How gratitude warms my heart this Winter Solstice

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions “I am the light of God in expression.” ~Today’s Daily Word (DW) Today millions (like me) are celebrating the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. To bring more light inside, I am reflecting on 2018 to share some thoughts …

Why and How to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Action Happy Almost Winter Solstice,  the shortest day and longest night of the year! For hundreds of years, travelers from around the globe gather the morning of December 21 at the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge (and many other stone circles) to witness the sunrise in the forever sky. …

12 Angel Muses to Ignite Your Creativity and Writing

Your Soul Cafe:  Conversations that Open  Hearts and Inspire Actions An old traditional saying believes, “An angel guides every act of creation.“ From November 1 to January 15, some 29 holidays–everything from Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa–are observed and celebrated by seven of the world’s major religions.Angels play major roles and often reflect and inspire the …

5 Ideas for Gifting the Miracle of Unwrapped Presents

Your Soul Cafe Blog: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions What are you gifting this holy season of love and light? Over the years, family and friends taught me the value of giving and receiving “unwrapped pressies” to yourself and others. The reasons are many to give unwrapped pressies as they…* Don’t involve the exchange of …

What will you birth in December’s delivery room?

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and  Inspire Actions “A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes alive.” ~ Norman Cousens How will you deliver your ideas in December? You’re now moving from November’s sacred space of gratitude into joyful expectations of new projects. New dreams. New beginnings.  …

5 Family Gratitude Rituals to Increase Joyance

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open  Hearts and Inspire Actions “Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving is first thanks, then giving.” ~Unknown There are many reasons to be grateful all year long, and especially in November, the official month of gratitude. Consider making the practice of gratitude not only doing–writing lists, practicing rituals, creating gratitude projects—but an …

11 Ways to Say THANK YOU to Your Network

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions! Gratitude is a practice. Make it a priority. Words matter more than ever. There are too many vitriolic words being shared on the airwaves. So in this official season of appreciation, why not expand the words (and actions) of love that say “thank you?”How important is …

Meet 11 Literary Muses for November Inspiration

YOUR SOUL CAFE: CONVERSATIONS THAT OPEN HEARTS AND INSPIRE ACTIONS “I have learned to surrender to the muse. I become obsessed with a theme or certain stories; they haunt me for years,  and finally, I write them.“-Isabel Allende How do you surrender to the muse? One way is to be curious while meeting some familiar and new …

Why and How to Write Your Epitaph on All Soul’s Day

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions “Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.” Frederich Nietzsche Tragically, recent current events remind us that life is fragile, fleeting, and not forever. The world is offering sympathy and condolences for lives lost in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting; the Yosemite death of an Indian couple …

Three Stages of Evolution: The Soul of Book Writing

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions After 18 months, I am grateful for the gentle book writing evolution through different and surprising stages. The following reflections surfaced during a recent Divine Dialogue Writing meditation. Book writing is anything but completing just a checklist; establishing a writing practice; identifying your ideal reader …