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Praying Rain

Praying Rain

There are many forms of prayer, but the ones I most relied on in the past are the supplicant version, where I ask for something I don’t already have as if I was calling God’s request line, or prayers of gratitude for having already received something. Several years ago, I learned about a more powerful way of praying from friend and activist, Betsy Bickel writing in her HAWAP (Hearts and Wits Affirming Peace) newsletter. She shares Gregg Braden’s experience with a Native American friend ‘praying rain’. “I did not forget the ‘for’. The ‘for’ is what makes it not work....

Finding Calm in the midst of Chaos

Finding Calm in the midst of Chaos

One of the practices that has helped me find calm in the midst of the chaos that has been 2020 is meditation. But, it took a life-threatening diagnosis 3 ad ½ yrs.ago for me to start. Oh, I’d tried before that. But sitting still was anathema for someone who was constantly in motion. Back in the early 80s, I received my TM (transcendental meditation) mantra and promptly forgot it. At a week-long meditation retreat at Kripalu, I fluctuated between nodding off and a desire to scream and run out of the room. My attempts at mindfulness meditation always felt like a...

I can’t breathe … just breathe

I can’t breathe … just breathe

Breath is a common denominator of the major crises we are facing globally – the COVID pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change. People who have contracted COVID often report great difficulty breathing, with some needing to be put on a ventilator and many claiming they feel like their lungs are on fire. George Floyd said ‘I can’t breathe’ 16 times before he died under the knee of white police officer. The people in the streets protesting racial inequity and injustice have trouble breathing when they are tear-gassed by police.  The Amazon Rainforest, the world’s...

Our Declaration of Equality and Interdependence

Our Declaration of Equality and Interdependence

As July 4th approached, I’d been thinking a lot about what it means to be a United States citizen, especially in light of our escalating COVID cases, the Black Lives Matter protests and the culture wars that have erupted over mask wearing and stay at home recommendations.  Our hyper-individualism appears to be a factor in exponentially escalating our COVID curve rather than flattening it. I wondered if the principles of independence and personal liberty our democracy was founded on were too limiting and missed addressing the collective as many other democracies do....

Learning when to listen and when to leap

Learning when to listen and when to leap

Two weeks ago I was delighted to have two blog posts already written and ready to go. But in light of all that is going on in our country around racial injustice and policing, they seemed inadequate. After multiple unsuccessful attempts at other posts, I had to get quiet and listen – both to the voices of those most affected and to what is arising in me in response. When I was first diagnosed, I leapt into action. Four days after confirmation of my condition, I was on a plane to Minnesota, for a two day appointment with an alternative cancer doctor. I did not spend a...