The closeness of unconditional joy

Are you happy? When you feel that out, what happens? For me, my mind wanders out into the ‘circumstances of my life’ and then evaluates good or bad, happy or unhappy….. but closer than that, when I just turn my attention to what’s here…. to what’s still, and always here – to the essence of what is so much closer …

Staying vigilant to awareness

“They” say (in my books, the likes of Gangaji, Papaji, Ramana – and Eckhart Tolle are a good ‘they’) that there is no teaching, no teacher, no student, no practice.  And I get this.  I see that realizing the true nature of our Self is recognizing what we ARE, it is not something that we can learn.  But the ego …

Spiritual Awakening and the Early Months of Motherhood

Let’s face it, as new mothers our identity is already in flux.  Our needs, even the most essential ones like sleep and hygiene are constantly interrupted by others’ needs…. we are exhausted and can only vaguely and distantly remember ‘who we once were’.  And we do it all because of this intense love for our wee ones, there is a …