No, I Won’t Keep Calm. And Fuck Your Cupcake

Everywhere you look, people are trying to tell you to keep calm.

It’s even become a catchphrase that shows up on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, and calendars, and has kept an annoyingly long half-life on social media newsfeeds. Keep calm and carry on. Keep calm and eat a cupcake. Keep calm and buy more shoes. Keep calm and drink a beer.

Keep calm and numb the feeling. Keep calm and keep quiet. Okay, those last few I haven’t actually seen in print, but it’s started to feel as if that’s what’s really being said here. I mean, why does everyone want us to keep calm…MORE

Intuition

Intuition is like the north star of the human soul – an ever-present inner guide that helps us navigate the different landscapes of life. It’s that impossible inner knowing, that soft spiritual nudge, telling you to go this way, read that book, speak to these people, or follow that road. It’s a feeling that sits in your gut like a well portioned homemade meal – complete, comforting, and so nourishing that you can almost feel the nutrients breaking down and getting sent off to various organs and tissues in your body. You know it’s right and that somehow it’s working in your favor, even if you’re not sure how or to what end…MORE

Meditation

In meditation, we cultivate inner silence until we reveal within us a symphony of subtler sounds – the soft sound of our whispering spirit, the quiet hum of our heart’s healing power, and the sacred song of our communion with the Divine. Masked within their melody is the secret to endless love, peace, and personal bliss; and it waits only for us to quiet the roar of our minds and emotions long enough that we might hear it….MORE

Breathing Exercises

Just breathe. How many times have we heard that short statement said aloud or rehearsed it in our heads before a particularly taxing, frightening, or exciting experience? Just breathe. These two tiny words work almost like a charm to comfort and calm us because they call upon a very special kind of magic, magic that’s latent within our every breath…MORE

Affirmations

Affirmations are short, powerful declarations of intent. These declarations serve as a kind of verbal mirror, reflecting back to us the potential that we cannot yet see within ourselves. By acknowledging that hidden potential, we break the bindings of doubt, insecurity, and fear that so often run interference behind the scenes, and free ourselves to begin manifesting our true desires….MORE

Forest Bathing

The natural world is full of spiritual symbolism. When we have the ears to hear, it whispers the truths that we have forgotten. When we have eyes to see, it illuminates the purpose that we have neglected. Within the natural world, as within all things, there is a spark. This spark is the essence of the Divine; and when we know how to look, this spark can guide us back to the light of awareness…MORE

Of the Dust and the Dawn

As the sun marches across the sky each day, and the moon slips past the sleepy world below each night, they cast a series of veils across the world, each woven with different threads of color and light.  Each veil is uniquely stunning and carries a distinctive kind of energy — the invigoratingly bright light of afternoon, the inspiriting glimmer of mid-morning, and the intoxicating starkness of midnight — yet it seems that what really sparks the deepest of human passion and sets poets to paper is the merging of sun and moon, day and night. It’s with the dusk and the dawn that many of us are most infatuated..MORE

Our Differences Connect Us

There is light and darkness.  There’s love and hate, up and down. There is the extraordinary and the insignificant.  And then there’s the real world, which falls somewhere in between these extremes.  Our world isn’t polarized; and the people and things that fill it aren’t split perfectly down the middle. The real world is made up of complex individuals whose beliefs, attitudes, and creations are all varied but still subtly intertwined…MORE

The Roots of Desire

When it comes to desire and fulfillment, we are a lot like flowers growing in a shared garden – though we all breathe the same air and drink the same water, the majority of our personal reality is hidden beneath the surface where no one else can see it and where we ourselves often neglect to look. While our attention is fixed on what can be seen above ground; it’s in these deeper, hidden places that the roots of our greatest desires hide, and here also is where the secret to fulfilling them can be found…MORE