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#374 Your replies

Last issue I asked, "what is your way of thinking of your practice?" Here’s the first response. I’m glad you asked about our practice! I started practicing Breath and Water when I took your class, probably 30 years ago. You said then that if we practiced Breath and...

#374 Sanctuary

My friend Marcy refers to her meditation practice as her Sanctuary. I think that’s a beautiful image. Sanctuary. It made me wonder—what is your way of thinking of your practice? Whether it’s Breath and Water, yoga, meditation, prayer, or something else, how does your...

#371 Gratitude, the Great Healer

Gratitude, the Great Healer Gratitude may not heal your broken bone; it may not heal your challenging desease; it may not heal your toothache. (Although, who knows?) But gratitude will heal your mindset. And your mindset contributes enormously to your situation....

#370 What Do You Say?

Do you speak to your body? What do you say? Do your words cause you to feel glad? Do you speak about your body? What do you say? Do your words cause a pleasurable feeling of contentment?

#368 The Last Day

This was first published on April 9, 2019. Someone recently brought it to my attention, saying: “This has been taped to my bathroom mirror for so long it’s turned yellow." It’s the last day of your life. Who will you choose to be? How will you choose to feel? What...

#367 I Stalk Beliefs

I saw one of my Signal Fires quoted in a book (with my permission, but I’d forgotten) I like it, so I’m sharing it again.  Which leads me to say that, having been urged by several readers and for several years, I have agreed to go though the past issues of Signal...

#365 Retired?

I want to share this email I got recently: “I know that you’re retired, but I could really use a reading. Is there any chance you could make an exception for me?” RETIRED? I don’t consider the work I do a job from which I'd want to retire. It’s an ability I have, an...

#364 Resiliency

It’s been a rough few years for many of us, what with COVID and all that has entailed, including loss of jobs and even death. And of course the greater cultural rhetoric—anti-woman, anti-Black, anti-all people of color, anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-immigrant. Etcetera....

#362 Let Go

From Clarissa Pinkola Estés A Prayer to Open Doors. I would ask you to do this one thing. I would ask you to heal your wounds completely, to the best of your ability, and to let the rest go. I would ask you to heal your wounds completely, insofar as you can, and to...

#361 I’m in Love!

I’m in love! Yes it’s true, I have fallen in love. 74 years old, and I am completely enthralled. Some of you may know that in the past year I’ve had two total knee replacements. I love my new knees. In fact, I feel about my knees the way you'd feel about a person...