Witnessing the Dance of Shiva

Witnessing the Dance of Shiva Nataraja. Lord Shiva has been showing up in my life lately. His energy is felt all around and within me: perhaps telling me a great story, as all of the Hindu gods and mythological figures…

Radically Human

As seen in Elephant Journal, 3/2013 Recently, I have been working with the great acceptance of being human. And then my dear friend, Jade Beall felt I was human enough to make me a post-card symbol for this affirmation. And…

On singing and freedom

If you want to sing out, sing out. If you want to be free, be free……. Cat Stevens My daughter, Ruka started shouting today while we were out in public. First at the post office, and then she continued on…

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious. -C.G. Jung ¬†Five days from start to finish with space, quality time, and adventure as intentions took me on a journey to New Mexico…

I am a sensitive person. It may be karma, a blueprint laid from my stars and ancestors, or the experiences of the time and people and places. I am an emotional person. And I have great capacity to feel. Dating…

There is often power in the times when nothing seems to be happening at all. -Marianne Williamson When I read this one line last week in Everyday Grace, something began to stir. There is something really potent for me right…

Grateful reflections on another year

Consciously recognizing the end of a passing year and welcoming a new one is a ritual that I put into practice somewhere along the way. For me it is a sacred act of wakefulness, of contemplation, of growth. In my…

In Buddhism, the Buddha teaches in the second of the four noble truths that our suffering is caused by our attachments. In the brilliant spirit teachings of The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali refers to attachment: avidyasmita raga dvesabhinivesah klesah. Ignorance, egoism,…

Solstice Heart

My grandfather, Irvin Abraham Schnyder, 92 years of age, continues to harness so much heart chi, he has just gifted us all another rebirth. As we welcome the summer, and a joyful season of the Heart/Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine,…

Exceptional You

The teachings I receive often come from the great, and humble responsibility of being a mother; in my case, being a mother to a precious child, Ruka Sage, a brilliant teacher who imparts her wisdom with no words, yet fierce…