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River of Life

We are nourished at the River of Life.

The bounty is found deep within the flow, where currents carry us to our center as we bubble over rocky obstacles to soften the hardness and relieve us of unnecessary burdens, leaving our truth exposed.
The ride is rough, we fight the flow, feeling lost and confused as the shoreline disappears; our solidness and surety slipping away.
We’re pulled beneath the surface to face the dark waters of our fear, shadows looming unseen forces bumping, paralyzing us, till we hold still and finally surrender, ready to peer into our darkness.
At the moment of surrender, we float in the sea of acceptance of all that is and all that has been.
From the center the view is vast, and unlimited possibilities make themselves known that were unseen from the shore.
Moving with the current, we navigate from the depths of our dreams instead of the banks of our fears, and drink from the River of Life.
© Sue Bara

Lotus Meditation

I am open to the Universe like the lotus flower petals delicately stretched out and up to receive all that I need.
At my center there is Love quietly emanating from a calm core of knowing all is well and as it should be.
Love builds from my center gracing each petal in turn as it moves up and out into the Universe.
© Susan Bara

Flowing through Transition

Life's been a bit of a bumpy ride lately and it seems to be that way for lots of folks, so I thought I'd throw out a little inspiration for those of us going through some changes, whether they be small or a complete life overhaul.
We truly have everything we need to live a happy and healthy life, even though we may not always feel it.
We were perfectly built for for this intense, sense-ational world. It lights up our eyes with brilliant colors and textures...fills our ears with sweet birdsongs and the voices of our kin...tantalizes our noses with fragrant flowers and smells that alert us to us nourishment in the form of salty, sweet, sour, and bitter tastes....and tickles our touch with a plethora of things to feel on our sensitive skin.

And sometimes this world feels overwhelming...too many things assault our senses, feelings, and thoughts all at once and we can feel lost. We have too many things to do, too many choices, have to be in too many places at one time, …

The Unfinished Story

Working with plants has taught me to slow down and pay attention. Somehow slowing down makes you wake up. 

Slowing down also can cause a "bubbling up" of things that were set aside for another day. So today, I have a story for you. It's end is not yet written, perhaps you can help?
The heart-people had a beautiful and loving home on the blue planet, and a deep relationship with all other beings on it. They knew the cycles and seasons and their own part within it. 

Green beings, winged ones, crawlers, swimmers, two-leggeds, four-leggeds, and elemental forces ebbed and flowed in peace and harmony, each individual a unique part of the whole. The heart-people relied on and understood what was theirs to use and then return for the good of all. One being's trash was another being's treasure, everything having a purpose and use. They held hands and hearts together, whether they liked their neighbor or not, for they were dependent upon one another in all manners of living. …

Deja Vu - My Messy Beautiful

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There's no parenting manual that comes with a child, though I'm pretty sure my gynecologist checked thoroughly for it while he was helping me deliver my son. I assume that's what he was looking for, he was down there for so long. I switched to a female doctor the second time around, thinking she'd be more familiar with the parts and could maybe unearth the coveted instructions. Nope, still no manual when my daughter was born either.
We do the best we can as parents, making educated guesses most of the time or doing some serious wishful thinking at 3am. You'd think that sparkly, pointy, fairy wand I stepped on would work as something other than a weapon on my bare foot. And we won't mention those…

Of Women, Wisdom, and Water

400 women from the four directions coalesced on Yavapai/Apache land near Montezuma Well in Arizona, answering the call put out by the The International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. It was a call for healing and prayers for our waters and for the next 7 generations.
There is something special about women coming together...something intensely sacred. We are strong, we are opinionated, we are meek, we are mild, some of us are broken and beaten down, and we can be as cruel as we are kind. We can stand on different sides of an issue with ferocity, but when a woman cries out for help, a sister steps up. There is an unspoken bond of womanhood of which I know no match; a compassion that rises unhindered when the cry is heard. 
To stand in this circle of women who agreed to come, pray, and listen to the wisdom of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers moved me. To realize that we not only showed up for a weekend of learning and work, we committed to a lifetime of it. By showing up at this …

World Water Day: March 22

Rivers, rain, sweat, blood, and tears,
Cycling, recycling, for thousands of years.
Filling a need for all that is living,
Water's sweet nourishment never stops giving.

Water provides the gift of life, for no living thing on this planet can survive without it. And yet, we go through most of our days without even a single thought about it, as water enters our homes through pipes and gushes forth for our every need as we open our faucets.
Let us remember this gift, and let us rejoice and celebrate it. Let us be more respectful of this limited resource we cannot live without.  Let us make amends for what we have done to this vital element and begin the healing work.
Each one of us can make a difference. 
Saturday is World Water Day, an opportunity to show gratitude for our life-giving waters, and a chance to start anew. Let us begin the work of repairing the damage we have done, for we are slowly destroying ourselves and everything on this planet as we continue to pollute this critical resou…


Always Never Only Would.
Don't Won't Can't Should.
Making claims, Judgment falls. Limitations Bind us all.
Proud Exclusive Chosen Elect.
Loser Bitch Lazy Disrespect.
Compare, contrast Mete out worth Based on looks Or place of birth.
Fear feeds beliefs That serve to divide "My way is better...  Choose the right side."

A wise woman, Rev. Nancy Dean, once said, "Speak the truth with love." That phrase resonated with me at the time and I have carried that as a mantra with me ever since. I believe it's important to speak our truth. I believe it's even more important to do so with love.
Speaking our truth with love means we choose to stand in what we believe is right and true. It means we have the right to share our thoughts, facts, and opinions with kindness, and the responsibility to inform rather than prove someone else wrong. The intent to prove someone wrong can be harmful. The intent to inform, if done with love, can be enlightening and lifting to another.
Love leaves roo…

A New Story

We are born into this bright, beautiful world that supports our every need. We are beings who thrive in an environment of cooperation. Our diverse views and understandings help us balance one another so all can live sustainably. We are an adaptive species that is built to flex and can weather many changes. 

I do believe that is the story of humans, though I'm sure the state of our lives and world right now may feel far from that, being scary and overwhelming. It may even feel as if we've gotten stuck in a rut that's hard to get out of, spinning our wheels as we try to repair things that aren't working.

Feeling stuck and frustrated can be a good thing, because it motivates us to do something different. Sometimes we need to sit in our "stuckness" for a bit so that we can realize what we do not want life to be like. It's as important to know what we don't want as it is to know what we do want.

If we're living in a way that makes us unhappy, or filled…