New Beginning

After months of work and a series of miracles, I’m in the new place. Last night I unpacked the last box in my room, and I was finally able to walk through my bedroom without tripping over a load of stuff. The rest of the house is another story, but I do have a moment…

Joy Without the Hoopla

Hello friends. How are you? As I have been thinking of what to write this month, this story keeps coming to my mind. So while on a foreign church mission, a friend of mine was working with a companion who was really cruel to dogs. Everywhere they went, if he saw a dog, he would…

How to Navigate through Mighty Winds and Storms

As I came home from leave, I expected another quiet summer as always, picking raspberries, sweet tomatoes, zucchinis, and plums with my friend’s children, watching fireworks from my front yard, and if I’m lucky, taking a short road trip somewhere. But within two weeks of being home, out of nowhere, my roommate was given the…

Doing Less and Getting More

One of my favorite things to do is to go hiking. Due to health reasons, I haven’t been able to hike much. This summer though, I felt like it was the right time to start hiking again, and I’ve been building up my stamina with one or two-mile hikes. At the end of my hike…

How Answers to Your Questions Can Come in Unexpected Ways

While I was on leave, I started noticing butterflies on my walks. Finding yellow butterflies was my favorite, for they were so rare, beautiful and somehow sacred. Unfortunately I only got to see them from afar. My secret longing was to see one up close, to touch it or to have it land on my…

Happy Holidays: Look and Receive

Merry Christmas! I hope that you are enjoying your holiday so far. I’ve been sick with a terrible cough that just won’t quit, and I’d like to say that while everyone around me has been hustling and bustling, I’ve been pondering the true meaning of Christmas, but mostly I’ve been on the couch, flipping through…

Small Moments of Joy

There are events that stand as landmarks such as getting your driver’s license, graduating from school, landing that big break, getting married or having a baby. These events are like rites of passage. And they help us to know when we’ve reached a different point in our lives—where a new journey begins. It can be…

Lazy Days

I’ve been under the weather lately, and I’ve been so lazy about everything, about writing, about eating, about exercising, and especially about singing. It’s too hard. So, in my practice, I’ve made no efforts whatsoever–barely opening my mouth and my eyes or holding my head up straight. Everything you’re not supposed to do. Can you…

5 Things to Reduce Stress and Prepare You in Emergencies

My mother who has seen quite a few emergencies is always urging me to do these things, so I thought I’d pass the love along as a reminder: Have cash on hand—Carrying some cash on you, in your car and in your house can be a life-savor. If you don’t have much to spare have at…

The Light Amid the Darkness

I used to work by the airport, amid a dreary wasteland it seemed, and every day, I would pass a large plant along the highway. In a way, this bleak landscape was a physical manifestation of what I was feeling inside: barren, lonely and dark. Along the highway, I saw tall poles, and at the end…