As someone who has often felt like an outsider, the topic of belonging has a special resonance in my heart. My teacher, Larisa Noonan, wrote a post recently about belonging and she asks a provocative question, “where does permission to belong really come from?” Read it here: http://larisanoonan.com/choosing-to-belong/
In Western culture, there isn’t much guidance on how to connect with and spend time with healthy ancestors. I, myself, looked at Ancestral Reverence practices as something people did who didn’t know better. It was fine for indigenous cultures and “New Agey” people. It wasn’t something I did. Over the last three years however, I’ve… Continue reading What Does Time with Ancestors Look Like?
In the recent film, Bohemian Rhapsody, singer Freddy Mercury muses aloud that in the moments he is onstage performing, he feels most fully himself. Onstage is bliss, communion with his audience. It is when he is most inspired. And then, he says, indicating his quiet, posh home, the rest is this. Freddy Mercury didn’t lack… Continue reading Chop Wood, Carry Water
Most of us know that the gifts we have didn’t spring forth out of nowhere. When we’re little, we’re bound to hear “you draw beautifully just like your mother did at your age,” or “you have your dad’s ability for working with numbers.” You don’t need any advanced knowledge in genetics to know that our… Continue reading Gifts from Our Ancestors
The phrase, “embody your gifts,” sounds great to me. But what exactly does it mean to embody gifts (assuming of course you know what your gifts are). The definition of embody is ” to be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling).” Synonyms include personify, manifest,… Continue reading What Does it Mean to “Embody Your Gifts?”