This Being Human was born of one of my very favorite poems, yes. Of course. Written hundreds of years ago by one of the best teachers - Rumi - it carries a timeless wisdom.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
This site was also born of just being human for over a half century, at a time when this planet seems to be going through rapid change with many of us called to support that change and allow ourselves to be transformed in the process.
This place is for you, then, if you feel that call, the invitation to learn to flow with all that is, rather than following the norm of categorizing all matters into good or bad. If you know that you are here to do Something even though perhaps clarity has not come so you are not quite sure what that Something is. If you believe that life is about who you be rather than what you do - even though you’d really like to do, too. It is for all of us who screw up regularly, yet get up and do it again another day, for the ones who show up. Relentlessly.
I hope you’ll find inspiration here, and comfort, and a sense of belonging. Of knowing you are in good company and that you are so welcome in this world.
Let’s walk into it all together, shall we?
I’m a very human being who has lived a very full life and hopes to continue to do so during my second half! This part, though, I’m doing for myself, as myself. After decades of doing my best to make everyone else happy and never really succeeding (because it’s impossible!), I started to remember who I really am, why I came here, what I came into this life knowing.
Living from that place of innate knowing has changed everything. Not just leaving the “American Dream” and plopping myself in the middle of a Zulu community in the Lebombo Mountains, not only dedicating myself to service done from the place of a full well - or attempting to, but every thing. The way I think, what I spend my energy on, the images I see in “real life” and in my dreams. More than anything, the way I see myself.
I’m told, quite often, that I’m brave. Some call me an angel. I’m not particularly either. I am, like you, a very human being who regularly screws up. I do, though, dust myself off and try again - over and over. Maybe you do, too. Or you’d like to. In any case, I’m glad to be in your company and I hope you find inspiration here for your journey.
All I can do is tell you my stories, listen to yours and encourage you to live into your dreams. It’s my honor to do just that, every day. Here and in person, whichever comes first!