WUNJO - The Rune of Joy

Years ago I bought The Book of Runes by Ralph H. Blum. It's a handbook for the Spiritual Warrior and the rune stones are an oracle providing a mirror and a little magic for knowing yourself deeply. I've consulted these runes many times over the years and value the way they consistently bring my focus directly to the heart of the matter. Wunjo (joy) is a rune that repeatedly appears for me - an inner urge to follow my joy always. It's a good way for me.

Writing is something that brings me peace, joy and exhilaration to share my inner world. Writing helps me make sense of myself and my world. I started writing for myself in high school. Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way introduced me to Morning pages and they have been my friend for years.

green and gold

Yesterday I drove through a stunning landscape of gold and green. Lush vineyards and golden hills. Some vines have lovely scattered flowers growing underneath. Those make me smile. The rows of vines are so orderly. They feed my need for structure and organization and make me feel calm. I can only imagine the amount of…

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loosening

A few days ago, I was watering my yard and noticed a hummingbird was following me around. I realized that she wanted a drink of water. It was a hot afternoon. I held the water stream steady and she buzzed in and out of it a few times. I was happy to help her cool…

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Custard Tarts

Today I’m happy about my outing in San Francisco. My mission, which I accomplished, was to find pretty, good quality mahjong tiles in Chinatown. I expected the city to be crazy on a beautiful Saturday. I expected traffic and challenging parking in Chinatown. I expected the unexpected and a possible adventure. The 40-minute drive flew…

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Sunset to Moonrise

Sunset to moonrise hike last night. Listening to a book written 20 years ago about a dystopian future that sounds a lot like today. The imagined suffering that is now real made me cry. It’s so chronically exhausting to see all that is failing, depleting, exploitative, and toxic, and to know that people in power…

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Favorite Mug

This is my favorite mug. I’ve been drinking my morning tea from this mug for 20 years. My hand fits perfectly through the handle so I can feel the warmth of the pottery in my palm. My thumb rests perfectly in a groove on top of the handle. It feels just right. This mug holds…

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47

Wisdom of just barely 47. Sitting and breathing fully is the most healing choice and a gateway to my own wisdom. A birthday can be quietly nurturing and soulful. My own secret adventures make me happy. Magic happens alone in the redwoods under a waterfall. Fully receiving all the birthday love from those available to…

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medicine moment

I feel joy in the practice of recognizing sacred healing medicines of the earth. The sacredness is a subtle energy that gives me pause, inspiring me to wonder, look closer, listen, learn and consider. The healing is in the moments I allow myself to remember all that is beyond me and the exquisite design of…

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Berkeley

I came to Berkeley to hear Cathy Park Hong interview Ocean Vuong. It’s a free event, first come, first serve, and I thought that getting here 2 hours early would be okay. 2 hours early had a line all the way around the block of the BAMPFA Center. I almost decided to just keep driving…

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sacred paradoxical vessel

One of the fascinating opportunities available when blessed with a human life is becoming a sacred paradoxical vessel. That could look like finding peace within wildly opposing truths, holding space and reverence for the full spectrum of humanity, and honoring the sacred center within. I love what we are capable of and I can feel…

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San Quentin

Sunset at San Quentin. Tonight I helped 2 incarcerated men create resumes as part of the Prison to Employment Connection. They were both extraordinary and beautiful humans. One is dedicated to working as a therapeutic group facilitator for men. He’s inspired to help other men heal the way he was able to heal with the…

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Diana Williams

Today was a beautiful day. The air felt warm. The earth felt soft. The sunshine sparkled on the water. Monarch butterflies danced and flirted about. The sky was bright blue. The clouds were puffy and cute. Flowers seemed to have bloomed overnight and the abundance of new green life was everywhere. The light was magic…

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Letter from Love

I recently heard Elizabeth Gilbert speak about the Letters from Love that she writes herself. It made sense to me so I immediately tried it. Turns out that it was so helpful. Just what I needed. I’d say these words to you as well. Dear Abby, You are loved. I love you. The circle of…

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