The Mississippi is very high right now and that’s how my life feels to me too. I can barely keep up with all the painful disasters both “natural” and “human-made.”

When I get overwhelmed it helps me to go to the rushing waters and be brought back into the flow. It helps me balance my emotions and get a deeper perspective.

Being by the river reminded me of a line from A Message from the Hopi Elders. Ever since I encountered this message ten years ago one line has spoken particularly vividly to how I can struggle:

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

The river only seems to be rushing faster. Yet I realize that as much as things are increasing in intensity I am suffering less and celebrating more. It was a great reality check for me to realize this about myself. Yay!

It is so important for all us to find ways to move through nervous system overwhelm. Here’s what we have to gain: a profound connection to a much bigger whole that unleashes our joy, creativity and power.

With love,



More celebration and less struggle through spiritual practice

You are welcome to drop in any week to Healing Waters Qigong, a Spring Forest Qigong practice group. Newcomers are also welcome any week to the Wisdom Dances practice, based on Laura Shannon’s research on traditional dances as tools for healing and transformation.

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Feeling stuck in your own healing or creative work? I offer individual healing sessions based on qigong energy work to help shift the deeper energetic patterns in your situation.