MotherJana

Water is my wine. The earth is my body.

The Enlightened One

“You have no bucket, and the well is deep.” John 4:11 “Jesus is God but God is not Jesus.” –My 4-year-old daughter, Izzy.   Spiritual seekers are like the Samaritan woman who goes daily to the well, trying to fill up her bucket with water. We try this, and we try that, and we see what this or that will do, all so that we may find greater wholeness. We take […]

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The Sense and Essence Podcast, Episode 1: “Why Meditate?”

What’s the big deal about meditation? Why are people always talking about it? Can it really change your life? My friend Dan Staub and I very much believe it can, and for the better. In this first episode of our Sense and Essence Podcast, we discuss what initially brought each of us to meditation as well as some of the benefits we’ve noticed in our lives through a regular practice. […]

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Embrace Your Sorrow

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. –Rumi, “The Great Wagon” I have this bad habit of asking God to take away all my pain, particularly my sorrows. I’ve always sort of thought if I could walk through life like a robot, making all the “right […]

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The Job That Always Pays

“On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.” –Bhagavad Gita We think that our purpose in this life is to find a paying job we like, so we can have money to fulfill our needs and desires. From an early age, we ask kids, “What do you want to be when […]

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Finding the One

I’ll admit it, I’ve been on dating apps. It’s somewhat of a hellish experience, except when it works. Swipe left, swipe right. Good, bad, ugly, weird. Yes, no, yes, no. That’s a really bad way to live in this world. If you can get past the barrage of images and look at people with an open heart, you’re on a better track, but many of these apps just make you […]

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Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

There is a tendency in us to shy away from certain people. Something in our minds says No. We push them away. Often they’re the kind ones, the beautiful souls. I’m not talking about what your gut says, because your gut is usually right. I’m talking about what your head says. We see, too often, with our face-eyes, and not with our hearts. We judge, and we select. We say, Good to […]

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Angels and Demons

There is so much beauty in this life, but we have to choose it. There is always a choice. Roughly a year ago, I was in a very dark place. My doctor gave me a medication that we both thought I needed, but which I didn’t realize would cause extreme depression. I woke up every morning with a gnawing in my gut, a feeling that I had screwed up my […]

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