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When Things Fall Apart ~

~ Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön on Transformation Through Difficult Times   “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” By Maria Popova In every life, there comes a time when we are razed to the bone of our […]

Letting Go of Letting Go

Letting Go of Letting Go

~   By Sharon Lyn Shepard My Facebook news feed is rampant with posts advising us to go into the mysterious darkness and “let go” of all those shadows that have been lurking in our subconscious. This emphasis on “letting go” has been going on for some time as we’re letting go of the old […]

Stay Close To What Is Here Now

Stay Close To What Is Here Now

~ By Matt Licata Stay close to what is here now, even if what is here is flat, numb, confused, and devoid of hope. For these are special allies of the path and able to open places inside you that happiness, peace, and clarity cannot reach. The mystery is always alive around you, taking form […]

Protesters Rally in Dozens of Cities to Call for Trump's Impeachment

Protesters Rally in Dozens of Cities to Call for Trump’s Impeachment

~ People gathered in cities across the United States on Sunday — just two days before Independence Day — to call on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump. Thousands were expected at “Impeachment Marches” from sea to shining sea on Sunday, with demonstrators rallying in New York, Philadelphia, Austin, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco […]

5 Of The Most Common Signs Of Emotional Maturity

5 Of The Most Common Signs Of Emotional Maturity

~ Psychologists nowadays believe that I.Q. (Intelligence Quotient) is not the only metric for judging people’s abilities. Another equally important category which distinguishes individuals is what is now called E.Q. (Emotional Quotient). Simply put it’s your emotional maturity and your ability to react and respond to emotional situations in yourself and the people around you. […]

Held, Not Healed ~

Held, Not Healed ~

~ By Matt Licata There are times when you become activated, hooked, and triggered, and the walls feel as if they are closing in. Thoughts that something is wrong with you, that you are unworthy, unlovable. Feelings of shame, rage, fear, and despair. Before you conclude that all is lost, slow way down. Cut into […]

Summer/Winter Solstice  June 21, 2017 ~ The Glory of Light

Summer/Winter Solstice June 21, 2017 ~ The Glory of Light

~ On June 21st, 2017, in the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate the Summer Solstice at 1:24am ADT. In The Southern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice is celebrated. With the New Moon arriving on June 23rd in Cancer, we have a new beginning of a cycle that lasts till the next New Moon, on July 23. The […]

Types Of Soulmates You’ll Meet in Life

Types Of Soulmates You’ll Meet in Life

~ By Dylan Harper Do soulmates really exist? It’s a crazy idea that there is a single person out there who is perfect for us — not just someone who is our supporter and life-long companion, but a special someone who can make us feel whole again, who enriches our spirit and takes us to […]

Spirit Buried Inside Matter

Spirit Buried Inside Matter

~   By Matt Licata All the form in your life—the conflicts, the struggle, the shit, the emotions, the symptoms, the heartbreak, the crushed longing, the dying dreams… the falling apart of hope, the despair, the sense that something is wrong with you… this is the rich material you have to work with. While it […]

Pure Imagination ~

Pure Imagination ~

~ By Matt Licata On the path of the heart you will never be asked to “get rid of your story,” as if it were some defilement to cleansed perception. At times you will wear it as an ornament and at other times you can set it down, allowing it to rest from a long […]

It's A Beautiful Time ~

It’s A Beautiful Time ~

~ By S. C. Lourie Feeling anxious, unable, downhearted, desperate, confused, unmotivated, troubled, frightened…all of these emotions are so normal and natural in a world where we are not made to feel supported or acknowledged. We are like coal sent into the fire of cut-throat living to make fuel for a machine that sees right […]

Fall in Love with Yourself

Fall in Love with Yourself

~ by Pye Will If I could give you one experience, it would be the experience of being loved—not loved by anyone or because of anything, but because you are. Whilst we hope others will give us this, this can only occur when we have learnt to give it to ourselves; when we have brought […]

Why ‘Fuck You’ Is Just as Spiritual as Peace and Love ~ Warrior Women Rising

Why ‘Fuck You’ Is Just as Spiritual as Peace and Love ~ Warrior Women Rising

~ I’ve been deeply entrenched in parts of myself that have felt shameful, disgusting and fearful. By Naomi Cameron It has felt like everywhere I turn, something is knocking on my back door to give me a royal shaking, peeling back all my false layers of identify. It demands that I sit with, integrate, and […]

Allowing Your Soul to Shine

Allowing Your Soul to Shine

  ~ When we hide and try to be invisible and unseen by all we are only really hiding from ourselves. By Madisyn Taylor At times, we’ve all wanted to crawl under a rock and hide away from the world. We may have preferred to be invisible rather than let other people see us or […]

Confronting The Beloved Within

Confronting The Beloved Within

~ It is so natural to long for deep relationship with another, a fellow traveler with whom to explore the mysteries of intimacy. Someone with whom you can walk into the uncharted lands of the heart, unsure where the journey will lead but pulled by the call to union. “I want to share the burning,” […]

A Quiet Leader Is Still a Real Leader

A Quiet Leader Is Still a Real Leader

~ By Quiet Revolution’s Field Notes By day, Tamar Charney is an editorial lead at National Public Radio. On the side, Tamar writes about all sorts of things, including horses, monsters, social media, and things Icelandic for a variety of outlets. Tamar’s writing bio and links to recent pieces for Public Radio International can be found […]

