“Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.” - Susanne K Langer Excavation. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, it means; “the action of excavating something, especially an archaeological site.” Archaeologists dig for physical and documentary evidence. Your topography will be a visual depiction of who you are today but much digging through documentary files must be done to touch the innermost layers to reach the real essence of who you
On July 4th, we celebrated freedoms we have realized and those we have yet to realize in our country. And of course, our newfound freedom from the pandemic world. We are literally sensing all the time. Am I safe or not safe? Not safe or safe? Masks have come off and we are all celebrating freedom this July, but do we feel free yet from this past year? Free of Worry. Concern. Fear. Change. Is it safe to go to a food store without a mask on? What will the future look like? Safe
I have been on countless flights where I have heard the dreaded voice over the intercom stating to all passengers to please return to the seats and fasten the seatbelts as there is unexpected turbulence. At that moment, I can feel my entire body tighten with fear as my hands begin to grasp the corners of the armrests, white-knuckled. My heart quickens and my face pales as the blood rushes to my toes, aka, panic attack. Hello, turbulence! Have you experienced those sensations
Where does true satisfaction lie if it’s not found in our cravings? My favorite dessert is a brownie. Now insert your favorite dessert, food, alcohol or shopping spree that seems to at first bring you happiness and satisfaction. Have you experienced difficulty or that dis-ease and you needed another bite or another drink? Shortly thereafter, one bite or one piece of cake does not fill you up or it becomes boring and your mind craves something else, or for it to be different?
"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” -Simone Weil; Gravity and Grace As the holidays are rapidly approaching, can we slow down enough to embody true presence for ourselves and others? The days quickly pass as the holiday planning begins and we deck the halls and get ready for yet another year. Without finding a pause in our lives or time to rest, the present moment and the direct experience of our lives seem almost ungraspable or blurry. I often have felt
We are born and we make these decisions along the way, along our roads called life. Some decisions feel great, and some...not so much, because I’d like to think of them as an “fgo” or a fucking growth opportunity. Sometimes we may get a sense for a path that is long and straight, and then something comes up that literally jostles us. It’s as if we hit a huge bump or get whacked by a gigantic, sharp branch. This is where we need to draw the machete out and cut down those bram