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Archive for December, 2013

2013 Lessons of the Heart

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Back in January, I declared 2013 to be the year of “Daring Deeply.” In my post back in January 2013, I wrote:

My focus in 2013 will be about taking chances on outrageous (and unknown) invitations for new workshops and retreats and daring myself to put my heart-centered work out into the world in greater ways. My purpose is to dig deeper inside my heart so that I can take peaceful actions and dare greatly into vulnerability.

As I reflect back on 2013, I realize how much I have dared greatly. My year started with going through many medical tests and receiving a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. That certainly taught me how to dare deeply physically, mentally, and emotionally.  

Daring deeply required me to slow down and create more meditative practices. It taught me to advocate for myself. It invited me to live with vulnerability and wholeheartedness. It taught me to ask for help and receive. I am grateful for every lesson, every journey of my heart, every tear, every smile, every friendship, every laughter, and every moment that brought me closer to my wild cosmic heart.

2013 was a year to go inside more and live from my heart space. I stepped away from a long-time successful shamanic teaching practice. When I gave myself the space to let go, I discovered profound practices of the heart.

The biggest gift of 2013 was allowing serendipity to replace certainty.

I dared greatly and returned to Hawaii to facilitate an annual wild cosmic heart retreat. I met a group of amazing, courageous, and loving women who opened their hearts and trusted the sacred space we created. The group dared greatly too. And I was deeply honored to share the week with my sister, Mary Ann.

Thank you to everyone who shared themselves with me on my journey – whether you know it or not, you made a difference in my life. Everything became my teacher this year from my month long sabbatical, to birding, to the Pacific Ocean, to a new health condition, to new friendships and spiritual teachers, to Kadampa Meditation Center.

My willingness to put my heart-centered work out into the world opened up possibilities to teach in 2014 and beyond, including Hawaii, Colorado, the Virgin Islands, Canada, and even Cambodia.

It certainly was a year of Daring Deeply! Thank you for sharing it with me. I look forward to sharing more heart centered journeys together in 2014.


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Let This Be Our Moment of Peace

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

PeaceLet there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth The peace that was meant to be. Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. With every step I take…

Yes, let there be peace on earth.

Let there be peace within me. It all begins with ourselves. If we want peace in the world, we need to BE peace in our world.

Let me be the peace.

How will you be peace in your world? Let this be our moment – now.

May the season of hope, miracles, and light allow each of us to be the peace we seek.

Wishing you all a peaceful season of miracles, light, and love, Mary Anne

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Look Again – A Poem by Mary Oliver

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

What you have never noticed about the toad, probably,glowing love
is that his tongue is attached not to the back of his mouth but
the front-how far it extends
when the fly hesitates on a near-enough leaf! Or that

his front feet, which are sometimes padded, hold three nimble
digits — had anyone
a piano small enough I think the toad could learn
to play something, a little Mozart maybe, inside
the cool cellar of the sandy hill — and if

the eyes bulge they have gold rims,
and if the smile is wide it never fails,
and the warts, the delicate uplifts of dust-colored skin, are
neither random nor suggestive of dolor, but rather are little streams of jewelry, in patterns of espousal and pleasure,
running up and down their crooked backs, sweet and alive in the sun.

─Mary Oliver

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Look, Listen, and Feel Again

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Look again at the traffic on I95. Perhaps the highway is a reminder to slow down and breathe.

Look again at the homeless people asking for change. Perhaps this is a reminder of how much abundance I have in my life.

Listen again to the sirens and loud alarms. Perhaps this is a reminder of how much music fills my life.

Feel again the hand tingling, dizziness, and fatigue. Perhaps this is a reminder to rest and just be.

Feel the snow, sleet, and cold air. Perhaps this is a reminder to hibernate and take time to take in the quiet of a new season.

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Seeing Through the Eyes of the Divine

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

“What you seek is seeking you.” ~Rumi

Black & White Hawk FeatherIn this moment, we are both (extra)ordinary and exceptional. In every moment, we are love. When we forget, all we need to do is breathe. Breathe ourselves back to self-love. Follow your breath and let it lead you – home to yourself.

If you really listen, you can hear the universe singing to you…you are loved. And so you are.

I am the one I have been waiting for – I am the one I have been seeking.  And I am the one who I have been learning from all along.

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

Sitting Meditation

East wind blowing snow

Hints of winter fill the sky

Stillness in my eyes

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A Meditation on Mandela

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Join Hands

Join Hearts

Listen to one another

Stand up and speak up

Be peace in words + deeds

Forgive the past

Create a world of harmony

Open the prison of your mind

Expect to work hard

And laugh (at yourself)

Make something happen

Change your world ─ for the better

Walk your journey with an open heart.

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Come Dance with Me

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don’ts,
Not the God who ever does
Anything weird,
But the God who knows only 4 words
And keeps repeating them, saying:
“Come Dance with Me.”
Come Dance.

— Hafiz (1320-1389)

Dance with Me

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A Midwife to My Heart

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Midwife BlogLonging to experience the sacred as I navigate through life, I have read hundreds of spiritual books, traveled to many holy places, met with dozens of beloved teachers, and sat in meditation until my legs (or entire body) fell asleep. Many of the methods have worked and at times they haven’t. But in my quest for the sacred within, I have discovered one way that allows me to experience the divine and go beyond the veil of my own limited beliefs and illusions. That way is the role of midwife to my heart.

My most profound experiences as a midwife to my heart emerge when I am able to step out of the way and be overwhelmed by something far greater than my own opinions, fears, doubts, and worries. Being a midwife of my heart has humbled me, awakened me, challenged me, and healed me. I am being called to show more vulnerability, expand my definition of extended family, and share my deep awareness and emotions with other midwives of the heart. It is our profound connections, our deep desires, and our wild cosmic hearts that connects us in the vastness of inner abyss.

My life and my work has been about being a midwife to the wild and wonderful ─ to the unknown and the uncertainty. Being a midwife to my heart requires a delicate blend of curiosity, courage, trust, wisdom, and the willingness to sit in the pain and discomfort. It’s a willingness to bear witness to what’s happening on the inside and take a deep dive within. As my heart expands, a new way of being is born ─ breath by breath. Every moment becomes sacred and tender.

Being a midwife to my heart can mean risk getting hurt and being mocked. But not doing it means losing some of the most meaningful connections possible. It means charting new waters, leaning into joy, daring greatly, loving deeply, living courageously, and sharing my heart with those who have earned my trust.

The birth of more love, more joy, more peace, and more connection is worth the effort. By being a midwife to my heart, I’ve birthed many meaningful relationships. I have lost some too. Yet, being a midwife to my heart has taught me to appreciate each person and the role they played in birthing new life in the world.

Perhaps you feel called to be a midwife of your heart ─ to the wild, the wonderful, and the unknown. Being a midwife of my heart is a journey and I don’t know where it is going to take me next. I’m ready for new birth and more connection. You are invited to join me in exploring what is too deep for words and too powerful for meaning, yet a miraculous experience of the heart.

Have you experienced being a midwife to your heart? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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Life as Our Classroom

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

I embrace the teacher within me. Life as Classroom

I welcome the student in me.

I invite the lessons of life.

I remain open to learn from others.

I honor every moment as an opportunity.

I am inspired by all who surround me.

I learn from stillness.

I enjoy the wisdom from everyone.

I am open to the flow of learning and teaching.

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