Musings on Birth and Death

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This winter I heard of many new babies coming into the world to very loving, secure and supportive parents and to spiritually conscious grandparents. The sheer number of such beings making their appearances at this time under such conditions, made me wonder what this could possibility mean. Are these little ones heralding in a new age … [Read more...]

Perspective

Although people often complain about the process of getting older, it does offer a benefit that keeps getting more and more valuable with the passing of time - perspective. Perspective , the taking in of the longer view, the bigger picture, the ability to make sense of a certain set of elements, gains clarity and occurs more frequently as we … [Read more...]

Spirituality and Money

Recently, within the span of a few days, several individuals mentioned their struggle with lack of money and wondered if I had any insights into how to deal with this problem. Quite a bit has been written on this subject and I draw my remarks somewhat from these sources but most particularly from my own personal experiences. Three basic principles … [Read more...]

Spiritual Lessons in Caring for the Elderly

Last February, a fall and the subsequent onset of dementia in Larry's mother has given us, in addition to sadness and stress, some spiritual lessons to ponder. I noticed that many of Larry's mom's core qualities were still present despite the loss of much cognitive awareness. What she valued in her life was still present. Her kindness towards … [Read more...]

On Becoming an Elder

This year has been a time for me to reflect on what it means to be an elder. I like the term better than crone which gives me images of the Wicked Witch of the West, wart-nosed and all. I know crone means crown and wise woman, but my childhood programming is too strong for me to be happy with the term. I don't feel like a wise woman, the … [Read more...]

Turning the Page

Greetings to all from the deeps of January. One year has finished and another begun anew. One more chapter has closed and a new one lies before us waiting to be written. For a change, most of us are having hardly any trouble letting go of the year just past. We make our way a bit more swiftly and surely across this year's threshold. We … [Read more...]

Your Royal Nature

For the several years, I have been intrigued and delighted with the poems of the 14th century Sufi poet, Hafiz (pronounced Ha-feez). I enjoy him even more than Rumi because he has such a forgiving, funny and comforting idea of the divine. There is one poem, "Venus Just Asked Me" from The Subject Tonight is Love that I especially share with my … [Read more...]

Hafiz

For the several years, I have been intrigued and delighted with the poems of the 14th century Sufi poet, Hafiz (pronounced Ha-feez). I enjoy him even more than Rumi because he has such a forgiving, funny and comforting idea of the divine. There is one poem, Venus Just Asked Me from The Subject Tonight is Love that I especially share with my … [Read more...]