All posts tagged: meditation

Full Moon Meditation

Tonight, the night of the full moon, I meditate. Lying in a circle of mostly strangers in the grass. In a park above the ocean. Cool and breezy. My sweater wrapped around my body. Listening to our leader’s cues, imagining my body filled with light and energy, grounded to the earth. I breath in deeply, then exhale, allowing my thoughts to settle, being gentle with myself. I open my eyes and let them settle on the dark blue sky above me, allowing my body to sink into the soft grass. When was the last time I lay in the grass and stared at the sky? In the cool night air? The sound of the waves filling my ears? Soaking in the beauty of this moment, I am calm and at peace. And happy. And filled with love.

On the Path to Self-Discovery With the Duchess of York

First published on Huffington Post, 2011-05-20 I’ve always liked Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. Perhaps it is that she came on the scene when I was a teenage girl and infatuated with the royal weddings, like girls today. Perhaps it was her curly hair, which matched my own. Or her slight chunkiness, which also matched my own. Over the past decade, it’s been sad to watch what seemed to be her spiral downward. Last year, when she was caught on tape in the alleged bribery scandal, it appeared we were witnessing her self-destruction. However, as I watched Oprah’s interview with Sarah last week, I felt hopeful for her again. She still seems a bit shaky and just a little bit desperate, but she also appears to have found at least the trailhead of her own path to self-discovery. Interspersed throughout the Oprah interview were clips from Sarah’s upcoming series on OWN, “Finding Sarah,” where she is counseled by Dr. Phil and Suze Orman to help her find her way. While I’m not a big fan of on-camera therapy, especially …