Here you will find discussion and personal stories related to the particular stresses and challenges that come with holidays and special occasions.

Suggestions and recommendations are here for moving through these special days as best you can, depending on your level of recovery.


Thanksgiving: the elephant, the ant and the Monarch butterfly

"God blooms from the shoulder of the elephant who becomes courteous to the ant."

- Hafiz

My elephant painting


It’s Thanksgiving.

It’s a time to reflect on the gifts we’ve received from Earth, Sky, Water, Sun and Darkness. It’s a time to acknowledge in our minds and hearts the gifts we’ve received from individuals, groups, communities, organizations and governments.  It’s a time to acknowledge plants, animals and all living beings who give to us with their spirits, their lives, their beauty, their energies and life force to maintain this planet and all who live here.

Invitation to Pass Through Your Stargate

Wikipedia laurier StargateLeaving the security of what you know and stepping through your personal portal to a new dimension takes courage.  The time between December holidays and the first of the new year can be a major challenge for you.  Do you recognize the signs of your challenge?

Look Within When Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving and Any Time

Thank YouThanksgiving is often a day when we pause, meditate and celebrate what we are thankful for.  We give thanks for famiily and friends, good fortune, surviving calamities and crossing thresholds into new and welcome ways of living. This Thanksgiving I'm paying attention to inner thank you's.  Perhaps you can join me as you discover and honor yours.  pix*

Mother's Day: building bridges for understanding

Baby Nest machinery Oil on canvas. SurrealismWhere were you born? I mean specifically. Were you born in a bed, in a hospital, a private home or a boat? 

Perhaps in a taxi? Maybe you were born on a blanket on the ground. Was it quiet or noisy around you?

Was it a safe place or was danger lurking or exploding?  

Where did you go after you were born? Who was around you? What was your nest? 

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