These can seem like dark days indeed. In the United States a president has been appointed and in just eight months our greatest fears are manifesting as his divisiveness and disregard for his people are beginning to unfold. There are earthquakes in Mexico and elsewhere; Popocatépetl sent ash a mile high yesterday; hurricanes and typhoons are becoming weekly occurrences and with unprecedented intensity; the list goes on. Each of these has happened before of course but it hard to feel like their co-occurrence is anything but the Universe upping the ante in its attempts to support us in growing through the hardships and fears and uncertainties we feel. The Universe never allows a hardship without a greater opportunity. It is up to us, however, to see it and embrace it. Even today, you see, you have free choice in how you will respond. (more…)

I, like many in my area, grew up in a family of secrets. Being in a primarily Italian and Jewish neighborhood the secrets just added to the drama of day-to-day life. Mostly under the guise of “white lies” the snippets of omissions and outright lies were usually well-intentioned if misguided. “Your father doesn’t need to know.” “It would give your grandmother a heart attack.” If you tell your sister while we’re still alive we’ll kill you.” (more…)

Now What?

How often have you been faced with a situation or otherwise come to a place in your life and found yourself reflecting on how you got there, what led you to it, and even blaming yourself or others in your attempts to have it all figured out? If you are like me it seems rather natural to do these things; we humans are inquisitive and we like to think that a clear understanding of things that happen to us is important.  (more…)