Returning to Mandalas

This is an invitation to join me in a sacred Earth meditation practice. I was reminded yesterday in a conversation with a friend how much my periodic commitment to mandala meditation practices have changed my life over the years. From drawing mandalas on paper in the 90′s, to saving rocks in baskets and bowls and nurturing giant medicine wheels in the woods behind my house…

Whenever I commit to a daily meditation practice with mandalas and nature, something powerful in my life heals and shifts, answers come, pathways and decisions become clear. Continue reading

Weds, Dec. 20: Sacred New Moon Solstice Circle

new_moon_goddessI am so excited to lead this circle with my friend and colleague in light, Brigid Hopkins!

Connect with and harness the power of the New Moon and the Earth as we move into Winter. In this workshop, Brigid Hopkins and Liz Meacham will lead a new moon ceremony and meditation, followed by trance drumming and a shamanic journey. First we will explore our feelings, bodies, hopes, and intentions as we move into a new lunar cycle. Following this new moon ceremony, we will invite guidance and power symbols for the season ahead by connecting with our spirit helpers through trance drumming and shamanic journey work. Continue reading

Earth Rights and the Problem of Ecofacism

I am enjoying immensely my break from thinking about environmental ethics over the past year and a half (since leaving my professor gig). It is psychologically overwhelming to teach about and contemplate such concerns on a regular basis. Now refreshed from my break, I’m back to thinking about what it would look like to grant “rights” to the Earth, including other species and ecosystems. This idea of Earth rights is circulating in the public sphere right now because it’s come up during the current climate talks as the basis of a solution to the climate crisis.  Continue reading

Why do we say Gaia?

gaiaAs the Earth rotates us toward a new season, re-aligning our relationship to the sun, I thought I would honor Earth by reflecting on an important name of our planetary home: Gaia.  Many people refer to Earth as Gaia for a variety of reasons, including spiritual, archetypal, and scientific, to name a few.  In Greek mythology, Gaia is Earth personified in the form of a goddess, the ancestral mother of all life on the planet.  James Lovelock, in his now famous Gaia Hypothesis, argues that the biosphere is a self-regulating organism that  organizes and perpetuates all planetary systems.  Continue reading

Blessings, blessings all around!

Chagrin River, Fall 2018
Chagrin River, Fall 2018

Well, friends. It’s been a busy, blessed, amazing summer of beauty and connection! I’ve had wonderful time with my children, family, and friends. My new project as of this year, Lake Erie Institute, has started to take off over the past few months. I feel overcome with gratitude that this dream is coming to fruition beyond my wildest expectations. I jumped off of the cliff, and the Divine Spirit of the Universe is giving me wings. For this post, I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU: to my many friends in this and other realms, and to Great Spirit, for my many, many blessings. In a time of challenges, pain, and upheaval on the planet, I am grateful to work with and know so many people that are coming together to create a new world of healing, justice, and love.

The Art of Quiet

legacy of the heartLooking for a quotation to add to a section of my book in progress, I found this lovely passage by Wayne Muller, from his book Legacy of the Heart:

Brother David Steindle-Rast reminds us that the Chinese word for “busy” is composed of two characters: “heart” and “killing.” When we make ourselves so busy that we are always rushing around trying to get this or that “done,” or “over with,” we kill something vital in ourselves, and we smother the quiet wisdom of our heart. When we invest our work with judgment and impatience, always striving for speed and efficiency, we lose the capacity to appreciate the million quiet moment that may bring us peace, beauty, or joy. As we seek salvation through our frantic productivity and accomplishments, we squander the teaching that may be present in this very moment, in the richness of this particular breath.

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