Posts by Mary Beth

Listening in Relationships

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in inspirations, media bar | 0 comments

Intimacy, communication, compromise … the list flows endlessly when we arrive at the work of relationships. In thinking about what is universally applicable – my mind settles on “listening.” To “listen.” This simple yet profound act is about “giving attention with the ear.” Perhaps it could be thought about as human warmth, “an embrace with one’s ear.” Full bodied. Listening is giving attention with one’s mind, one’s heart—one’s everything really. The act of listening in our intimate relationships, though, can take a distinctive turn—as slight as the move of...

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Wildness

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in featured post | 1 comment

  I have been chasing wildness with a pen for years. But putting pen to paper trying to capture wildness—a thing so untamed and primal—just doesn’t make sense. And yet, the longing persists. Being wild is growing in me, and has begun to eclipse being … good. Being right. Being acceptable. Instead, I am allowing myself to act naturally, with abandon … to be primitive. In this space, I am closer to Mother Earth. My truest self. My soul. So – I shall write wildly about wildness. Wild. Before leaving the house for a run, rather than relieve myself I hold it, sprint out the door...

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Defending What You Love

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in featured post, inspirations | 2 comments

I’ve been thinking lately about the difference between doing what I feel I should do – and the times I listen to myself, to my soul, and choose instead what I need to do. Not “need” in the sense of obligation to anyone else, or out of the desire to cross things of my to-do list. I’m talking about finding the stillness and taking the time to truly hear the whispers of my heart’s desire. Just the other day, my soul started murmuring and, thankfully, I took the time to listen. I had awoken early on a Sunday and, as the sunshine filled the kitchen, immediately started puttering...

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Chickens: Reflections & Lessons

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in inspirations | 0 comments

I have long held animals in high esteem … viewing majestic elephants and wild cats and elegant horses with wonder. Considering the nobility of these animals … it has been a bit surprising that chickens – in all their ornery, messy “ordinariness” – have come to be some of the most inspirational animals in my life. Allow me to explain… I’ve kept, and loved, chickens in the past. Sadly – the last experience ended traumatically at the paws of my neighbor’s giant husky. So I was understandably hesitant to bring them back into the fold. However recent events compelled me to...

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Being Alive

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in inspirations | Comments Off on Being Alive

Being Alive

I’ve been reflecting of late on how I am in the world. Of the times when I come alive … and the other times when I am deadened and spiritless. Life shrinks when we grasp at security; a full life is all about taking risks, stepping out of the ordinary, comfortable confines of what we know. Living a full life means stepping into the unknown. There are moments in my life when I shrunk from life with uncertainty, when I chose comfort and safety. These were times of stagnation, an abandonment of my true self. In other times, though, when I dared to take a chance, make a mistake, get messy,...

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