Jennifer

Heart-minded

Our heart is at the center of our function in more ways than one. According to the great wisdom traditions of the West, the heart is most importantly an organ of spiritual perception whose function is to look beyond appearances to a deeper reality of meaning, insight, and clarity, and be our interface of intelligence …

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Alchemy

Alchemy refers to a process of transformation – taking the ordinary substance of everyday life and turning it into the ‘gold’ of truth, beauty, and wholeness. This word wonderfully describes what the process of personal growth can be – the weaving and refining of all our experience into wisdom and understanding. Alchemy is using the …

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Our Beloved Nervous System

Our nervous system function happens automatically, going back and forth between the two poles of sympathetic activation and parasympathetic relaxation. In a healthy and resilient nervous system, we go between the two as needed, defaulting to the relax and heal parasympathetic system most of the time. That balance can be disturbed when we have experienced …

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Embodiment

We so often dwell in our thinking and judgments, hopes, and fears… and indeed we have been trained and conditioned in our culture to default to that. Thinking has a place, of course, but when we lead with that exclusively, we disconnect from our body and felt senses. This puts body and mind ‘at odds’, a …

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Remembering

‘This is the story of how we begin to remember’ Paul Simon wrote a song called ‘Under African Skies’ years back, and that refrain has been playing in my head these last days. I’ve been re-membering, gathering parts of myself that have been dormant, or forgotten… With more time with myself, sheltering in place alone, …

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Courage

The root of the word courage is ‘heart’; it is made of Love, a Radical Love… of life, of another, of self, of Earth. I’ve been moved of late by the courage that is being expressed by so many of our diverse human tribe – a dedicated Love that’s taking care of those suffering the most. …

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Naturalness (with guided meditation)

Accepting the invitation of this cocoon time, I’ve been going deeper into the practices that stabilize and hold me – conscious breath and meditation, mindful movement, and prayer. I’m so grateful I can do that, and offer that space of care to others. I think of that space inside as Naturalness, grounded in my body …

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