Redefining Success: Reflections on my First Blog Tour
My first and possibly last blog tour is almost over. I’ve written 27 different posts for as many blogs, each one written to suit the particular blogger’s interests or focus, while also sharing something about my experience writing my book, and/or about my book. In addition, I’ve been doing a lot of social media outreach on Twitter, FaceBook, etc. It’s been an intense experience! It was fun to find that my energy... Read More
Facing the Darkness/Retrieving the Light:
My Mission in Life
Recently, someone asked me to articulate my Mission in Life, and I found myself quickly writing that my mission is: “facing inner darkness, retrieving my true Essence, and inspiring others to do the same.” Wow, I thought, that’s it! I never saw that before so clearly.
Then I remembered that, years ago, an astrologer read my natal chart. After looking it over, she said that my mission in life is to... Read More
Spring Equinox 2013
Hope this turn of the seasons brings you many blessings of balance, harmony and beauty!
On a personal note, I’ve been feeling stressed lately, not sure why. Nothing new. Maybe just an accumulation over these past years of two challenging ‘jobs’ – eldercare for my elderly mother; and book publicity (not a natural thing for an introvert). So I sat and chanted and sang to my heart this morning on the Equinox, hoping to get back in... Read More
Inner Views Blog: Writing and Art Reflections on Creativity, Life and Spirit
Most of us would agree that fear is one of worst innerenemies, keeping us from taking chances, moving forward—but hope? Doesn’t hope keep us moving, working to make things better? Yes, that’s the problem. Hope keeps us focused on the future, on striving to get the hoped-for reward. Fear keeps us always looking behind or around for the threat or danger. Unless there is a bear or a... Read More
Are We Butterfly Soup?
The Butterfly has recently been appearing to me in visions and life. A black butterfly woman appeared in one of my paintings; a stained glass butterfly in another. At a retreat, I pulled a symbol from a bag and received Butterfly. So I have been pondering the meaning and message of Butterfly.
Primarily, Butterfly is associated with Transformation, because the caterpillar literally transforms into a butterfly. But, as Maya Angelou says,
“We delight in the beauty... Read More
What is calling to me is quietness. How do we find deep peace in this wild whirl of a world we live in? How do you?
The only answer I know is: by letting go. Letting go of the to-do list, even if just for a few moments, a few breaths. Letting go of my connections to others ~ emotional, mental, psychic, and electronic ~ just for now. Letting go of seeking answers, knowing they are more likely to arise... Read More
The Winter Solstice brings us the longest night of the year in the Northern latitudes, but it is also the turn toward the light, the point at which the days begin to grow longer. Under the skin of our brightly-lit civilization with all the various cheery celebrations and busy-ness, there is still the silence and stillness of the longest night. If we weren’t so busy pushing back the darkness and quietness, what would it be like? Perhaps we could sink... Read More
An Inner View of Hallowe’en
Today many of us celebrate Hallowe’en (Hallowed Evening). Whether a bright fairy queen or a dark monster, on this one day of the year, we allow our Shadows to rise from the ‘dead’ and come out to play trick or treat. Others of us may celebrate the Day of the Dead, honoring departed loved ones, visiting cemeteries, making intriguing skeleton figures. It’s quite a celebration, either way.
Yet, in the ancient ways, this is the... Read More
Like An Elephant: Following Your Soul-Path
A new feeling came into me the other day, something I had never had more than glimpses of before. I felt solid all the way through, solidly myself, settled all the way in. Unlike my usual state of mind, there was no trace of the needs, thoughts or judgments of other people. There was only me being on my path, 100% focused on what I am here to do in this life.
Not in... Read More