We sat in a circle sharing our recent experiences of invisibility. We had each offered our passions and our wisdom to others in our circle of influence. We were ignored or discounted as women often are, especially older women. As we pondered, “Is there something wrong with me…with my way of being in the world?” […]
This is one of my main topics because my spiritual journey is a central focus of my life. I am known for writing authentically, vulnerably, and courageously about difficult topics in a heart-felt manner. This is the primary way I share my wisdom. I share honestly about my growth challenges and how they help me evolve. My focus is on reflections related to my inner life of spirit.
Spiritual realization is simply awakening to a direct stable perception that all beings are already and only the one Beingness of all things. … Full enlightenment isn’t required, but an intuition of this orientation is a necessary foundation for a healthy relationship to soul work. ~Terry Patten Our Integral Spirituality Book Study Group chose Terry […]
In many ways, my recent confrontation with the unwieldy and heartless Medicaid bureaucracy mirrors the experiences I wrote about in my memoir, A Long Awakening to Grace. I had naively believed that my daughter had achieved stability and I was past having to fight the system on her behalf. The wisdom and trust in the […]
The most important lesson I have learned in the fifty years I have spent working toward the building of a better world is that the true work of social transformation starts within. It begins inside your own heart and mind, because the battleground of human transformation is really, more than any other thing, the struggle […]
After my initial shock and disgust, I reflected upon and wrestled with these questions as continuing revelations of sexual misconduct by powerful and influential men made the headlines: How might our relationships be different if sex was revered as sacred? …if the body of our partner was cherished and treated with reverence? …if the raw […]
How do people ever come to understanding of each other? I’ve pondered this question since receiving advice to exclude references to faith and spirituality from descriptions of my memoir. It is clear that many people use the same words and give them vastly different meanings. These past few weeks, I have been in a process of clarifying […]