Conscious love is “love in the service of inner transformation”—or if you prefer, “inner transformation in the service of love.” – Cynthia Bourgeault Love.
Love of self.
Love of others.
Love of change. Loving with our whole entire hearts is an act of social justice. In a world that tells us to love perfectly in order to be perfectly loved, we often feel unlovable. When we love with our whole hearts we engage in a revolutionary a
I keep journals in my purse.
I keep journals in my purse to write down inspiring thoughts.
I keep journals in my purse to write down inspiring thoughts to share with others. Today I found the journals from my time in my PhD program and I wanted to share some of those thoughts with you. 9/6/13 “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” -Rumi 9/23/13 I feel deeply rooted. I am connected to my body. I feel safe and secure. Just like a tree or a st
As a child I used to tell stories that were more 1/2 truth than truth. I did it because I wanted people to see me and I wanted to feel loved. I wanted to be worthy of love.
I wanted to be worthy of Gods love.
Because then I would get to heaven to see my Daddy. I wanted to be seen and not be invisible so I would make up stories in the hope of being loved. As I grew up I gradually realized that I was not boing to be loved by God because I was told I was a walking sin. I loved
The Universe sure does want me to recognize my capacity to receive the gifts it is trying to send me right now. Unexpectedly, Mary Houston and I talked about it on my Facebook live last week. Check out that conversation right here. My friend Dr. Wendy Boring talked about it in her sermon yesterday when she challenged all of us to close our eyes and think about the last time we received love. Go ahead and do it. Close your eyes right now. Breathe into your heart and think abou
I grew up hearing “love one another.” It was a phrase woven into the fabric of the culture I grew up in in Utah. Often said, rarely practiced. Today was the first time that I actually heart it in scripture, read out loud directly from the Bible in church. Us Episcopals are so good with our liturgy (wink wink, nudge nudge). “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.” By loving others we expand love into the world.
Loving others means giving
Giving up fear for Lent has meant facing some of my greatest fears: I had ants take over my desk and I am terrified of ants.
Jim’s ex wife took him to court again last week and we always navigate fear around that.
Not having the money to travel where I need to get to freaks me the hell out. Oh sure, I haven’t been giving it up perfectly but when the fear starts to rise I ask where it is coming from and then I look at it and I ask myself… Is my fear valid or does it represen
Help me to invoke the wisdom of those who have come before me and the wisdom of those I am here to lead. When I started thinking about Passionate Advocacy and what that means two questions came to mind. Where can you bring more love to your life? What needs to be cleared away for you to do it? I can often be found in church scribbling away when I am feeling extra inspired. The other day the woman preaching asked about our gifts. She said, “How do we receive the gifts of our t
When is the last time you got a juicy love letter? Dear you,
Yes YOU. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for gracing me with your delicious, juicy, magical ways. Thank you for becoming a part of my community and sharing with me all of the way that my words and my voice inspire you. Dear you,
Yes YOU. Thank you for choosing to wake up every single day and keep going. Thank you for pursuing your dreams. Thank you for thinking it may not be a gigantic thing but I am going to ta
I am grateful for the community we have begun to build in Corvallis. It is built on a foundation of love. I am grateful for the love of my children. I am grateful for the heart song that connects my soul to Jim in all of its beauty. I am grateful for my ability to succumb to the Universes signal that I must rest. It is how I am healthy and can continue to thrive. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak my truth and tell others about opportunities to engage in acts of justi
Be strong in love and in the strength of its power.
Put on the whole armor of love, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of doubt and fear.
Therefore take up the whole armor of love so that you may be able to withstand days of doubt, and having done everything to stand firm in love.
Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of courage. Dr. Bird’s take on Ephesians 6:10-20 Create some mayhem, raise some hell.
There will be many moments in our lives where we will be presented with the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. It is that presentation that creates space for us to expand our soul, grow love in our hearts, and tap into the intuitive energy that flows deep in our veins. Most people won’t take this opportunity. For most people it will seem too daunting, too difficult, too uncomfortable. And so…the moment quickly passes us by. Until the next time, because t
Yesterday was Pentecost.
Pentecost is about fire.
Fire is about transformation.
Transformation is about SHIFT. Yo, I am on fire.
This girl is on fire.
Fire is what comes to me in my dreams.
The flame, the fire, the ignition.
The spark that destroys so new life can come up. Fire is power. Love is power. Transformation is power. In high schools around the country girls are shot down by boys who are mad at them.
Burn it down.
On the USC campus women (my friends and myself in
Sexuality is not a choice. It is the way we are born. I am a bisexual woman who is married to a man who at one point identified as a lesbian and now mostly identifies as queer. Boy that was a mouthful. Yep…I put the “B” back in LGBT and I can’t believe that I am still having this conversation in 2018. Being LGBTQ is not a mental illness.
Being LGBTQ is not a choice. We are beloved creatures who make up the great fabric of humanity.
We are meant to BE – LOVED.
When we talk
I have been getting some profound messages a lot lately: It is not the first step you take, but the next step you take that gets you where you are going. The brick walls aren’t meant to make you give up, they are meant to make you realize how bad you want something. Whatever it takes, that is what we will do. Listen to your children. Advocacy is not always a simple or easy process. In the regular course of taking action, advocating for human dignity can mean that sometimes we
Last week I had 2 different people say nice things to me within the span of 30 minutes. One friend texted me to say, “so fucking proud of you”. The other friend texted that I was his, “friend warrior queen”. The joy I felt in that moment was so GIANT in my heart that it carried me the rest of the day. I started thinking…are we so wrapped up in telling women that they are wrong that we forget to tell women that they are valued? Clearly the answer is yes. Today I offer you 5 di
I am deeply committed to working for justice in an authentic and charitable way. This means I am going to fuck shit up a lot in the eyes of other people. If speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have, why do I feel like lately my truth isn’t good enough? If it is important for women not to support each other and not play mean girls on the playground, why do I feel like I am taking the punches for saying how I feel in an authentic and intentional way? When I was get
I have a tattoo on my back that says “forward out of darkness, forward into light”. I got it after Utah state legislator LaVar Christensen killed the first bill I ever wrote in 2004. It is part of the motto the suffragettes sewed on their banners when they marched for the 19th Amendment. National Woman’s Party collection My tattoo reminds me that oftentimes, especially when it comes to policy, things don’t often come easily but with persistence they do come. Let me say that a
“As our world reacts to injustice in forms of control, I as a follower of Jesus will react in forms of uncontrollable love.” Yes y’all heard that right, I just threw you a quote about Jesus. I know I know – y’all just spit out your beverages and fell out of your chair. Follow me here if you will. One of the things that has been happening lately is all or nothing thinking. Black & white thinking is my quicksand, it is my trap, and I often fall head first right into it. On Satu
I have always wanted to make a human. Like always. When I played dress up as a little girl I would put a pillow under my dresses and then have a baby. It isn’t that I wanted kids necessarily (although I can’t remember a time when I didn’t dream about being a mother) but I really, really, really have always wanted to be pregnant. I started having sex when I was 16 and I pretty consistently misused my birth control. I knew that meant I might get pregnant and while I totally pla
You do not have to control everything.
You do not have to create chaos where there is none.
You do not have to tell people what to do to feel like you are in control.
You are loved and this isn’t something you need to sabotage.
You are safe. No one is going to hurt you. Do not panic.
Your default is not panic.
Your default is NOT panic. Anxiety isn’t real.
It is a symptom of an old story.
It is an illusion. You don’t have to give in. You are ok. You are loved. You don