Sophia's Children

Being the Heartful Change in an Age of Disconnect

Ta’Nit and No Fear (+ two Grief and No Fear links)

What does one say in the face of the unspeakable, as Thomas Merton called it? I know that I'm not the only one who's been deeply reflecting on this in recent days and weeks, even in the midst of the... Continue Reading →

Might You Be an Uncommon Leader and Island of Sanity?

"I know it is possible for leaders to use their power and influence, their insight and compassion, to lead people back to an understanding of who we are as human beings, to create conditions for our basic human qualities of... Continue Reading →

In This Moment, I Begin Anew – Phoenixing from the Ashes

With all of the upheaval, inner and outer, in the U.S. and around the world, there are a lot of people standing in the rubble of what was, and facing the daunting prospect of starting over. In the 'rubbled lives'... Continue Reading →

Is It Better to Enlighten Than to Shine? (Redux)

The theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., in his Summa Theologica, wrote: “ is better to enlighten than merely to shine.” Is it possible to do both: enlighten and shine? What did Aquinas have in mind and heart when he made... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Saturation in the Virgo-Pisces Mysteries

In the spirit of the current Virgo-Mysteries saturation, it's perfectly timely (very Virgo) to revisit The Virgo Mysteries - Keepers of the Flame musing. Virgo's essence is wholeness, though other Virgoan qualities include: mindfulness, discernment, the power of the word,... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: What We Seek – Updated

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” ~ Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., Founder, Homeboy Industries Author, Tattoos... Continue Reading →

The Feast and the New Greening (Freshly Re-Greened)

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not HOME. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use... Continue Reading →

Depression and Spiritual Awakening – TED Talk, Lisa Miller

Thanks to Persephone Rose for sharing this on her Spirit Garden blog. Lisa Miller's story and message will resonate with many who've walked the challenging yet hallowed ground of initiation, graceful messages, and spiritual awakening that shifts perspective and our... Continue Reading →

Anam Cara, Home, and Beauty as Antidote

“You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition. When you are blessed with Anam Cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place:... Continue Reading →

BlogShare: Another False Prophet Bites the Dust (From EER blog)

Bobbie explores the 'outing' of yet another celebrity faux-guru, along with the greed-reveal of a miserly celebrity American bling-worshipping, integrity-challenged mega-church preacher, in her The Shift Has Hit the Fan blog post, "Another One Bites the Dust." This, along with... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotations: Real Self-Esteem

“Self-esteem does not come from surrounding yourself with people and things that seem to increase your value. Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you.” ~ Anna Deavere Smith American Actress, Playwright,... Continue Reading →

Museworthy Quotations: Tending the Spirit of Place

“Wholeness and integrity depend upon the place’s underlying, invisible ecology. Spirit-of-place is influenced by human thought and action: how places are used revered, un-valued or exploited affects them… Listening to a place’s past will tell us where it wants to... Continue Reading →

Luna-See: Moon-Fear Worldviews and the Invitations of Now.

Much has been written about yesterday’s full lunar eclipse of the sun, which was seen in all of its full glory along the totality path from Oregon to South Carolina in the United States. Even now, in modern-day writings, we... Continue Reading →

The Sápara reach out to protect their ancestral land and wisdom.

“And our message to our friends,” says Manari Ushigua, sitting within the Amazonian rainforest which is alive with the sounds of life, “is that the world and nature can come together, united, to defend our lives as human beings and... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: “I hold the most archaic values on Earth …”

“As a poet," Snyder tells us, "I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic; the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth; the... Continue Reading →

Making a Life With What You Have.

"You make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing." ~ Ruby in The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton) This simple comment from Kate Morton's novel, The Forgotten Garden, could be a reflection in itself. Much of consumer-culture... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Liberating our Warm, Wild-Hearted Genius

Happy Lùnastal and Full Moon lunar eclipse at the mid-Aquarius power gate. I've already written a bit about some of the Heartistry-inviting Energies (and themes) of Now, so I'll share a few things that surfaced intuitively this morning as I... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: As Bringers of Light and Wisdom

“We grandmothers have come from far and wide to speak the knowledge we hold inside. In many languages, we have been told it is time to make the right changes for our families, for the lands we love. We can... Continue Reading →

Heartistry and Whole-Heartedness: Lùnastal, Fire Trines and the Leo Mysteries

"A tender heart is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be honored and protected, with all of the fierceness of a mama Lioness." Well, these are buzzy, Zap Zone days, rich in fiery, electrical energies that... Continue Reading →

Creativity as a Virtue, and Uniqueness as the Soul’s Code.

