Chasing Highs: Confessions of a Spiritual Retreat Junkie

Everyone likes to get high. When I say high, I don’t necessarily mean high on mind-altering substances. I am referring to that feeling of ecstatic jubilance where everything feels bright and shiny and in the flow. When we are in the flow state, it’s as if we are able to greet our lives with effortless grace. We may feel energized, a sense of confidence and trust in our direction, and at ease in our bodies and relationships with others. We may feel happy. We may feel there is an overall sense of rightness or goodness. When we are in the flow state, we are in a space of expansion. Our physical, emotional, and energetic presence is literally bigger and wider. We are in the delicious … Read More

Mindful Sex: Transforming Intimate Relationships Through Meditation

As a practice, meditation can open up a whole realm of possibility. We derive many different benefits from cultivating greater mindfulness in our daily lives. Don’t worry; this is not going to be another article touting the many benefits of meditation. This article is going to explore how meditation and mindfulness can transform our relationship to our sexuality and the way we intimately relate. Mindful sexuality and intimacy are still topics vastly unexplored in the mainstream. We exist in a society and culture that has a significant pleasure deficit. By pleasure deficit, I mean that we have an incredible deficiency in pleasure and an overabundance of stress and suffering. The collective trance that we’ve all bought into champions being constantly-on-the-go and participating in … Read More

The Alchemy of Healing: From Wounded to Warrior

I was nine years old. It was a lazy summer day. The afternoon heat simmered with the salty tang of ocean air and the moist, earthy smell that only flowers well kissed by the rain can have. The doorbell rang. Curiosity piqued, I padded to the stairs to lean over the railing to see who it was. There was something different about her, my mother’s friend. Through the lens of my child’s eyes, I felt inextricably drawn to a radiance, light, and calm that this woman possessed. I played near the couch facing the ocean; one ear piqued towards the soft lilt of feminine voices in the background. She sat down next to me, giving me her presence and undivided … Read More