dark mother. with child.

young, innocent, the black madonna greets me as i turn the corner from the room i will be teaching in on the way to the dining room.

i stop. breathe her in. her presence a paradox, an invitation.

to drop.

to drop out of ordinary mind. to drop into mystery.

to drop agenda.

to stop.

i surrender myself to you. i surrender myself to become an instrument of love, grace, and healing as you direct my life.*

i surrender to the mystery. to the darkness. to the life that is arising within and around me.

she reminds me of these lessons of winter, of letting go, of not knowing, of dark, mysterious ways.

how do you drop into the mystery?
how do you let go into the not knowing?
what practices support you?


join me Sunday, February 19th for a Women’s Way of the Happy Woman® Winter Mini-Retreat where we can explore together the dark and necessary gifts of the winter.

or for a deeper dive into the dark in order to reclaim more light, today is the LAST day to register for Sara Avant Stover’s SHE School 2017: a 9-month women’s spiritual practice community that dares to speak the truth about the messy, confusing, and wildly fulfilling path of feminine awakening. i’ll be mentoring and participating, too.


i’d love to practice with you!


* prayer learned from Caroline Myss’s Entering the Castle



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