January 20, 2016

Gratitude comes most easily for me when the sun is shining and I'm swimming in the sea, dancing with the leaves, or drinking in the wild air.

But what if I could practice gratitude all the time? What if I could appreciate the world for the beauty it holds, right now, in every moment? And when the now moment doesn't always look like the shining sun or dancing leaves? Then what?

I'm reminding myself to practice some radical gratitude this week. Will you join me?

I am grateful for this small scratch on my knuckles that stings and smarts. I am grateful because it made me look down at my hands and realize what I can do with them! I have both healthy hands to type these...

January 18, 2016

 

There are some who believe that John Lennon is alive and well and living in a piano.

 

Well, not literally living in a piano. They feel that the essence of his message of peace and love was infused into the piano when he composed Imagine, and that if you touch and play it, you can feel his presence within you.

 

When Caroline True took the piano on tour to cities and towns that had suffered a recent tragedy, even the hardiest of skeptics were moved by it. One woman said after playing it, that “it was like sleeping in your grandpa's sweatshirt at night. Familiar, beautiful, and personal."

 

Believing that you can feel the spirit of John Lennon in a piano is a form of...

January 11, 2016

We all question the purpose of our existence at one time or another. If “Why am I here” turns into “My life is utterly meaningless,” then it might be a good time to take a break, get out of town, and go “find” yourself.  Here are the 6 best places to do that.

 

Shikoku, Japan

 

This Japanese island is the birthplace of the revered Buddhist monk and teacher Kobo-Daishi. Visitors can take a pilgrimage on a 750-mile trek that connects 88 Buddhist temples. Each leg of the journey represents a separate path to Nirvana.

 

Camino de Santiago, Spain

 

The Camino de Santiago has been a Christian pilgrimage for a thousand years. There are many roads that one can walk that all le...

January 10, 2016

 

I volunteer quite a bit. When I mention it to people, I feel strangely uncomfortable when they say things like “How wonderful to do such a kind and selfless thing.” I was never really sure where my discomfort came from until recently.

 

There is a man at the soup kitchen that I occasionally volunteer at, who has been there for many years. When a volunteer mentioned to him that his kindness was an inspiration to her, he said “Don’t be inspired by me. It’s not kindness that motivates me to serve- it’s guilt.”

 

That statement stopped me in my tracks and made me think. Could guilt also be the motivating factor behind my kindness, and is that the reason behind why I a...

January 9, 2016

Photo by Stuart Miles

 

 I’ve been internet dating for a few years now, and while I’ve had a few clunkers and definitely haven’t found “the One,” It’s been a fairly pleasant experience. Most of my single friends in the spiritual community haven’t had the same experience, though. I’ve heard that online dating can be quite the horror show.

 

 The average persons’ approach to dating online is the “accuracy through volume” method.  They date as many people as possible in the hopes that the right person will eventually show up. To me, going at it like that is kind of like throwing darts at a moving target. If you throw enough of them, odds are that at some point you wil...

January 8, 2016

People used to use talk about the power of acceptance to me all the time and I would just blow it off! Who needs to accept things when we can just fight and use our determination to get what we want?!!? I truly did not see its value or its importance. I usually always got what I wanted if I tried long enough, pushed long enough, or strained long enough. 

 

But you see, the universe always has creative ways of teaching us what we refuse to organically learn. What started to happen was, no matter how hard I tried to get the result I wanted, it did not come to fruition! “How could that be?” I asked myself. I kept trying harder and harder with no success. I finally h...

January 5, 2016

I am an artist.  I have considered myself an artist for as long as I can remember.  When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always stated “artist”. That being said, I want you to know it took me a long time to understand what that really meant and what creativity really means.  Seems like it is pretty self-explanatory, creativity is creating something.  And while that is most definitely true, there is so much more to the process, and it encompasses every single person on this planet, whether they realize it or not.

Because I also teach I am amazed at how many people, including some artists, who say they aren't creative.  It seems that all...

January 4, 2016

Having a psychically gifted child can be a disconcerting experience for a parent. Many intuitive children can find their gifts frightening and are highly sensitive to the opinions of others about it. They can have a rough time trying to distinguish the difference between what is theirs and someone else's stuff. Sometimes one parent will believe in the child's abilities, while the other does not, which can cause a rift in the family and confusion in the child.

 

Most parents want the best for their children, but they are not sure how to respond to them when it comes to their gifts. Should they encourage them, ignore what's happening, or hope they grow out of it? I...

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