MotherJana

Water is my wine. The earth is my body.

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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The Laying on of Hands

The power of touch is indescribable. There are no words. It is human connection at its most visceral, primal, important level. Can you imagine a child going through his life without anyone to hug him? Touch, primarily, is what drew me to reading about Jesus. He was a healer. He touched people’s bodies, and he touched their hearts—he saw their wounds, he made them new. I don’t know why we […]

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Honesty Is Honor

We must be honest with the people in our lives. Honesty does not mean being mean or cruel. It means speaking your Truth with an intention of Peace, and being open to what happens rather than trying to control it or force your hand. When we admit our own vulnerability, our own feelings, and allow ourselves to be honest, we might worry about how the other person is going to […]

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