A Return to Listening

light under waterTomorrow is the first day of my birth month, and also the day I will embark on 40 days of Listening as I complete my 40th year. When we come into this world, we cannot speak. We can only express our needs through the most primal of means… crying, smiling, nursing, nestling, hugging, sleep. And most of the time – simply listening, watching, learning. As babies, we embody pure self-expression, observation, love, and compassion in one.

We begin to recognize ourselves as individuals so very gradually after our emergence from the One, the Source. In the meantime, we tune in so absolutely to the energy around us, as we still understand ourselves as part of that Source, One with everything around us. We relate to ourselves as part of the whole – and especially that which nurtures us. Continue reading

Stars, an Angel Wing and Whitewashed Beadboard

Beadboard Hallway Wall Stars Beadboard After CloseupOne long, dark hallway, yards of knotty pine beadboard with chair rail, plus a few of the most frequently used rooms in the house… and Houston, we have a project!  So what’s a DIY girl to do?  Gather up lots of white paint, an angel wing or two, and bunches of stars… of course!

My everlasting kitchen cabinet painting endeavor changed course and became more intensive since I first started, so I’ve been taking a break by finishing up this space instead, which is basically the super highway of the house.   It was so dark and claustrophobic, I loathed to even run to the powder room, so I knew it had to be brighter and more inviting, especially for guests.  I also wanted to incorporate some whimsy, to give this ol’ gal some flavor and personality in an unexpected way. Continue reading

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Gluten Free Cranberry Banana Oat Muffins

Cranberry Banana MuffinMuffins are the handiest treats around!  They’re quick and relatively fool-proof – and so easy to make healthy and wholesome without tons of sugar like you might find in packaged or bakery varieties.  I love to stock extra muffins in the freezer for quick grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks, too.

This cranberry banana oat recipe is mildly sweet, and makes a light-tasting muffin that’s gluten-free.  It’s also a great way to use overripe bananas, which are always in rotating stock at our house. I love using ingredients that are naturally abundant and in season, so I threw in some cranberries for Fall flair.   Continue reading

What I Learned on 9/11

LighthouseI originally posted this to my personal Facebook page yesterday evening, September 11th. Preserving and sharing it here as a reminder of that day:

14 years ago this night, I lit prayer candles on my street corner in Arlington, Virginia, mere blocks from the Pentagon, in vigil for the memory of those lost in the tragic events of 9/11. Earlier that day, after being wakened by the sound of a plane immediately overhead followed by quakes in the ground that shook the building and left cracks in my walls, I rushed outside to witness a thundering plume of smoke that lasted for hours and hours. Continue reading

Inspiring Light

cropped-Stars-jar-e14390884354205.jpgThe inspiration for this site is just that… inspiration! The light in every day, the light in each of us, and the light of all Creation constantly creating!  Here, my humble home projects are how that manifests – and in my work outside the home, it’s in teaching yoga, meditation, and spirituality, among other healing techniques.

There’s a lot of intersection – though sometimes it may not seem so, if you boil it down to simply whipping up a batch of homemade detergent or shabbying up a cabinet. ;)  Though if there’s one thing we learn in the practice of yoga and meditation, it’s that spirit is to be found in all things – all beings, and all activities – from the most holy to the most mundane – and in each moment.

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