The Medicine I Need

The Medicine I Need

The bat symbolizes darkness, letting go, death and re-birth. Even my animal spirit guide cards have got my number. There is no avoiding my assignment, no escaping my mission. It always comes back to death. I always find myself in the dark. And I wouldn’t have it any...
Missing Something

Missing Something

I experience the world as an intricate web of interrelated metaphors. Metaphors help me make sense of and work through challenges in my life. When it comes to messages from my body, I find this especially helpful. Metaphors usually help me gain insight about the...
Altar Reflections

Altar Reflections

I have had an altar space in my home for several years. It’s where I keep my candles, guidance cards, essential oils, palo santo, sage, crystals, etc. — special things. I typically meditate and journal near my altar in the morning, pulling out whatever...
Peso the BLUE Heeler

Peso the BLUE Heeler

The first time I gave Peso a bath I accidentally dyed him blue.   Not kinda blue. He was white. And then he was BLUE. Through and through. Like a smurf.   How did that happen? Great question.   I rinsed him with a bucket of water to which I had added...
Home-free

Home-free

Dear friends,   I was recently abruptly displaced from my home right after suffering the loss of my dearest soul-sister-friend. Being without a home in SF while grieving an overwhelming loss has placed me on a transformative journey that is inspiring in me a new...
What I Learned Being Cared For By Nurses

What I Learned Being Cared For By Nurses

I have been present for moments surrounding nearly a thousand deaths, an honor that few experience, but to me, is much more than a job. As a hospice nurse I have borne witness to some of the most profound moments of people’s lives, the end for some, and the loss, pain...
Grief and Life

Grief and Life

Lately I am particularly perplexed by the popular notion that people who have died would want us to be happy. I’m sure that’s true. But one thing I know for sure about the person I have most recently loved and lost is that, above all, she would want me to...
The Courage To Be Different

The Courage To Be Different

Tonight I was going through some special things and I found this card from Chelsea. “M, God has blessed you with many gifts, and you know it is your task to realize them. May you never underestimate your potential, may you never lose hope. May you find the...
If Stars Had Eyes

If Stars Had Eyes

It occurred to me recently that the same stars have watched my whole life. While I have been down here moving and spinning, going through ups, downs, turmoil and joys — they haven’t moved. There they are, just steadily witnessing me unfold. It seems like a...

We Are Meant To Connect

I am TENDER. This grief is shaking my soul. I do not have my feet on the ground. I am not fully back in this world. … Time, linear things, focus and even communicating with out loud words feels foreign and weird. This leaves me acutely aware of the small kind...

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