MotherJana

Water is my wine. The earth is my body.

journey

A Virgin Is An Independent Woman

A couple of years ago I traveled to Colorado to see the mountains. The Rockies were calling me, like a Mother. I sat at breakfast one morning in Denver and met a couple who was traveling from New York. They had a young daughter. As I spoke to the mother about my journey, my plan to see Denver and Boulder and hike through Estes Park, I noticed her looking at […]

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Without a Map

“Keep yourself a stranger and pilgrim upon earth, to whom the affairs of this world are of no concern. Keep your heart free and lifted up to God, for here you have no abiding city.” –Thomas a Kempis, The Inner Life On my solo journey through Europe, I have realized I have a much better time, and am led to much better places, when I don’t rely on a map. […]

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My Pilgrim-Gypsy Soul

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered I am something like a pilgrim. Not the kind in a weird hat and heavy clothes, boots and stiff jackets and stuff like that. A pilgrim, as in, a wanderer for a home in the depths of my soul. Every time I go on a journey, I feel I am coming back to myself. Rather than feeling far from home, I feel closer […]

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Music Will Save You

Music has saved me so many times. Not long ago, I wrote a short story about a 12-year-old girl who was sad and lonely. She didn’t know what was what in her life, and she had already been through several heartbreaks. But she put on her Walkman and pressed Play, and the woman’s voice that sang in her ear told her she was not alone in her struggle. And at […]

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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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Wildflowers

Three years ago, in March, I took a trip to the Grand Canyon. It was a place I always wanted to go, and for some reason, it felt like the right time. I was at the cusp of a new job, a new beginning, and the desert was calling to me. I had never gone on a trip by myself before. I had never even hiked. But I wanted to […]

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Spring Mix

It’s spring, and all the trees in my neighborhood are bursting with color. I’m also taking a lot more walks, listening to the birds, seeing nature rising up in splendor everywhere. Even the crows seem harbingers of something good, their squawks more chipper than usual. Ever since college, I’ve been a big believer in the mix tape, even though no one listens to cassette tapes anymore. Making a mix tape […]

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