beyond the Basics" (for Bedford Bits)Today my spouse of nearly thirty years asked me: "Do you have everything you need?" My spouse was asking about lunch— and yet—the existential sweetness of that inquiry fills me with inspiration.In times that seem to offer little but scarcity and austerity, I wonder often what constitutes abundance. What do people in our world need to survive spiritually and ma … [Read more...]

I am enough (or Goddammit, I don’t want to sit my PhD comprehensive exam)

Laura Paskell-Brown studies and teaches psychology in New York. She facilitates women's circles and is active in Women of Spirit and FaithHow many times have I opened a women’s magazine and read an article about how I should love my body just the way it is, only to flick the page over to another stick thin model with big boobs?  It’s such an obvious contradiction that I hardly notice anymore. It’s just another thing that we put under the title of “Crazy s**t we think is okay”.And how … [Read more...]

Writing from the heart: Divine Feminine – Called by Many Names

Ann Smith is the director of CircleConnections I know deep within my soul that to embrace the Divine Feminine is the way to save our planet. We know that to bring harmony to humanity the Divine Feminine must be illuminated, praised, loved, honored and prayed to along with the Divine Masculine. We know that by calling Her name including our own we are embodying the Divine; we become Her hands, feet and heart. We gain the courage and wisdom to be the change makers needed … [Read more...]

Writing from the heart: Why I Write (Ode to Joan, George & Elie)

Raquel Rios has traveled extensively as a professional development specialist on change leadership, inter-cultural competence, language acquisition, critical literacy and social justice.  She has been writing her blog Real World  since 2005.  She lives in New York with her husband and children.All at once I am alone and one with the rest of the world, the world of artists and poets and writers yes, but with those others who will live and die an ordinary life.  I write because I have no ch … [Read more...]

Writing from the heart: and surrendering to Love

Anne Scott's blog - Dream Weather - is about the wisdom of the Feminine. She says: "At this time, there is a destiny for women to contribute to life consciously, to begin to trust it, to gather and shift from fragmentation to wholeness respecting the source of where we came from".  Hi Laura,I am so grateful you wrote what you did!  Last week I wrote a blog and had to trust what was really in my heart. And it really struck a chord in women which surprised me because … [Read more...]

Invitation to write exactly what you like…

I write what I likeLast night I was with a friend of mine who was struggling with a chapter she had been asked to write for a forthcoming book. All day she had been sitting in front of her computer crying. “It actually physically hurt”, she said. We could label this 'writers block' and move on, but as Eckhart Tolle reminds us, to label something is not to understand it, it is simply to label it.I have written all my life, but recently it’s been the last thing I’ve wanted to do. I don’t wa … [Read more...]

The War on Women at Work

Paul is a civil servant, a Blues DJ for Mod Radio and an aspiring author.If you had asked me a few years ago about the ‘war on women’ I would most probably have answered, “What?” and asked you to stop blocking the TV. As a chap who since age 16 has worked predominantly with female bosses and studied predominantly under female teachers, it genuinely never occurred to me that women still suffered workplace inequalities or were discriminated against in other ways. The War on Women was … [Read more...]

I went down to the river to pray

Ayesha Mattu is a writer and consultant. Her first book, ‘Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women’  is out now. She currently serves on the board of World Pulse. Ayesha is working on a memoir about losing - and finding - faith and love, and blogs at Rickshaw Diaries .    O sisters let's go down, Let's go down, come on down. O sisters let's go down, Down in the river to pray     Alison Krause, Down to the River to Pray  It’s hard for me to … [Read more...]

The War on Women?

Jamia Wilson is VP of Programs at the Women's Media Center and is on the REVEAL and Feminist.com boards. She is a member of the Young Leaders Council of Women of Spirit and Faith.  Watch Jamia talking about "What happens when you stand up and speak?" at Senator Kreuger's "War on Women" panel discussion in New York city. … [Read more...]

The War on Women and the Resurgence of the Divine Feminine

Lana Dalberg is a mother, author, and member of “herchurch” (Ebenezer Lutheran) in San Francisco, CA where she has led many writing and spirituality workshops. The debate over the power of government to regulate and control women’s reproductive abilities —just one aspect of the war on women — builds on a long history of women’s subjugation. Women’s ability to connect, conceive, and create life has always vexed those who aspire to dominate. Starting in the second millennium BC, w … [Read more...]