A Hope From Beyond ~

A Hope From Beyond ~

~ By Matt Licata A hope from beyond… While the work of integration and encoding new circuitry is not easy, and requires just about everything we have, there is hope. While it can seem like moving a mountain, the pathways are open, translucent, and not as solid as they appear. In their own way, they […]

The Sacred Field of Not-Knowing

The Sacred Field of Not-Knowing

~ By Matt Licata There’s a fantasy that we’re supposed to know what to do with our lives. And if we do not then this is clear evidence that something is wrong with us, some cosmic error has occurred which must urgently be remedied. Especially if this not-knowing is accompanied by waves of uncertainty, hopelessness, […]

6 Science-Backed Ways Being Kind Is Good for Your Health

6 Science-Backed Ways Being Kind Is Good for Your Health

~ By Maile Proctor We all know the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. While this is an old adage we learn from an early age, there are a number of real-life benefits associated with the way we treat others. Science shows that as children, we’re biologically wired to be […]

How To Love A Girl Who Writes ~

How To Love A Girl Who Writes ~

~ By Kate Bartolotta Much has been made of dating a girl who reads, but what of the other side of that coin? For a girl who writes is a double-threat: she is well read, yet creates worlds of her own as well. If you find a girl who writes—find her charming, wish to court […]

She Let Go ~

She Let Go ~

~ She let go.~ She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all […]

Rest in The Sacred Middle

Rest in The Sacred Middle

~ By Matt Licata When a feeling or emotion surges within you, it does so longing for two responses. First, to be met with your presence. To be seen and held as valid, as worthy of your curiosity, openness, and warmth. You don’t have to pretend to ‘like’ the feeling, but you honor it in […]

At Times, A Child Will Appear At Your Door

At Times, A Child Will Appear At Your Door

~ At times, a child will appear at your door. She will be cold, scared, anxious, and tired from a long journey of becoming. Her heart may be broken, rage may be erupting from her body, and she may be confused and uncertain about who she is and what is being asked of her. How […]

The Achy Call of The Beloved

The Achy Call of The Beloved

~ It is no secret that, for many, intimate relationship is one of the great amplifiers of the unlived life. We can count on our partners to relentlessly illuminate everything that is longing for wholeness within us. Not because they have some agenda to do so, but simply by the nature of the crucible that […]

Take a Day Off From Becoming ~

Take a Day Off From Becoming ~

~ What would it be like if you took the day off from becoming someone or something different? Or just a few hours? Or moments? To set aside the grand project to improve yourself, heal your past, be someone different, or to learn something new. To figure something out, to manifest new things or experiences […]

Evolutionary Relationships ~ The Seven Requirements Of Love

Evolutionary Relationships ~ The Seven Requirements Of Love

~ by Andrew Harvey An Excerpt From “Evolutionary Love Relationships: Passion, Authenticity,and Activism“ It is critical to remember that this crisis we are facing is a crisis in which the sacred powers of love in the human soul are being diverted by distraction, by greed, by ignorance, by the pursuit of power, so that they […]

Doing Nothing a Radical Act of Kindness

Doing Nothing a Radical Act of Kindness

~ By Matt Licata There is such a deeply rooted belief that we must do something with intense surges of feeling and emotion as they wash through: understand them, determine their cause, link them to some life circumstance or person, change them, transform them, eliminate them, or even “heal” them. Somehow we lose touch with entering […]

The Portal of Fear ~

The Portal of Fear ~

~ By Matt Licata But love has no opposite, for it is whole and without division. Love is the field in which all form comes and goes, including the temporary, wavelike appearance of fear. It is the vast, tender space in which all emotions, feelings, and physical sensations arise, play in light and dark, and […]

The Magic of Your Own Heart

The Magic of Your Own Heart

~ By Matt Licata It’s so natural to want to alleviate disturbing feelings, transform difficult emotions, and heal unexplainable somatic manifestations. This yearning need not be pathologized, but held in spacious awareness. Honor the longing for relief, while simultaneously opening into the mystery. Before you turn from the symptom, enter into relationship with it. Practice […]

A Humble Lover of The Mystery

A Humble Lover of The Mystery

~ By Matt Licata The surging of hope and hopelessness, joy and flatness, anxiety and rest. The shakiness and uncertainty in your belly. The tightness in your throat. The raw breaking inside your heart. The sense that a miracle is here, just beyond the veil, but how to reach it? How to fully show up […]

Here's To Men ~

Here’s To Men ~

~ Here’s to the men who are learning to get themselves out of the way. Here’s to the men holding space for those around them. Here’s to the men who are facing their darkest selves. Here’s to the men who are facing their light within. Here’s to the men who each day test themselves to […]

Finding Your Sweet Spot

Finding Your Sweet Spot

~ by Sharon Lyn Shepard We’re living in a time of pandemonium, chaos and upheaval. A time of r-evolution where the old paradigm is breaking up and the new one is filtering in… all at the same time. The Light is shining upon all that has been in the shadows. Old beliefs and hypnotic trances […]