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the ritual of shared appreciations

the ritual of shared appreciations

At the end of each cycle of the women’s creative wisdom circle that I tend, we set aside an evening for shared appreciations. It’s a beautiful ritual. We each light a candle, and then individually we speak our appreciations for every single one of our sisters in the circle. Both laughter and tears flow. Although … Continue reading

true heartfelt desire: be the passion vine

true heartfelt desire: be the passion vine

What is true, heartfelt desire? This is one of those big questions without concrete answers. And after writing yesterday about a certain kind of wanting — that insistent drumbeat going on around us all the time — I feel compelled to write about true, heartfelt desire. Because I believe in the power of desire. And I’m pretty … Continue reading

dark corners of desire

dark corners of desire

Bette Davis. Tallulah Bankhead. Anne Bancroft. Elizabeth Taylor. Stockard Channing. Guess what I have in common with these glorious women? Well, at one time or another in our lives, we all played the same role on stage: Regina in The Little Foxes. Regina is a part that’s been coveted by many women for decades. Regina is what I … Continue reading

relationship collage: rich and messy

relationship collage: rich and messy

“Human relationships are rich; they’re messy and demanding.” No, I didn’t write that sentence I started out with. Credit goes to Sherry Turkle. I sure wish I wrote it, though. Because, well, it’s so sublimely true. Relationships are all of it: Smooth. Rocky. Delightful. Annoying. Transformative. For me, they make life worth living. My deepest … Continue reading

mandorla: the intersection of two circles

mandorla: the intersection of two circles

“A mandorla is that almond-shaped segment that is made when two circles partly overlap… The mandorla has a wonderfully healing and encouraging function. The place where light and dark begin to touch is where miracles arise. This middle place is the mandorla. The mandorla is the place of poetry…All good stories are mandorlas. An artist … Continue reading

my “living the questions” tree

my “living the questions” tree

Yesterday I told you some of the reasons why I love stories. But I forgot that there’s even more I love about them. I especially love the relief they give us from our constant questioning minds. I’m sure you’re familiar with that tape in our brains that can get stuck, rehashing the past or rehearsing the future. … Continue reading

morning routine: draw, write, move. repeat

morning routine: draw, write, move. repeat

I’m not exactly a morning person. In fact, sometimes I wake up feeling a bit jarred because the sun has actually risen and another day has begun. Most days I make the transition from dark to light fairly well, but other days there’s a pressing feeling that accompanies my waking. It could be tension. Or … Continue reading

doodling and claiming my artistic voice

doodling and claiming my artistic voice

I’ve always been a doodler but never thought much about it. My husband often remarked on it, lavishing compliments on me and my doodles that seemed unnecessary. It wasn’t until years later, when I began to understand more about the creative psyche, that I realized he might be responding to the deeper unconscious origins of … Continue reading