dancing in the still point on the spiral journey of life

Posts by Loran Hills

Tasting Life Twice

We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection. ~ Anaïs Nin   Retrospection, the action, or process of looking back on things is something I’ve been obsessed with my whole life. Starting with a diary in third grade, I wrote things like, “Joni is a brat.” And, “Johnny let me ride…

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#64shadesofcrayons

Some days are dark and depressing. The news is difficult to digest. Like many of my friends, I’ve been struggling with it all. Then, one day I happened upon a marvelous quote.   Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a…

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Reflections on Curiosity

Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul. ~ Meg Rosoff   My words are mirrors of…

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The Edges of Time

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. ~ Rabindranath Tagore   For a long time now, I’ve wanted to understand time. Yes, I can read a clock or consult the calendar, but that’s not the experience of time that I’m trying to understand. The passing…

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Continuing Education in the School of Life

For many years, one of my greatest joys and deepest held beliefs has been the practice of getting to know the Place where I live in a deep and intimate way. I believe that if everyone in the world passionately cared about her or his own backyard or neighborhood, then every place in the world would…

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You are the center from which your life flows

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. ~ Eckhart Tolle   Take a moment to breathe deeply.   Focus on being fully present.   Now.   It’s gone.   Deep breath.   Another.…

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Wisdom emerges out of experience

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come. ~ Rumi   In my last blog post, To know sorrow, I wrote about the loss of dear friends.…

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To know sorrow

No matter how the night may weld It’s chain of grief with longing new, No power is stronger than the passion That also pulls our lives apart. ~ Boris Pasternak   I had premonitions. Fears. Dreams. But it was still a shock, hearing those words, “Yes, he’s dead.” Irrevocable words.   He was 21 years old.…

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Get Outside!

There are so many benefits to spending time in nature! It can help increase the quality of your sleep, reduce depression, and improve mental health. Being in nature can also help control pain and negative stress.   In our high-tech society, it appears to be increasingly difficult to connect with nature, even for kids. Why So…

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Mountain Mama Redux

My first blog, Many Rivers To Cross, started out as a travel blog and eventually morphed into a nature blog. I was so afraid of being online that I used mountain mama for my identity. Eventually I became more comfortable and open about who I am. What you see is what you get now, both online…

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