August 2019 Meditation: You Are the Creator of Your Story

Do you remember how full of light you were when you were brought into this world? You were radiant and wild and beautiful. Anything was possible. Everything was possible. You were a child who wanted the whole world. Given all that has happened in this human life of yours, it makes sense that your light feels dimmed, weakened. It makes sense that the world seems small and that possibility stretches…

July 2019 Meditation: You Are Safe

That might be hard to believe right now. You might think to yourself: I’ve never felt safe in this lifetime. And that’s understandable given all that has happened in your life. You have a litany of reasons to believe that the world is an unsafe place. That people and life are not to be trusted. However: we also know that you remember what it feels like to be full of…

June 2019 Meditation: Trust Your Timing

It makes sense that trying to control things makes you feel safer in the world. Of course, sweet child. You come from a land of chaos and inconsistency—you were the only one you could reliably count on. Here’s the thing though: when you grip something so tightly, when you work so hard to make a thing happen, there’s no room for magic to come in and do its thing. When…

May 2019 Meditation: Move Towards

I know it’s probably the last thing you want to do right now. Right now you might feel hurt, scared, or alone. You might feel triggered or unsafe. You most definitely are feeling vulnerable. Remember that you are love. Remember that you are loved. Remember that it is the illusion of being separate that creates those feelings of being hurt, scared, and alone. Remember that you’re not moving towards for…

April 2019 Monthly Meditation: Love Your Mess

You are beautifully imperfect. There are parts of you, parts of your life that might feel messy right now. Murky. Uncertain. Flawed. Love them. Love them with every ounce of love you can muster. These parts belong to you too. They are made of sunlight. Call them back to you. It’s okay not to know. It’s okay to feel one way one day and another way the next day. Or…

March 2019 Meditation: Listen to the Stories You Tell

I’ve always kind of been a hater of primarily cognitive, mind-based interventions. In grad school, I was highly critical of cognitive-behavioral therapies and saw them as nothing more than Band-Aids for larger issues happening for folks. If we just try to change people’s thoughts and attributions about something and never address the underlying feelings, the concern is going to pop back up. Feelings! Feelings are where it’s at. If the…

January 2018 Meditation: Let the Wind Carry You Forward

January 2019 Meditation: Let the Wind Carry You Forward Card pull: True-heart of Scythes (aka the Page of Swords) I’ve been talking about Tarot Maps a lot lately—it’s true. Because I love them and think they’re a fantastic tool for concrete change and transformation. The very first map I ever created for myself had the True-heart of Scythes as part of its path. My starting point was the 10 of…

December 2018 Meditation: Be the Caretaker of Your Heart

December 2018 Meditation: Be the caretaker of your heart Card pull: Journeyer of Lakes (aka the Knight of Cups) December has a huge task ahead: to be the culminating month of an unbelievably intense-is-too-mild-of-a-word-more-like-dumpster-fire year. But if anyone is up for this task, it is the Journeyer of Lakes. They are here this month to lend us their good-natured and just-riding-the-waves energy. I think it’s safe to say that this…

Blazes and Cairns: Week of August 16, 2017

I have an announcement to make: after this week, I will be publishing Blazes and Cairns on a monthly basis. The posts will serve as monthly forecasts instead of weekly ones. The next one will be out on Friday, September 1. Monthly meditations and grounding rituals will resume then as well. If we’re friends on Facebook, you may have seen the personal essays I’ve been writing and sharing there. (If…

Blazes and Cairns: Week of July 19, 2017

There is a moment I remember so clearly shortly after my dad had his traumatic fall in August of 2015. He was in the Cardio ICU, and we had just learned that he had acquired sepsis, a blood infection. We were waiting to find out if the infection had reached his heart; if this was the case, it was pretty much game over. I was standing in the hospital parking…