I’ve Never Been to Paris, Thoughts on Death and the Afterlife

When I saw my mother, I didn’t know it was going to be for the last time.  Cancer had whittled away her vital persona to a limp, lifeless, form on the bed, bones pushing against flaccid skin.   I walked into my parents’ bedroom, something I had done hundreds, thousands, of times before. Not like this, though. Not dreading to see what cancer had taken from my mother this time….Read more

THERE IS NO RESOLUTION…So Don’t Look For One

You’re in a relationship. It’s been going well for a few months. Then, a major misunderstanding occurs: you think one way, he/she thinks the other. A stand-off occurs. What needs to happen is to resolve the issue so the two of you can go forward, right? Not necessarily.   Resolution is a construct of the ego, not of our higher nature or divine self. In times of conflict, we are…Read more

Soul Attraction— Destiny or Free Will?

You meet someone, a total stranger. Immediately there is attraction on many different levels. You discover there are plenty of commonalities and similarities. There is ease between the two of you. It feels like you’ve known this person for years, if not lifetimes.   Your mind races with different thoughts— Is this person a soul mate? A twin flame perhaps? Were you supposed to meet at this predetermined time in…Read more

Remembering the Beloved

“You just love until you and the beloved become one.” I recently read this quote on Facebook.   This got me thinking.   There is a Jewish mantra, Ani L’Dodi,v’Dodi Li —that translates to: “I am My Beloved’s, and My Beloved is Mine.”   This is romantic, yet at the same time demonstrates possession and attachment, more on the level of the ego/personality self.   With a simple shift in words, it…Read more

Silence of the Gaps

“It has been said that it’s the space between the bars that holds the tiger. And it’s the silence between the notes that makes the music. It is out of the silence, or “the gap,” or that space between our thoughts, that everything is created—including our own bliss.” Dr. Wayne Dyer 1   The gaps in life…those interminable periods of silence, with no interaction,  alone with one’s thoughts. Those gaps…Read more

Love is Magic: Truth and Illusion in Relationship

The two of you meet— check Energy flows—check Eye contact —check Smiles—check Conversation—check The dance begins—check   Ah, the beginning of a relationship. The exciting, tingling, high of love’s emotional roller coaster. Being on our best behavior, putting our best foot forward, allowing others to see our good side…This is ME we confidently radiate to our newfound love.     Are we really who we present ourselves as?   Is…Read more

LENNON Lied

John Lennon lied.     So did Paul, George and Ringo.   Love is NOT all you need.   I should know. I’ve been there, experienced the great highs and lows of love’s giddy roller coaster and I’m here to say that love is not all you need.   You DEFINITELY need more.   Love is a great place to start. Don’t get me wrong. To have it as part…Read more

Learning from the Pain of Love

Why is it that we humans learn from pain so much better than from love? Or better yet, why do we learn from the pain of love rather than love itself? Perhaps the pain initially pushes us into survival mode, then potentially, we begin to grow, to thrive, stimulating invention and creativity.   All was well. Or so I thought…   And then, one autumn day, I was given the…Read more

Listening For Love

Summer’s here.   Long, hot, lazy weekend afternoons… Lounging in a hammock, reading, sipping ice tea. Instinctively turning to poetry, specifically about love and the heart.     Something about the heat of the summer and the glow of the evening light ignites that steamy side; perhaps they rouse the fires of passion that have gone to sleep and hibernated over the winter.   When one is considering the topic…Read more

The Age of Organized Irresponsibility: (And) The Importance of Being C. Wright Mills

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“Organized irresponsibility, in this impersonal sense, is this leading characteristic of modern industrial societies everywhere. On every hand the individual is confronted with seemingly remote organizations; he feels dwarfed and helpless before the managerial cadres and their manipulated and manipulative minions.”  C. Wright Mills, White Collar: The American Middle Classes, (1951)     ORGANIZED IRRESPONSIBILITY is no longer the American phenomenon that C. Wright Mills described in the 1950s. The global financial…Read more

Passion or Obsession: Find Out

RIDING THE WAVES OF PASSION IN AN OCEAN (FULL) OF OBSESSION   “Love is passion. Obsession. Someone you can’t live without. Someone you fall head over heels for. Find someone you can love like crazy, and will love you the same way back. Listen to your heart. No sense in life without this. To make the journey without falling deeply in love, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have…Read more

“I Won’t Fall in Love Again” – Thrills and Chills of the Hero’s Journey to Relationship

The Universal Law of Attraction states that we beckon those into to our life who push our buttons, trigger us, and reflect back to us our wounds and darkness.   When a relationship goes sour, most of us vow: NOT AGAIN.   “I won’t fall in love, again,” we tell ourselves and our friends.   However, time passes, wounds heal, we forget our hurts; and soon find ourselves in the embrace of…Read more

How to become a more loving human being

In a society obsessed with love, finding love is top of mind for most people. Most people think they can attain this by finding the right person – Mr. Right or Ms. Right.   The game shows and reality programming of everyday life are all built around these questions: How do I find true love? How do I know that the love I have is the true love of my…Read more

Contributors

Michael Hviid Jacobsen Aalborg, Denmark Keith Tester Hull, United Kingdom Jaime Tomas Page Pliego Chiapas, Mexico Debra Clark Texas, USA Brett Davidson Basel, Switzerland Fraser Stables Massachusetts, USA Paola Sanchez New York, USA Dennis Dodson Colorado, USA Paul Smith Houston, USA Brooke Becker Connecticut, USA María D Gómez Mexico City Shankar Ramachandran Mumbai, India Shradha Kanwar Delhi, India Sanjanthi Velu Baltimore, USA Erin Royer Pennsylvania, USA Vanessa Armendariz Nijmegen, Netherlands…Read more