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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living (Book Review)

May 16th, 2016

BecomingWisePeabody Award-winning broadcaster, Krista Tippett, has spent years interviewing some of the most fascinating voices of humanity. Her style is one of asking deep spiritual questions and then creating space for deep listening. Tippett’s work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been share a conversation with people who inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity. Tippett has spent her career interviewing scientists, theologians from several faiths, poets, activists, philosophers, historians, artists, and many more. Within moments of listening to the podcast, it becomes clear that these are more than interviews – they are moments of deep intimacy through the mastery of genuine conversation.

In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills many of the insights she has learned to appreciate from her numerous conversations. Throughout the pages, it becomes clear that the book is a deep meditation and journey on meaning. The chapters are organized around the themes of language, love, faith and hope. Through her years of conversations, Tippett and her conversation partners advocate mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, humility and cooperation.

Tippett’s book embodies the open question – the deep desire for connection, conversation, and belonging. The wisdom we seek emerges from the everyday experiences. Real connections with one another happen in the ordinary moments of acts of kindness and generosity. Becoming Wise is our journey of asking the powerful questions of who we are to each other.

“I’m a person who listens for a living. I listen for wisdom, and beauty, and for voices not shouting to be heard. ”

This book offers a fiercely hopeful vision of humanity. Tippett sees hope as a force and a resource. For Tippett, “hope” sees and experiences the darkness, and the possibility for good, and makes a choice. Hope is something you put into practice through actions. Tippett reminds us that choosing to be hopeful is far more courageous than being cynical. Hope insists on the possibility of a life of resilience and redemption.

One powerful theme that Tippett reminds us is the gift of presence. Presence is the engagement with life and one another. Becoming Wise reminds us that presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo. In a world of sound bites, Becoming Wise is a reminder of the longer and deeper conversations needed for change. This book is a practical guide about life’s spiritual beauty through deep reflections. Tippett sheds a light on what it means to be human.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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A Direct Path to Peace

May 12th, 2016

Sunset2016Let’s take a few moments to sit in and meditate on the heart center. Place one hand on your heart. Close your eyes or shift into a soft gaze. Breathe in gently and exhale slowly. Feel your palm melt into your heart and your heart melt into your hand. Finding the meeting place of hand and heart. Feel whatever feelings arise. With each new feeling, allow the inhale and exhale to shift it into something new, calm, and peaceful. Note that everything passes. As you breathe, feel your heart.

This is a direct way to meditate on your heart. You can feel and just allow the feelings to show you your heart. You can be in your heart center. Relate your mind and heart. Notice your rhythm and thoughts. Feel your mind and body connection. This is your refuge. Your heart center is where peace resides. Go for refuge in the peace that is always available.

When you are ready, take another breath and ease into your day ─ with a peaceful mind.

How simple – a direct path to peace.



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Holding Space

May 4th, 2016

AltarHolding space is an absolute gift. It’s a holy moment.

Holding space is being present. Really present.

Holding space is an honor.

After facilitating a retreat in the Virgin Islands, I was reminded of the gift of holding space.

To truly support people to transform, to open themselves, to release grief or shame, to give people permission to to trust their inner wisdom, to create safe space, is the gift of holding space. It is sacred ceremony and holy moments. Holding space means showing up with tenderness, compassion, and profound love.


Holy moments exist in everyday connections, deep conversations, quiet moments, time in nature, in gatherings, with hugs, and each time we realize we are part of something greater than ourselves. Holding space reminds us we belong – we all belong.



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ReWilding Our Being

April 26th, 2016

“To be fully human is to be wild. Wild is the strange pull and whispering wisdom. It’s the gentle nudge and the forceful ache. It is your truth, passed down from the ancients, and the very stream of life in your blood. Wild is the soul where passion and creativity reside, and the quickening of your heart. Wild is what is real, and wild is your home.” -Victoria Erickson

RewildingAgainThere is a deep sense that we are being called to rewild our hearts. We need to make wild again our sense of self, our sense of compassion, and our sense of curiosity. Rewilding is a lens – a way to view the world, to view one another, and to view ourselves. Rewilding is a movement and a way of being. We are called to open our eyes, open our heart and open to the untamed wilderness that lives inside.

