dancing in the still point on the spiral journey of life

Posts by Loran Hills

You are the center from which your life flows

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. ~ Eckhart Tolle   Take a moment to breathe deeply.   Focus on being fully present.   Now.   It’s gone.   Deep breath.   Another.…

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Wisdom emerges out of experience

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come. ~ Rumi   In my last blog post, To know sorrow, I wrote about the loss of dear friends.…

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To know sorrow

No matter how the night may weld It’s chain of grief with longing new, No power is stronger than the passion That also pulls our lives apart. ~ Boris Pasternak   I had premonitions. Fears. Dreams. But it was still a shock, hearing those words, “Yes, he’s dead.” Irrevocable words.   He was 21 years old.…

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Get Outside!

There are so many benefits to spending time in nature! It can help increase the quality of your sleep, reduce depression, and improve mental health. Being in nature can also help control pain and negative stress.   In our high-tech society, it appears to be increasingly difficult to connect with nature, even for kids. Why So…

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Mountain Mama Redux

My first blog, Many Rivers To Cross, started out as a travel blog and eventually morphed into a nature blog. I was so afraid of being online that I used mountain mama for my identity. Eventually I became more comfortable and open about who I am. What you see is what you get now, both online…

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From a Dream into Reality

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. ~ Anaïs Nin   The Still Point is the place of power within me that arises from my center. From the ethereal realms of thought and imagination, creative ideas are generated. It requires action…

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Your everlasting summer, you can see it fading fast

  Are you reelin’ in the years Stowin’ away the time ~ Steely Dan   Recently, Anne Lamott wrote a post on turning 61. She says her “inside self doesn’t have an age.” I don’t think mine does either but I sure have a lot of memories, some are more clear than others. Anyway, I…

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Knowledge is a Beautiful Thing

Knowledge is a Beautiful Thing IF you have up-to-date information about Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery. Excuse me?   For the first time in many years, I picked up a women’s magazine, New Beauty’s Special Issue. There are 200+ pages in their Winter/Spring 2015 edition.   The cover model is 42 year old Sofia Vergara: Modern Beauty Icon…

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Becoming Spiritually Intelligent

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. M. Scott Peck   Sometimes life is marvelous and magical.   Sometimes life is hard.    Sometimes life is heartbreakingly beautiful and poignant.   There are infinite circumstances and reactions.   What do you do when you…

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The I-Feel-Fat-Ugly-Old Guide to Spiritual Well-Being

Yes, I’ve been around the block a time or two, maybe three. I know what my self-talk patterns are really about. Cycles of despair. Neural ruts. They sound like this. I feel fat. I hate myself. If I eat, I’ll feel better. No, really. If I eat too much then I can obsess over my…

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