Peacock

Peacock, “Are you proud or simply being true?” Peacocks are known for their color-saturated feathers. Still, if we take a closer look, we see dark and dull ones, too. Peacock invites us to wholeness. Imagine being swept away in Love’s … Read More

Lizards and Pick-Up Sticks

I remember the anticipation I felt playing pick-up sticks, as a child. Who could pull a stick out from the heap, without disturbing the pile? Similarly, in life, we never really know if or how our words and actions will … Read More

Vaporize

I saw it in the other, because I noticed it in myself, and vice versa. Anything we substantiate, becomes a target. When we vaporize our identities; however, arrows can fly through us. On one side, I could have ignored the … Read More

Jaguar

People often ask, “What happens in a spiritual direction session?” Rather than describing spiritual direction with all its uniquenesses, let’s engage in a group exercise. A friend recently shared, Missionary Eaten by a Jaguar, by artist Noé León, on social … Read More

Panther

Twenty-six years ago, the dark night of my soul met me like a ferocious panther. There, I entered the unknown to face myself. Curiously, as I accepted all of me, the universe became more benevolent, as well. Traditions, communities, families, … Read More

Wild Boar

Before moving west, I lived in America’s evangelical south. During our country’s recent upheaval, I have read prayers like, “Lord Jesus, come and rescue us.” If we’ve never done heart wrenching soul work, we are surprised when Life confronts us … Read More

Spirit and Flesh

For a long time, we could keep them separate. Then a babe in a manger moved us along to seeing both spirit and flesh, wrapped up together in swaddling clothes. Being both human and divine, Jesus invited us to embrace … Read More

Nouns and Verbs

My question was more of an expression of wonder. I was not expecting an answer, yet a shooting star, like a big white horse, sped straight over my head. Images and actions give us stories, complete with nouns and verbs. … Read More

Peace

Peering out the window, I watched Dove swoop down through the air and land on Mother Earth. Dove’s presence alone, offered the peace I needed. When we are grieving, nature offers us healing like few remedies can. One day, everything … Read More

Hummingbird

Hummingbird left a message, before traveling south for the winter. Cultivate joy.  When circumstances rob us of Essence, it may be time to migrate. Hummingbirds sense the dangers of persevering through winter’s cold temperatures, a lesson we would do well … Read More

Turkey Squirrel

Dreams allow two spirit animals come to us as one, like Turkey Squirrel. This imaginary creature prompts us to gather and give.  Some individuals collect and disperse things of substance. Others gather experiences to impart wisdom. Throughout summer, squirrels dart … Read More

Pink Fairy Armadillo

The rarely seen Pink Fairy Armadillo shares a gift with us, how to keep our balance when outside forces are strong. While more common armadillos model setting boundaries, this little sand-swimmer shows us how to regulate our emotional temperature. A … Read More