Claiming Personal Power

I had a conversation recently with a long-time friend and former colleague who wanted to understand how I was able to make the life changes that I did. He thought it was very inspiring and not something that many people would do. I thought about our conversation for some time after we hung up. While… Read More

Summer Solstice: Renewal and Transformation

Today is the summer solstice.  It’s the longest day of the year. The Maya, like many cultures, believed that the annual cycle of the sun represented a spiritual path of enlightenment that they could follow throughout the year. Each solar year, beginning with the Fall Equinox, was an opportunity to increase one’s consciousness. The sun symbolized… Read More

Emotional Trauma…of a Chicken

Do animals have emotions? Can they be compassionate to other animals? I have always believed that they could, and read a book years ago – When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson – that told stories of non-domesticated animals demonstrating emotions. A couple of weeks ago, at about 2:15 in the… Read More

Embracing Acceptance

I’ve been thinking about acceptance lately…probably because I have seen this attribute regularly in Guatemala. What is acceptance? I define acceptance as the peaceful acknowledgment of how things are at an exact moment in time. This doesn’t mean that things can’t change or that you cannot take steps to make a situation different. On the… Read More

Ceremony of the Mayan Cross

At the beginning of May, I was invited to Chuarrancho by a shaman there to participate in the annual Ceremony of the Mayan Cross. After driving about 13 hours, my friend and I arrived at the shaman’s house and were invited in. The entryway hallway was filled with a marimba and several drums on one… Read More