To rewild our hearts means we need to make room for wider spaces within ourselves, our communities, and our world. Rewilding is about expansion and redefining our borders and boundaries. It’s a desire to connect ourselves to play – sacred play.

If we are to rewild our hearts, it would mean we would deepen our relationship with nature and the landscape that surrounds us. Rewilding is an exploration and a journey.

How are you rewilding in your life?

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March 30th, 2016

Noticing the quiet spaces Sitting

The empty spaces

The unthought spaces

The unborn spaces

The uncertain spaces

The vulnerable spaces

The loving spaces

The hopeful spaces




Dedicated to GH who continues to inspire me.


Posted in Letting Go | Toning the Om

Give It Away

March 22nd, 2016

JacketI recently donated a jacket that was only two years old. There was no reason to keep it, despite my inner voice saying, “You might it need it someday.” I don’t. And the reality is that someone needs it more than I do. Plus, the jacket will probably just sit on a hanger for more than a year.

Why hold onto it?

Somewhere inside there is a fear of scarcity. It’s a sense of needing to hold on. It’s a sense of control. It’s a sense of “someday.” If I can’t control the weather then at least I can control the various jackets I own.

This is only a jacket, yet it has deeper meaning into holding on and the fear of letting go. What else in my life am I holding or gripping onto? What else in my life am I carrying around and unwilling to give away? What else is hanging on the hangers of my heart?

My invitation is for each of us to look within and notice what we are carrying around on every level. Maybe it’s time to let it go. Maybe it’s time to do the kind thing and give it away.

We can all donate more than a jacket. We can donate kindness, compassion, and love. We have so much to give away.

How about you? What will you give away with love and kindness?

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Meditation on Inner Beauty

March 16th, 2016

Spend a few minutes enjoying inner peace and inner beauty. Notice what happens when you breathe in peace and beauty and breathe out worry. When you let go, you make space for more joy, more peace, more compassion, more wisdom, and more love to enter. Enjoy this five minute Toning the OM meditation. This was filmed at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

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Bridging Our Inhale and Exhale

February 24th, 2016

bridgeHeart_MindBreathe gently in and out.

Allow the exhale to be a little longer than the inhale.

Release any tension, worry, or anxiety with each out breath.

Allow light in any form to arrive with each in breath.

Notice how your body feels while breathing the full inhalation and exhalation.

Just notice, be aware, be the inner note-taker.

Welcome all the thoughts, know the exhale will take them.

Greet the critic and the judge ─ embrace them.

Breathe slower and deeper.

Relax into the fullness of the inhale and exhale.

Breathe all the way down to your feet. This breath will anchor you.

Breathe all the way up to the top of your head (your crown chakra). This breath will open you to your divine connection.

Take a fuller breath. Tune into the wisdom of your heart-center.

With each breath, bridge your heart and mind.

Be the observer, the anchor, the wisdom, and the breath.

Rest in your breath.

Your breath takes you where you need to be ─ right here in this moment.

Welcome home.

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What Lights You Up?

February 16th, 2016

LitUpI am lit up when I am writing, meditating, traveling, birding, taking pictures, wondering and wandering, asking meaningful questions, and being with those I love.

All of these provide delight and heartfelt joy.

And you?

What lights you up?

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The Breath into Liberation

January 21st, 2016

flower breathe

What would it take to liberate your breath?

Your breath is an inhale and exhale to Life.

Your breath is your meditation practice.

Your life is your meditation practice.

Breathe your liberation.

Breathe your life.

What are you breathing in?

What are your breathing out into the world?

Breathe in love and exhale it out into the world.

Here is to the liberation of your breath that allows you to become aware, awake, and alive!

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