THIS WEEK’S READ:
Wishes rarely come true.
Wishes aren’t the same as intentions. Think about it: can you even remember half the wishes you made as you blew out the candles on your numerous birthday cakes? Did you think about them much after the moment of wishing?
A wish has very little energy behind it. It’s a thought on the wind, a vague hope.
But an intention? Now that’s another story. Or at least it should be.
Let’s start with the basics:
An intention is not the same thing as a wish.
If a wish is a vague hope, an intention is an expertly shot arrow.
Sure, every once in a while a complete neophyte hits the target (and a random wish might, too), but if you want to have any degree of success at this whole intending thing, you need to treat it like art… or like archery: you must hone your craft and become one hell of a marksman.
The best way to do this?
It's pretty tough to hear the small, still voice of your inner divinity while juggling a job, two kids, and a mortgage. That's why my first spiritual teacher— who insisted that I was a modern-day priestess— admonished me never to get married or have kids or dogs or...read more
My students often want to know what their purpose is; ancient stories tell us we all have a unique purpose called our "medicine." Our best medicine is this original medicine: the spark you brought into this life that is yours and yours alone. When you live from this...read more
You must have beginner's mind, breathes the modern day yogini, face serene, eyes soft. Quiet chanting wafts through the speakers to mingle with the faded scent of incense, creating an ambience of wisdom. Beginner's mind, you think, yes... But thinking is not the same...read more
"The biggest determining factor for friendship is proximity." My mom picked up this tidbit back when she was studying for her Masters in Family Therapy. I know proximity is not as sexy as soulmates. But having watched friendships form and shift over the years, I think...read more
Have I said thank you lately? I've been writing... drinking tea... writing some more. Book #2 (my oh-so-creative working title for this creation in process) is due in two months. Holy kamole. (The tea of choice this week is jasmine green with a big dollop of...read more
What do you feel from the Earth? When you turn your attention not to an individual aspect of nature, but to the great matrix of the planet, what do you notice? Tuning into the Earth is an exercise I did many times as a student and have since repeated many times with...read more
My herbal teacher started every class with a recitation of lineage: My name is Gina McGarry. My teacher was Rosemary Gladstar, whose teacher was Juliette de Baïracli Levy, whose teachers were the Romani gypsies. I carried this opening recitation into my own teaching,...read more
My sister did her Master’s degree in Haifa, where she fell in love with an Israeli man. Their courtship was conducted in running shoes—first jogging on the beaches of the Mediterranean and later in airports running to catch Trans-Atlantic flights. Now she and her...read more
“Everything’s sacred,” she wrote… with her thumbs, I’m figuring, since this was Instagram. Maybe she would have written more had she had a few fingers at her disposal. But maybe not. Sacred is trending and witch is a fad, so much so that Vogue (yes, the fashion...read more
What if stories are soul maps to heal what is broken? Remember the movie Erin Brockovich? In case you never saw it, here’s the 20-second recap: Erin Brockovich (played by Julia Roberts) is a down-on-her-luck single mom desperately searching for a job. Unfortunately...read more
You’re Gonna Get Pushback (and That’s Okay) and Other Shareables As I Begin My 49th Turn Round the Sun
We gain a year, a “birthday," at the end of the cycle. So you're born, you make it through a year, and you get the tally mark for that year (your first birthday) when it’s complete and you’re beginning your second year. I’ve made it through 48 years and I'm embarking...read more
Ever Wondered "Can Natural Products Hurt Me?" I got a call a few weeks back from a local restaurateur asking me if I had any idea how to help one of her waiters detox from Kratom. Kratom is an Asian herb which has become popular in the past few years for pain. Her...read more
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