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The Velveteen Rabbit on Being Real

What does it mean to be Real? to be seen? to belong? to connect? to be loved? to be Wholehearted? Here’s an inspiring passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, the 1992 children’s classic by Margery Williams. I recently came across the quote in Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly. The Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit what …Read More

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The four universal healing salves

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we …Read More

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David Whyte: The TrueLove

The poet and philosopher, David Whyte, captures the unseen territory in our lives with the inspiring landscapes of his words. “There is a faith in loving fiercely…” The above words open David Whyte’s poem, TRUELOVE. and immediately captivate me because of my own poem, Loving Fiercely. I can’t remember if I had read his poem before …Read More

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Kevin Kling: Lost and Found

“Now when you’re born into loss, you grow from it. But when you experience loss later in life, you grow toward it.” Kevin Kling is a well-known, infectiously funny, and deeply touching storyteller, poet, and playwright. He has the distinction of having being born with a disability and also acquiring one later in life. He …Read More

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The Power of Song – “This Little Light of Mine”

“Sound is a way to extend the territory you can affect, so people can walk into you way before they can get close to your body. And certainly the communal singing that people do together is a way of announcing that we’re here, that this is real. And so anybody who comes into that space, …Read More