Love to Love You, Baby: 7 Ways to Brighten Your Love Light

When I was a teenager, I thought love was the answer to everything. If only people would just love! (I’d yell angrily.) Years later, after getting my heart smashed time after time, I looked back on my naivety and mused cynically: Love just isn’t enough. But now I see the Read More…

Spicy Sweet Potatoes

The holidays bring so many opportunities to let your senses play… the scents of warming spices, the textures of natural decorations, and the visual ambiance of flickering candles. All that sensory goodness can help you connect to your body and soul. Having easy go-to’s that soothe or ground you can Read More…

Sacred Sensual Home: Everyday Soul Scents

I stepped into a warmly lit bakery and caught a whiff of what I imagined was a lemony vanilla cloud made of love. That happy scent swirled around me and I inhaled deeply, eyes closed, luxuriating in the yummy, uplifting aroma. I felt joyful and comforted; my day got infinitely Read More…

Sacred Sensual Lifestyle: Luscious Lemon

Want to feel clear, bright and uplifted? We’re going to squeeze some precious drops of soul wisdom from that most versatile of citrus fruits, the lemon. When you experience pleasure and satisfaction through your senses, you naturally create a connection to your intuition. This sixth sense is the divine guidance Read More…

We Pray with All of Our Senses

I was driving through the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania — an unplanned five-hour trek home due to my friend’s canceled flight — feeling annoyed and disappointed. Suddenly, my busted-plan weekend shape-shifted into a sweet gift. The beauty of the terrain lifted my spirits: clear morning sunbeams lit up the ice-covered craggy mountain walls, like Read More…

Ray LaMontagne (Inadvertently) Talks About Sacred Sensual Living

I was moved to hear Ray LaMontagne sum up in a beautiful way some of the main ideas I play with through Sacred Sensual Living:   “I work really hard to stay grounded, to realize everyday how lucky I am, and we are, just to exist on this planet in Read More…

Embracing Earthy Energy

I opened the front door this morning and the sweet, warm smell of freshly mown grass rolled into the house. I peered out over the exploding fuchsia Rhododendron blooms and saw the first irises unfolding their silky layers and splaying into fragile plumes. Bird songs filled the air, like a Read More…

Essential Beauty

Beauty is a portal to your divinity, your sacred source. That’s the one thing I know for sure. (Love is the answer – that’s a close second.) Gazing at a Beautiful painting or sunset can calm or uplift you, delight or soothe. Beauty surrounds you, if you are looking through Read More…

Exploring for Inspiration: Paris

Architecture, food, gardens, museums… What fuels your creativity and inspires your art? Whether you’re a writer, painter, public speaker, chef, gardener, textile designer, songwriter, jewelry-maker… Where do you find the spark for your next creation? My trip to France in 2003 was a sensory feast that has inspired a bounty Read More…

Josh Ritter: Preacher & Poet

Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band at the Trocadero, 5/16:  I went to a secret service in a wooded grotto and held the steamy hands of strangers as we gathered in a horseshoe shape around some ancient mossy rocks. Josh summoned the forest nymphs who sprinkled gold rain onto Read More…