Tuckahoe Creek – Can We Get There from Here?

On the banks of Tuckahoe Creek, just up from its confluence with the Choptank River on the eastern shore of the DelMarVa peninsula, I played the drum and prayed for the vitality of the water. I prayed for the water because it is emblematic – a symbol, and the leading edge – of Earth’s hurting…

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Intro to Earth Wellness Workshop

The workshop consists of a bit of a talk involving holism and the relationship between our individual wellness and the Earth’s wellness. A good deal of the workshop is a drum meditation meant to emphasize a return to feeling as a path of alignment to greater wellness. The experience is organized around a framework of…

Cape May

A glimpse into a meditation for the vitality of Delaware Bay. On my way here, I listened to an interview with author Callum M. Roberts. He wrote a book recently called The Unnatural History of the Sea. “As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans’ bounty didn’t disappear overnight.…

The Shamanic Origins of Christmas

“Have you ever wondered why in modern Christmas tradition we do the things we do?  What is the origin of the Christmas tree, with the star on top, decorations about, and all the brightly wrapped presents beneath?  Or the idea behind Santa Claus who jets around the globe in a magic sleigh with flying reindeer…

Peace Prayer Update

The Peace Prayer event on the 21st of December was an inaugural event. It was the first expression of the talk/experience that I have decided to offer as a gift over the next three months during a road trip along the eastern seaboard. As of the writing, I left for the road trip on the…

Why We Need the Winter Solstice

“Tomorrow is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. But few of us will turn off the lights long enough to notice. There’s no getting away from the light. There are fluorescent lights and halogen lights, stadium lights, streetlights, stoplights, headlights and billboard lights. There are night lights to stand sentinel in hallways,…

The Shamanic View of Mental Illness

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”  Jiddu Krishnamurti  “In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.…