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The Day After

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The date of 9/11 is one that lives in infamy. The pain of that day is still palpable for us. However, what I would like to share today is the memory of the days after. I vividly remember hearing about the attack to the towers. I was in the basement of the doctor's office where I worked as a wellness practitioner for York Hospital. My daughter called hysterical. I did what I could do to calm her. After I hung up, I began to feel fear like I have never known before or since. However, there were patients waiting for me and I couldn't abandon them. I left the office praying for a sign that all would be well. As I crossed the parking lot, I saw one of the bushes that days before was a mass of twigs, in bloom.  Puzzled, I took a closer look. The bush was covered in Monarch butterflies. Instantly, I felt peace pour through me.  As the day wore on and the during the days immediately following, I saw and heard about so many acts of compassion and kindness that my heart overflowed. In th

Moon Mother

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  Amma Niradhara teaching young girls in rural India. "Imagine a world where a girl can not even attend school because of lack of menstrual care to manage her Moon Cycle. "  This is a quote from the website describing the work of one of my Interfaith Minister sisters. A mma Niradhara  has served the community at the SwAr Ashram since taking up residence in 2007. Amma was appointed by Swami Anantram in 2012 to direct his NGO (NIWS) and manage his Ashram. She is a Sannyasi (renunciate of worldly life), as the Spiritual Mother of SwAr Ashram, she is a Swamini, and she is a full-time Sevaka (un-salaried volunteer). She is, as well, an E-RYT500 Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher & CYT300 Yoga Therapist YACEP Yoga Education Provider, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, Reiki Master, Agnihotri, EMDR, TFT & EFT Guide, Sound Therapist and Ordained Interfaith Minister with projects inclusive of at-risk youth, trafficking rescues, maximum security incarcerated women, domesti

Time Taken for Tranquility

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Taking time away from all that life sends us is difficult. I always find myself putting "down-time" off because something more needs to be accomplished or finished. However, in my later years, I have discovered that this precious time away from work is a great gift.    Over the past two months, I have spent more time in the garden, time with family, and time just sitting in order to connect with Spirit. What I found is that I am calmer, more able to grasp what is important and much happier. Being able to stand in my garden, and really notice the beauty of the flowers, the wonder of how from a tiny seed food to nourish us is grown and the connections to all life has filled me such joy.   Likewise, time with my family after one of the longest times away from them goes beyond words. We held each other longer, listened more carefully, laughed, and sang louder. My cup definitely ran over! As summer winds down, as the days shorten, and as the world begins its next phase of seasons,

A Blend of Words and Pictures

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When I teach poetry, I tell my students that poetry is "painting with words." However, I also believe that a "picture can be worth a thousand words." As a photographer and writer, I have often combined my photos with the words of others as well as my own. Here, today, are a taste of what that looks like.

Taking Time

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  We all need time off. Working 24/7 is a sure way to kill relationships, careers and ourselves. This past weekend, I took time off to be with family for the first time in two years. We camped in beautiful Wolfe's Neck, Freeport, ME. Sitting and watching the sunset on the water was more healing to my tired soul than all the therapy and medicine in the world.  Take time off. Go to Nature. Let Nature nourish your mind, body and soul. Blessings!

When a Child Is Born

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This past week, our family increase by one beautiful little girl. Unlike when her sister and cousins were born, there was no family around, except her Mom and Dad, of course, to greet her when she entered this world. This didn't seem to bother her at all. She simply got to the tasks at hand, nursing and napping and doing what babies do in the first hours of life. Pictures of our Madeleine crossed cyberspace at record speeds; all of us oohing and aahing at how much she looks like her Mom and how much hair she has. Prayers of thanksgiving rose from various corners - for our new child as well as her safe and simple delivery. Madeleine and Mommy are both at home, now. I plan on going to see them in a few weeks. In the meantime, the birth of grandchild #12 has me contemplating children as a whole. Childhood today is so different from what I experienced over 60 years ago. Today, in a world still battling a virus that has take so many lives, childhood is wrapped in precautions, fear, and

You Are the Shining Star of Your Own Play

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  I am delighted today to have as a guest blogger, Michele Sammons . Michele is an inspirational author, spiritual teacher, and highly-attuned guide who works with clients worldwide helping them transform their lives through divine guidance. As an empath and intuitive, Michele’s light-hearted, joyful approach embraces her clients right where they are on their spiritual path and gently guides them to personal clarity and understanding. Michele is passionate about working with Spirit to uplift others while spreading love and joy along the way. Michele's book, " The Little Book of Big Knowing ," was a delight to read. Made up of short yet meaningful meditations, I found that many resonated with what I believe and understand about Spirit, Life, Death and all that exists in between. I highly recommend this book! Without further ado, let us delve into the thoughts that Michele shares so graciously with us today.  You are the Shining Star of Your Own Play   “All the world’s a st