From the category archives:

When The Going Gets Tough

Blame it on these evolutionary times we’re living in, but there’s no mistaking that if you haven’t already been called out of your comfort zone (assuming you’re still in one), you will be and probably soon.  2010 sees the universe stepping up its game for those who’ve been clinging to old ways, whether comforting, frustrating or downright confining.  Whether you’ve wanted to cling or not makes no difference.

If you’ve had even an inkling of desire to head in a different direction but have been too comfortable, stuck, scared or exhausted to figure out how, guess what?  You might not have to – figure out how, that is.  The universe may very well kick your ass into position.

What better way to illustrate the point than with the stories of three close friends which all went down during [click to continue…]

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My Huffington Post blog about Lost explains why I think so highly of the show and my musings about what its creators were up to when they conceived and developed it over the last six years.  Yet it warrants additional space here to explore my favorite seven conscious lessons to be learned from this juggernaut:

1.   It’s easy to get Lost in The Drama of the Human Experience

I believe we’re here to experience the world through the limited but unique perspectives that humanity affords.  We come from spirit into a body, mold a personality, develop an ego, and with these tools and others partake in the good and bad, yin and yang, tragedy and triumph which the human experience affords.

Lost had more than an average person’s lifetime of human drama in it and for the first several seasons, it seemed the characters traded one drama for another.  First their plane crashed, trauma enough for anyone.  Then they had to plan survival on a south Pacific island while facing non-imminent rescue.  Soon there were the “Others”, the black smoke monster, and Charles Widmore and his hidden agendas to contend with.  The list goes on from there until finally the key main characters escape the island, only to decide to return – to still more drama.

The point is this: during our lifetimes, most of us keep ourselves distracted by trading one drama for another while forgetting to look past the drama altogether to the deeper aspects of existence: why are we here and what are we to do while we are?  Lost, like life in its finale, at last attempts answers to those questions, although it certainly doles out enough human drama to last multiple lifetimes on the way.  While – arguably – experiencing the human spectacle is part of the point, wouldn’t the human experience be a little smoother and more fulfilling with less drama and more introspection ?  I think it’s time we at least give that a try.

2.    Faith

A key theme in Lost is “going forth in faith”, not that there’s much alternative.  Yet it’s a potent reminder for the rest of us who aren’t stranded on a desert isle fighting for daily survival to keep [click to continue…]

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Making the leap

In any growth process, you’re going to encounter discomfort; it simply comes with the territory.  The spiritual growth process is no different.  It’s good to remind ourselves of this so we don’t get stalled once growth kicks into high gear.

What’s the secret to handling emotional discomfort so you can move forward and past it?  [click to continue…]

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woman looking up at stormy sky

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Today, I hate the human experience.  Today I curse the day I decided to take form in this body, live this life.  Why? What possessed me to come and do this now? Again?

I want to disappear. Vaporize into pure spirit. Go back to the before.  I want to float out of my body and drift weightlessly, boundlessly free of the emotions that surge through it.

I desperately want to unite with the all-encompassing bliss I was lucky enough, once – just once – to feel after a weekend spiritual retreat.  The warming, flooding perfect joy that shuts out all else; that is pure love, or God, or whatever you choose to call it.  I want THAT again. Now.  But it eludes me.

Today after my husband finds fault with me yet again after I feel I’ve tried so hard to change I feel like giving up.  Today after my business isn’t where I want it to be after six years I feel like throwing in the towel.  Today after yelling [click to continue…]

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