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Will you grab a lifejacket or a surfboard in 2021?

Will you grab a lifejacket or a surfboard in 2021?

Many of us are shell shocked from the tsunami of tumultuous events of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. As I wrote in the last blog post, 2020 made a mockery of carefully designed plans, forcing most of us to alter our expectations and re-evaluate how we adapt to radically changing circumstances. Do you find yourself reluctant to even entertain possibilities for this year? I do, though the quote offered by Tamara Levitt at the end of a recent Daily Calm mediation gave a clue as to how to proceed - “Instead of suiting up in a lifejacket to save us from the tides of...

What’s Your 2020 Hindsight?

What’s Your 2020 Hindsight?

While we can never really know what will unfold during an upcoming year, 2020 will go down in history as a year that took most everyone by surprise. While epidemiologists have been predicting a pandemic for years, who foresaw the global implications of what it might catalyze? 2020 was a living testament to the Allen Saunders phrase “Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans”. In a very funny, yet poignant, expression of this, comedian Robyn Schall laughs at the absurdity of the goals she set at the start of 2020 as everything she declared she...

Abracadabra!

Abracadabra!

I’ve always assumed that the word ‘abracadabra’ was fabricated out of thin air by a magician of old – a playful, made-up word that didn’t have any significance except for kids at magic shows. However, I recently heard Zvi Ish-Shalom, professor of wisdom traditions at Naropa University,  speaking about the Kabbalah on the Humanity Rising Global Solutions Summit. He explained that one origin of the word Abracadabra is from the Aramaic phrase avra kehdabra, meaning “I will create as I speak”. Is this simple incantation actually a powerful invocation tool with mystical...

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...