Lessons from Baxter the Wonder Dog

Morning light creeps into my bedroom, and the first sound I listen for is the flap-flap-flapping of Baxter’s ears as he shakes them out.  Then he does a perfect adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog) followed by urdhva mukha svanasana (upward-facing dog).  He is a better yogi than I, as he practices these two asanas several…

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The Woman in the Mirror

I was asked one of the toughest questions ever this week by a friend and fellow writer:  How do I love the part of me that I hate?  It’s the sort of question that lands like a concrete block—heavy and quite easy to stumble over—but it deserves an answer. First, I think hate is a…

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How to Let Go of the Past

One of my favorite lyrics is in a song called “Rise Up” on the album Goddess Chant by Shawna Carol: The past is over; it can touch me not. Let’s celebrate now all we’ve got. The song reminds me to look at what is here and now in my life, not what I left behind me. …

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The Four-Fold Goddess

Wicca owes at least some of its emphasis on the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone) to Robert Graves, a poet and author who wrote a book-length essay entitled The White Goddess.  The work was first published in 1948, and within its pages, Graves tried to make a case for a European goddess of Birth, Love,…

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Creativity

I often say that writing or any creative pursuit is like giving birth—first, there is conception, an idea that has been planted in the mind, a divine little spark that bursts forth with energy and excitement. Think of a nebula—a big cloud of swirling dust and gas that will eventually shine down to Earth as…

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