April PNW GreenFriends Newsletter

One of my favorite projects is to put together a monthly Pacific Northwest GreenFriends Newsletter. (GreenFriends is an environmental international initiative of Embracing the World,)

While I no doubt will write about our PNW Litter Project and other GreenFriends projects in future posts, I thought I would share the April 2014 Newsletter with you now. At this point it is my favorite. Continue reading “April PNW GreenFriends Newsletter”

A Tribute to Nirmalamrita

Yesterday, I was sitting in front of my altar and a picture caught my eye. It had belonged to a friend of mine who died in 1999. My friend used to focus on that picture whenever she meditated.  It was given to me after she passed away.

Nirmalamrita's meditation picture
Nirmalamrita’s meditation picture

Nirmalamrita had been a special person in my life for many years. She was one of the first people I met in Amma’s community. At that time she was named Suneethi. She received the name Nirmalamrita when Amma initiated her as a brahmacharini (female monk) in 1996. Continue reading “A Tribute to Nirmalamrita”

A Reason to Believe

There is a difference between blind faith and mature faith. To me, a mature faith is built on experience. With each positive experience one has in life, faith builds. With enough faith building experiences one has an ever maturing “Reason to Believe.”

I met my spiritual teacher, Mata Amritanandamayi (also known as Amma, which means mother, and as The Hugging Saint) in 1989. Over the years, I have had many faith building experiences, but probably none as remarkable as the one that happened in December of 1996. Continue reading “A Reason to Believe”

A Journey into the Blogosphere

Today’s Blogging 101 assignment asked us to go deeper into the blogosphere by looking for new blogs that might be of interest.  The instructors said this was important:

  • Because getting a clearer sense of the breadth and global reach of the blogging community will make your own blogging stronger and richer.
  • Because the more you put yourself out there, the easier it is for others to find you.

So I began my journey into the blogosphere!


I’ve known there was an Ashram Diary blog on Amma’s Amritapuri website for some time but I don’t look at it very often. (Amma is my spiritual teacher and I spend time with her every year in the U.S. and in India).  I decided going to that blog would be a good way to start today’s assignment. I’m sure glad I did. There are so many interesting stories and lots of pictures there!

Next, I decided to Google “Garden blogs.” The first blog that came up was a post which showed a ranked listing of the top fifty garden blogs (as chosen by Blogrank).  I clicked on the top rated blog and found a post about a garden in a sealed bottle that hasn’t been watered in the last 40 years! I decided I wanted to learn more about that bottle garden so I clicked on yet another link.

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Do You Need a Laugh?

I am taking a Blogging 101 course called Zero to Hero. Each day, we are given a new assignment. The assignment for today was to be a good neighbor (in the blogging world). One of the instructors’ suggestions was to write a post highlighting some of the blogs we have visited.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about, but a few minutes ago I had an idea! Some of the posts I have been reading have been laugh-out-loud funny. I decided I would share those with you. Continue reading “Do You Need a Laugh?”

Lessons on Lessons

Life is a school.

Since I neither created nor do I run the universe, I don’t know if that statement is true or not, but that is the way it seems to me. Regardless of whether or not it is THE TRUTH, I think it is a useful concept. It helps me see life as a challenge; a series of lessons to be learned with tests coming every now and then, to see if I’ve learned what I need to learn. That attitude helps me see my growth and gives me direction for my life. Continue reading “Lessons on Lessons”

Introducing Jeff Alexander and the Leap of Faith

I have been thinking about writing this post for some time.  It is about an incredible teacher and a powerful workshop.  It has been life changing for me and for countless numbers of people in my personal and professional life.


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