• Havasu Falls
    Eden,  Nature

    Return to Eden

    Being out in nature can give you time to reflect and I was blessed on vacation to find this time. I’ve often pondered the Sermon on the Mount in times of stress where Jesus asks us to consider the lilies of the field, how they neither toil nor spin, and yet are quite beautiful.  The birds also fly and are provided for.   Yet we struggle and worry. Ever notice the beauty of flowers in bloom?  How the dessert comes alive with color in spring after a rain storm? The poppies and wildflowers do not “try” to bloom.  It’s just what they do.  They are expressing what is in their nature.…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Love

    Hope is Getting A Bad Rap

    I have read posts recently from some people whom I regard highly, and who are held in high esteem by the public at large, saying that hope is a useless emotion or way of thinking.  I respectfully beg to differ.  While hope itself is a lousy strategy.  It is the foundation for developing one. Most of us may have felt hopeless at some point.   That is a very dark place to be.  Hopelessness is a predecessor to self-harm and even suicide.  It takes hope to get through the darkness. The ability to believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not an oncoming train, can…

  • Power of words

    Some Good Shamanic Advice From Ferris Bueller

    Some really great ideas come from lighthearted movies. “It’s not that i support fascism or any ism for that matter. Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” Not bad, but then again he was the walrus.” People, the media especially, love “isms”.  Like labels, they provide a shorthand to express a point of view.  But when we take a closer look at them, they serve to divide people, thereby undermining relationships and creating upset.  Consider the following “Isms” for a moment: Capitalism Communism…

  • ayni,  Unity

    E Pluribus Unum

      I got to thinking about this great motto on the fourth of July.  “Out of many, one.”  When this great nation was born it took a lot of individuals with different interests, beliefs, lifestyles and attitudes to set those aside and come together in a common cause.   People left their families, farms and businesses to fight for a greater vision of what could be if they could break free from the yolk of a monarch that viewed them mostly as a source of revenue. That independence however, required interdependence upon one another.  To recognize and work with people’s strengths while shoring up and forgiving shortcomings.  When we do this…

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