Considering All Mothers!
Here in the U.S., this Sunday is Mother’s Day*; the annual celebration of the woman who birthed, adopted, raised, or greatly influenced your life, positively or otherwise. As we celebrate, there is one mother that deserves our gratitude and honor — not just one day of the year, but every [...]
Reclaim Your Place, Your Power & Your Divine Presence as a Woman!
Have you ever heard that old, demeaning statement that ‘a woman’s place is in the home, barefoot & pregnant’? Unfortunately, that was the sentiment for far too many years — and is still an attitude that some men hang onto today. Throughout recorded history, woman, or the feminine nature [...]
Finding a God/dess That Looks Like Me!
We all have our stories; stories and experiences that change us; that make us who we are and help determine why we do what we do. After searching through my own experiences and how I became who I am today, I’ve decided to share my story; the story of why [...]
As We Honor the Feminine We Silence these Voices!
“Be a lady they said. Your skirt is too short. Your shirt is too low. Your pants are too tight. Don’t show so much skin. Don’t show your thighs. Don’t show your breasts. Don’t show your midriff. Don’t show your cleavage. Don’t show your underwear. Don’t show your shoulders. Cover [...]
To Heal the Heart of Our World
Dear Sister, Although you may not know me personally, I’m writing you now because we are related. We are, by the gift of our sacred female bodies, kindred spirits. And, we have some work to do. The challenge before us isn’t new. It’s been going on for more than a [...]
Balancing Heaven and Earth – Healing Gender Divisions
One of the greatest losses humans have historically suffered is the rejection of the feminine. This loss negatively affects both sexes since both are forced to deny essential parts of themselves. For far too long we’ve been experiencing a global pandemic of objectification and vilification of the feminine. There is [...]
The Gift of Mindfulness Throughout the Year
Now that visions of ghoulish, ghostly & fantastical creatures, witches, warlocks, Superman and Wonder Woman are behind us for another year, you’ve likely begun thinking about the holidays that consume our attention for the remainder of the year. As the end-of-year holiday season approaches, how do you feel? For many, [...]
Living In a World of Possibility . . .
First in a Series on Possibility Lina Landess You’ve tried everything you know to do, but you still can’t shake the hurt, the pain, the self-doubt, the anger, the fear. And yet, you want to. More than anything . . . The truth is, you can. “But how?” you wonder. [...]
Freedom from Stress . . . Yours for the taking!
Is stress getting the better of you? According to the experts at the Statistic Brain Research Institute, American Institute of Stress, NYStatistic Brain, here are some numbers, disturbing as they may be, that confirm that you’re not alone: Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress 77 % [...]
5 Pieces of Good News You Probably Didn’t See!
With only 10 or so days left in 2016, I thought I’d share with you some of the history-making news of the year that you might not have heard or seen. Some of the historical events have been hysterical while others help prove that our better angels are still present [...]
Meeting the New Year With Grace
What a fascinating, hopeful and challenging year it has been. From the worldwide outpouring of support for the Water Protectors in North Dakota to a political season unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes, we hover on the precipice of a new year. No matter where we stand on [...]
Beyond Our Knowing
(I wrote this blog before the 2016 presidential election, but it is still relevant.) Much has been written about this drawn-out election season and many of the issues that have come up during it. While many of us have been shocked by the vitriol and misogynistic comments on the part of [...]
During last weekend’s National Folk Festival thousands of people traveled the world without leaving the U.S. The event in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, was a beautiful expression of how strangers; people who have no connection other than sharing a street, a laugh, or a song, can come together and create a sense of [...]
The Kindness of Strangers
Hola! I’d like to shift the focus of my blog this time, and share my experiences in a somewhat more personal, less travelogue-y vein than I have before. (Before I leave, I’ll jump back into travelogue mode with lots of photos!) The reason for this shift right now? I’ve come across [...]
From the Banks of the Sacred Ganges to the Coast of Australia
What a difference a day — in this case, a 14-hour flight and a 6-hour layover — makes. I left Coimbatore, South India, and climbed aboard a flight to Sydney, NSW, Australia on September 3, 2015 in the wee hours of the morning. Swamini Pramananda (Ammaji) and I had returned [...]
India, Part 2
As anyone who has ever visited India will tell you, any attempt to describe their experience can only serve as a second-hand view. India must be experienced first hand to be believed. Having said that, I will try to share my experience in the hope that you will forgive my inability [...]
India, Part I
Almost six months to the day I left, I gratefully found myself back in the U.S. Now, as I sit in the warmth of a friends’ charming little apartment in Roanoke, Virginia, with a view of snow covered roofs and the homey sight of woodsmoke pouring from chimneys, I find myself [...]
South America? Here I Come!
One month from today I will fly to Ecuador! I’ll land in Guayaquil (pronounced why-a-kill) and from there take a van to Cuenca, a 2.5 to 3 hour drive through the mountains. Friends have told me that riding through the mountains at night is where the adventure begins. (They have obviously [...]