"Creativity is conceived as a reproductive act with a tangible result -- a child, a book, a monument -- that has a physical life going beyond the life of its producer." "Creativity, however, can be intangible in the form of... Continue Reading →

The Three Pillars for Transformation

Thanks to Infinite Shift for sharing this thought-and-inspiration-stirring article by Trevor Malkinson from UpliftConnect. Since the reblog function formats inelegantly, here's an excerpt, and then a link to the full version of Trevor's article.   "If the world is to... Continue Reading →

Mary Magdalene: Remembering the ‘Heroine of the Faith’

July 22nd is designated as the 'feast day' for Mary Magdalene or Mariamene e Mara (which means Mariamne the Master) in various traditions that include feast days (and for those outside of those various traditions, too). The Wikipedia snapshot notes... Continue Reading →

Florence Nightingale and Modern Science on Harmful Effects of Noise + Benefits of Quiet.

“Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on sick or well.” ~ Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), social reformer and founder of modern nursing In a world and culture of increasing and relentless noise, the benefits... Continue Reading →

Valuable Boredom and Brain-Recovery Time

In her recent post, Nimue Brown writes about the value of being bored. "Big dreams come out of idle wondering. Big visions come out of empty days, if we use that space. The urge to make and do, to meet and... Continue Reading →

What Are Your Most-Alive Moments? And Other Gen-boX Musings.

“After you’re dead and buried and floating around whatever place we go to, what’s going to be your best memory of earth? What one moment for you defines what it’s like to be alive on this planet. What’s your takeaway?"... Continue Reading →

Remembering Mary Magdalene, and Meeting Her Anew

July 22nd is, traditionally, Mary Magdalene's feast day, and that's coming up soon. She has been spiraling back into our awareness and consciousness for more than one day a year, though, and for more than a few years. When something,... Continue Reading →

Indie-Spirit FYIs, Nuggets + Recommended Reads

Wild times, eh? And it's Independence Day (or week, or year?) here in the U.S. In such a large (just shy of 322-million people) and very diverse population as we have in many parts of the U.S., 'holidays' like this... Continue Reading →

The Evidence We Gather (and the Gifts of Appreciation & Gratitude)

Something that a mentor once said to me, years ago now, really stayed with me. He said: "Isn't it amazing how we humans find it so much easier to gather 'evidence for suffering' than we do to 'gather evidence for... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Receive, Reflect, Restore … Love

In Dark-of-the-Moon-esque times, we rest into and align with the very Lunar, receptive, reflective energy of the coming New Moon in the very waters ruled by Luna. And then some. Tending, nurturing, slowing, receiving, rejuvenating, listening, dreaming, visioning, flowing, loving.... Continue Reading →

Big-Love Activation Zone + Music Medicine From Rising Appalachia

"Find your healing in the music that calls you the voice that enthralls you what do you belong to? ~ Medicine, Rising Appalachia The themes in this song, Medicine, are very much aligned with the Energies of Now (and moving forward,... Continue Reading →

Inspiration on the Walls

I wrote recently on "The Hidden Meaning and Beauty" of vandalism, neglect, and graffiti -- including the graffiti that we might not see as beautiful or sacred, but as (and fairly so) an example of ugliness and desecration. Blog brother... Continue Reading →

From Feeling Invisible and Unheard, to Deeply Seeing and Listening

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia... Continue Reading →

Blog-Sister Refeature: The Handless Maiden (and the Dark Night Journey)

Blog sister, Jessica Davidson, has posted a beautiful musing on the powerful story of The Handless Maiden, emphasizing how potent and meaningful this story is just now. Jessica writes: "The Handless Maiden is a myth that speaks powerfully to our... Continue Reading →

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