Some Analysis Can Kiss My Ass

“Some analysis suggests that human beings are not “commodities” or “resources”, but are creative and social beings in a productive enterprise.” 1 This sentence really cracks me up. It is a manifestation of what is wrong with disembodied grown ups who’ve forgotten what they are living for, but are possibly trying to reconnect to it [...]

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The danger of diving into the wrong questions.

I woke up this morning with a running commentary in my head that if I put in short hand would read like this: desire, fear, desire, fear, desire, fear, desire, fear. One of the quickest paths to fear is diving into the questions: What do I not have? What’s missing? What’s wrong? And then we [...]

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Coming Soon: A Digital Book to Revolutionize Your Inner Life

“Whoa!  I’m way jealous. This is the book I wish I’d written. Short, piercing to the core. Each page a reminder to touch back in to Center. Damn. I hate getting these reminders my soul so loves.”   “The challenge of conveying the deep wisdom available through the practice of listening using plain, rich, inspiring [...]

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Say it with Silence

John Francis stopped speaking for seventeen years so he could expand his listening skills. To begin with he decided to stop speaking for one day. At the end of the day he was aware he’d never really listened before so he decided to continue for another day, and then another, until seventeen years passed. He [...]

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On Being a Big Hearted Insane Woman. My Vermont Irene Story, Part 5

Oh shit the shit is hitting the fan, I’m scared and overwhelmed, better become super sensitive lose all boundaries and try to save everyone around me while becoming invisible and hiding in a black hole somewhere deep away from here. This was my #1 basic survival strategy growing up. And although I’ve discovered more effective [...]

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I just stood there being an opportunity. My Vermont Irene Story, Part 4

At the end of my week in town I’d stopped remember to eat and my brain was like a broken screen door swinging in the wind. My last team that arrived to help me help flood victims, instead were spending most of their energy keeping me from keeling over. One of these volunteers kindly and [...]

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My Heart Careening Over Slippery Dark Back Roads: My Vermont Irene Story, Part 3

“Where were you six days ago? We needed you then.” He said after a long pause in the conversation, his voice strung out with ache. Geo had called me at the end of my first day volunteering in Vermont to ask if I could come back and lead crews again the next day. “Yes” I [...]

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“Jasmine, you have ovaries.” Or how I got the Governor of Vermont to take me behind the town hall. My Vermont Irene Story, Part 2

The Governor walked in, interrupted us, and said, “I need you.” What’s a woman to say? This man is handsome. I followed him. First thing that same morning, day two of flood relief volunteering in Vermont, I’d said: “I’m ready for a meeting with the Governor.” “I’m ready for a meeting with the Governor. I [...]

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Lead Me, Baby. The World Needs You. On Claiming Your Wisdom, Power, and Purpose in Each Moment. My Vermont Irene Story, Part 1.

The volunteer coordinator then asked the crew, “Do any of you have trade skills?” There was a long pause while everyone stayed quiet with their hands by their sides. After about a minute my friend raised her hand and said, “We do.” I felt my throat constrict as I looked at her in pain. Often [...]

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Occupy your heart, art, earth. And these offerings.

I’ve been musing a lot about occupation lately. Yes, it has been inspired by Occupy Wall Street, but it isn’t all the folks camping in lower Manhattan or across the country in protest of egregious-money-business and government-too-big-and-greedy-to-be-good I’ve really been thinking about. What I’ve been thinking about is how we occupy our heart, art, earth. [...]

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