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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional

What does Suffering mean to you? Leesa Renee Hall is an author on Patreon I subscribe to for writing prompts. I love this discipline of using prompts and I write every morning and evening either with one of her prompts or with whatever chatter is consuming my mind and the energy of my body. This […]

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Gravity. Love. Prayer.

Gravity. Love. Prayer.

The sky at dawn has this tentative light that emerges. In the mid day sky, clouds often appear white or wispy Gray. At dawn and dusk, they emerge as these dark impressions on this vast canvas of light that is the sky. I marvel at this often. And now, mid March in Southwestern Pa, the […]

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Birthdays, Menopause and More

Birthdays, Menopause and More

Happy Birthday to me! 52 years on this planet. Having a Birthday towards the end of the Calendar year has often lent itself for space for reflection. This year has been fairly intense. Traveled to Guinea, West Africa for the third time with a life long friend and SFU students for a life changing, heart […]

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Intentions- #0002

Welcome to episode #0002 of the 814 Grounded Pod. Today we offer a guided writing practice to explore intentions to prepare for this new year. We want to focus to go “Out with the old and in with the new.” During this episode we ask for you to write freely based on the following prompts: […]

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Ring in the New Year with Intention, Clarity and Hope.

Ring in the New Year with Intention, Clarity and Hope.

2017 for me, began in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, West Africa with a festive soirée that began with a shared meal and had lots of dancing and merry making! 2017 comes to a close celebrating the birth of our first grandchild, Anthony Michael Bayush born on December 14 to Johnny (my son) and […]

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Survivors! You Are Not Alone. From Despair, Hope Rises

Survivors! You Are Not Alone. From Despair, Hope Rises

Silence is no longer the only option. I find myself in the last month, unpacking and releasing internalized shame that I didn’t realize existed and am certainly not going to hold onto. This is a painful process but I have found if I have my tools of yoga, breathing, finding neutrality first, then on the […]

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Living into Patience and Tenderness

Living into Patience and Tenderness

Getting back into my groove with writing again. Have spent some amazing and challenging time in the past few months in immersions with communities committed to doing the work internally to build capacity to withstand the enormous discomfort of our times. We know what we know. We don’t know what we don’t know.  Being curious […]

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3 Fold practice to be Sustainable in Chaos.

3 Fold practice to be Sustainable in Chaos.

  Tyrants, Fear Mongers and Bullies are showing up. They are currently occupying the White House. They are showing up with symbols of race hatred and ethnic intimidation throughout our nation. They exist in my community here under the guise of being crusaders and weeding out corruption making slanderous and false accusations, twisting language and […]

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