A Course in Miracles · Divine Feminine · Forgiveness · Healing · Self-love · Spirituality · Uncategorized · Worthiness · Yoga

The Mud and the Lotus: What India Is Teaching Me

About 5 years ago, I began a consistent yoga practice.  Right around the same time, I started a PhD program in Women’s Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies where I eventually wrote my dissertation on Women’s Spiritual Leadership.  Throughout my studies, I realized that the path of the Divine Feminine is an intricate… Continue reading The Mud and the Lotus: What India Is Teaching Me

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Inner Goddess (Love) v. Inner Garbage (Fear)

Photo Credit: Roberta Orpwood  I’m sitting on my meditation pillow for the thousandth time searching for clarity.  Initially, going within feels like traversing a jungle; swinging from one thought branch to another.  I’m itching for some peace and I’m almost certain this isn’t the way to it.  But, I’ve been here before and I won’t… Continue reading Inner Goddess (Love) v. Inner Garbage (Fear)

Forgiveness · Healing · Spirituality · Yoga

~The Practices of Forgiveness & Yoga~

(Photo by Holly Sierra) Forgiveness and yoga require consistent practice.  As we engage in each, healing unfolds in the body, mind, and soul.  Forgiveness and yoga exist in a symbiotic relationship: forgiveness allows us to release emotional blockages that affect the body/mind, and yoga delivers us to more empowered and peaceful states within the body/mind… Continue reading ~The Practices of Forgiveness & Yoga~

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My Time on the Front Lines w/the Goddess of Destruction & Liberation (aka Kali Ma)

For almost two years, I kept an image of Kali Ma, the Hindu Goddess of Destruction (which is ultimately linked to Liberation) on my mirror.  Every day I would pray to Her, fervently pleading for the eradication of what keeps me bound to lower ways of being and thinking.  As legends tell us, Kali is… Continue reading My Time on the Front Lines w/the Goddess of Destruction & Liberation (aka Kali Ma)

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From Offline to Inside: 2 Months Off the Web and (Another) Journey Within

“Hey, can you take this pic of my friends and me really quickly?” 15 pictures later and a perfect filter, I’m posting some moment that just transpired in my life. The likes come streaming in as do comments and I feel quick hits bolstering my self-esteem…like some fine rush of sugar. “Mooommm! Come here!!! Look… Continue reading From Offline to Inside: 2 Months Off the Web and (Another) Journey Within

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Spiritual Bypassing: An Ineffective “Spiritual” Practice

“Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs.” ~ Robert Augustus Masters, PhD Ah yes, spiritual bypassing. I’ve been there, and at times, continue to visit this ineffective terrain of spirituality. … Continue reading Spiritual Bypassing: An Ineffective “Spiritual” Practice

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Femininity, Masculinity, and Spirituality

Gender. Sex. Expression. Authenticity. Social conditioning. Roles. Religion. Spirituality. What makes a Woman? A Man? What truly comprises the Masculine and Feminine? Sex = biological and physiological characteristics that define the bodies of men and women. Gender = socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.… Continue reading Femininity, Masculinity, and Spirituality