Pickles, Dragons, and Creativity

Pickles, Dragons, and Creativity

For this article, I’ll write a little bit about my own creative process. I got myself into a pickle this summer... Well more like a big vat of pickles, more like an alchemical crucible I’ve agreed to immerse myself in until, hopefully, something crisp and tart and...

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

People say that what we are all seeking is the meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive. —Joseph Campbell, in an interview with Bill Moyers As Bob Dylan said in one of his songs, “I’m...

The Phoenix Rising – Creativity and Life Force

The Phoenix Rising – Creativity and Life Force

In so many ways, following through on a creative project teaches a radical level of mindfulness and self-compassion, as well as the grace of ruthless, unconditional forgiveness. The creative process instills a remarkable ability to not only tolerate ambiguity and...

Harmony Doesn’t Stand Still

Harmony Doesn’t Stand Still

Recently I was having a catch-up call with a close friend. She spoke of how many years it took for her to be able to love herself for the whole of who she was, where she could be a caring and kind friend, or at least friendish, towards even the more excruciating and...

Music and Healing : The Edge of Science

Music and Healing : The Edge of Science

  “It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth / the minor fall, the major lift.” From the song Halleluja, by Leonard Cohen I found myself in a dilemma in the process of writing this article. That’s not anything new, after all this is the creative process of writing...

Music and Healing – The Art of Listening

Music and Healing – The Art of Listening

I’m both excited and apprehensive about a six week course I will be teaching in the 2019 summer semester at Colorado Mountain College on the subject of music and healing. Wow. Music and Healing. Such immense topics. Both subjects...

Self-Compassion: Making Peace with the Predator

Self-Compassion: Making Peace with the Predator

Mindfulness. Compassion. Self-Compassion. Yeah nice stuff!  I was at at the Department of Motor Vehicles acting a bit spacey and muddled by the time I got to the counter. The nice lady with the camera smiled at me and said, "Take your time. Be mindful." I laughed and...

The Heartbeat of Life : Action and Emptiness

The Heartbeat of Life : Action and Emptiness

I was having a conversation this morning with one of my meditation students, and we got onto the question of action and emptiness. It’s often confusing when to back off from activity and take a break. The worried mind wonders, “Am I copping out?” Shouldn’t I keep...

Taking Flight

Taking Flight

There is a reservoir in the farming community of Eckert, Colorado, where the greater sandhill cranes stop to rest and feed for a night in their annual migration. The landing and takeoff of these giant ancient birds is an unforgettable sight; depending on the year,...

God is an Outlaw Path

God is an Outlaw Path

Sometimes I'm bemused by how the individuals whose lives became the genesis of religious institutions were themselves outlaws: Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad. They were people who just couldn’t follow the rules. Outlaws. Delinquent. Threatening. Then, as institutions grew...