In the Dark of Winter, Embrace the Discomforts of Growth

The pandemic. Cooped up inside to avoid the cold. Seasonal affective disorder. Climate change. Mercury retrograde.  Restlessness, discontent, and malaise is not uncommon this time of year, especially during these trying times. Our tendency may be to push through, force a smile onto our faces, and pretend it’s not there. Certainly there are situations that […]

Back To The Trees

We ask you to connect back to the trees and reread this blog by Dr. Kimberly Andrews, originally posted on June 17th of 2020. Now, it is time to head back to the trees. We literally are going to talk about trees in this blog, but I mean this figuratively as well about a sense […]

Mother Earth’s Love Language

We often speak of the golden rule: treat others as we wish to be treated.  But have you heard of the platinum rule: treat others as they wish to be treated? Both are hard, the second is harder.   Understanding what others want can be challenging because we tend to conflate our own needs and wishes with that […]

Prayer For Mother

“Exquisite” best describes the sensory explosions I experienced on my walk through Mother today. Among other places, I frequent her trails along the James River in Central Virginia. Today’s walk wasn’t long but it was filled with the pleasures of sight, sound, color, fragrance, texture, and more. Her endless shades of green filled my eyes. […]

Developmental Theory and the Evolution of Earth and Humanity, Part I

Sure, there are aspects of my younger self that I miss (like my youthful waistline, I have the “Covid 19”), but mostly I wouldn’t want to go back in time for anything.  It’s not that I had a bad childhood or youth.  I don’t wish to go back to the ignorance, stress, and struggle of […]

Rebuilding Back Ethically

2020 was a hard year, but 2021 presents new challenges and more importantly, new opportunities. As the Covid-19 vaccine rolls out and slowly the world reopens, the questions present themselves: How do we want to build back? Do we want to return to where we were before the pandemic? Or do we want to change […]

Exploring Rabbit Holes

If you’re as curious about your human existence as I am, I invite you to join me as I venture down another rabbit hole of self-exploration about the polarities we experience while on planet Earth. I begin entering these rabbit holes with practices I picked up long ago from a wise teacher I encountered. First, […]

Mother Earth’s Love Language

We often speak of the golden rule: treat others as we wish to be treated. But have you heard of the platinum rule: treat others as they wish to be treated? Both are hard, the second is harder. Understanding what others want can be challenging because we tend to conflate our own needs and wishes with that […]

Developmental Stages of Humanity and Earth

Harvard professor Bob Kegan’s adult development theory explains how adults develop on a cognitive level, as opposed to the traditional life stages framework.  In his theory, Kegan describes how adults move through stages defined by ones’ ability to understand and manage complexity. In his book, In Over Our Heads, Kegan describes how we’re, well, in over our […]

The Treasures of Our Yin (Shadow) Side

In religion and spirituality, we often talk about light and love as being good and desirable.  The dark is ignored or discussed as undesirable, often equated to evil.  Is the distinction really so black and white? My background as daughter of Chinese immigrants means that I view darkness from the perspective as providing balance to the light, […]