make a deeper feelings mandala

make a deeper feelings mandala

Last month I sent my newsletter subscribers some ideas for reflecting on their deeper needs. I asked them to set aside (for the moment) any resolutions or actions they planned to take this year and simply check in with themselves by finishing these sentences: I am… I have… I feel… Why not try it yourself … Continue reading

inner work: shadows & light

inner work: shadows & light

Adrift. Betwixt. Between. Limbo. I was feeling all of it last November when I realized I needed a creative ritual to see me through the end of the year. For a couple of days I pondered one compelling idea after another, until finally settling on what was right in front of me: writing prompts I’d … Continue reading

take care: for all of us

take care: for all of us

These words–Take Care–I’m very familiar with them. I regularly sign off with them on emails, cards, letters and the like. And even though they’re kind of old fashioned, I always send them out with a deep wish for the person receiving them to feel cared for and about by me, as well as by themselves … Continue reading

Year End Wisdom

Year End Wisdom

You are wise. How do I know that? Well, you can’t do the work I do without realizing at some point that people are filled with ocean-deep understanding, about themselves and about life. Of course, it’s easy to get disconnected from this inner wisdom. We forget and remember it a million times in our lives, … Continue reading

period of adjustment

period of adjustment

The acorns have been dropping for well over a month. Tink! Clang! Thud! Bing! Donk! They rain down on the tile roof and the wood deck, making all kinds of racket. When you’re in the house and the wind picks up, it’s like a mighty hail storm’s going on out there, complete with gargantuan chunks of ice. (Only they’re … Continue reading

create something just for you

create something just for you

I need a creative ritual. That’s what I’ve been thinking lately, as I get closer and closer to end of my journey. (By the way, I passed my first test!) As much as I need to focus now, I also need to be grounded by a small creative practice. I’ve had to relegate a lot … Continue reading

be like jazz

be like jazz

be like jazz::improvise Although I no longer read the newspaper each day, I do luxuriate in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. Especially the “pink” section, the ubiquitous weekly insert that covers arts and entertainment. I can’t even remember a time when there wasn’t a pink section; for all I know it’s been around since I … Continue reading

living deep: thank you to all who make the journey

living deep: thank you to all who make the journey

Sometimes I’ll get a note or an email from a client I worked with years ago. And I do mean years ago. Like maybe a decade ago, because I’ve been counseling and coaching, in one professional incarnation or another, for over 13 years. When these missives arrive from former clients my first response is always … Continue reading

loving your drama queen

loving your drama queen

That’s me in the photo, with my brother Mike. I was about five-years-old, sporting my mom’s sunglasses and my grandmother’s cigarette holder. I remember the day vividly: sunny, summer, goofing around with my brothers at my grandparents’ house. But then things turned. I don’t remember why or what caused it. All I know is I … Continue reading

dolls: a little piece of soul

dolls: a little piece of soul

It seems I’m far beyond the age for playing with dolls. And yet, during the past year or so, I’ve made two dolls, both times in the company of other women. Let me tell you, sitting together in a circle and creating these small dolls has been a treasure, both the process and the outcome. … Continue reading