Essence + Spirituality

Celebrate your roots

Celebrate your roots

Even if you intensely do not want to turn into your mother, there’s something beautiful about her that also lives in you. Whether it’s country clubs or country music that makes you want to hurl, there’s something about growing up in a radically different scene that’s added to your street smarts, your grace, your grit…

stifled sensations

stifled sensations

As hard-wired achievement-bots, many of us subscribe to systems of success that actually become blockages to our instincts. Structures, programs, regimes, all disciplines and theories should be used to support your freedom and independent thinking, but many serve to stifle our truth…

the liberation of fred: keep your heart open and the wisdom will show up

the liberation of fred: keep your heart open and the wisdom will show up

I traveled a lot of miles, with a bag full of Big Questions to bring to the sanctuary of the Christ in The Desert Monastery. Me, in my well-abused rental car and straw hat, ready for a cosmic breakthrough, I wanted some divine answers, dammit. I hoped to hear something omniscient and awe-inspiring by the cemetery overlook, or to find an eagle feather on my canyon hike. Maybe a coyote or a monk would cross my path just when I asked my heart-bleeding question and that would be my Big Sign…

birthday rituals

birthday rituals

# 9. If the previous year was an amazing one, scribble out the reasons and burn the page. I think every birthday needs to involve fire of some kind… And of course, you can do all of these rituals any ol’ day, like tomorrow. Because life is short and there is no one alive who is Youer than You.