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Indie Spiritualist – A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality


I just came across this review of the book, Indie Spiritualist – A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality by Chris Grosso.

I haven’t read the book yet, but the review is compelling, and even more worth reading is the excerpt from the book itself, which starts with a quote by Thich Nhat Hahn and goes on the acknowledge the reality that most of us face when we try and embrace the concept of self love. That reality?  We are really bad at it.

Just last Sunday I watched a question and answer period with Thich Nhat Hahn in which a woman told him that she and her husband had been told by some “counselor” (I shudder to think…) that she was not a real woman and he was not a real man, and here was how they could fix this.  She said this had really messed up their relationship.  Sheesh.

Thich Nhat Hahn told her that she was beautiful exactly as she was.  He went on to add that gay men are beautiful, lesbians are beautiful.  We are all exactly as we are, and that is beautiful, and our task is to love ourselves as we are.  Not fix that.  Love it.

So, hard as this task is… Have at it!  Read Grosso’s excerpt for a little more insight into this challenge.

Stopping: The Power of the Pause

For a FREE mp3 recording of a powerful stopping exercise, read on to the bottom of the page…


The Power of the Pause And How It Can Make A Difference In Your life

STOP now…

Look away from the computer for a moment, and take a slow and gentle in and out breath.

Go ahead…


Did you do it?

I’m guessing there’s a good chance you didn’t.  When I did an informal test to find out who Read more

Stepping into the New Year, following my broken heart

This post is named for Alice Walker’s beautiful book, The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart.  This phrase has been ringing through my mind during the past few couple of weeks as a mantra to steady me…

“The way forward is with a broken heart, Mary.  The way forward is with a broken heart.”  

This is partly in response to the terrible shooting of ten children and seven adults in Connecticut on December 14th, but the words had already started cycling through my thoughts earlier that week, after I heard that a client I work with, let’s call her Pam, had a particularly awful experience that left me feeling shaken and wondering how I can possibly help in a world where there can be such pain.

In the following days, I saw Read more