Author: lizjansen

Celebrate the Return of Light with Peace

by Liz Jansen Today we celebrate the return of the light in the northern hemisphere. For tens of thousands of years, people around the world have celebrated this sacred and auspicious time. Tonight I’ll celebrate with a contemplative lantern walk

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How to Find Your Voice — and What to Do When You Hear It

by Liz Jansen Two weeks ago inexplicable phone glitches interrupted a regular session with my spiritual teacher. During our time, the line went silent five or six times. I’d notice when my words didn’t elicit a response. She’d try calling

How to Make the Most of Every Day — and Why

by Liz Jansen Every morning I start the day with a prayer and intention to make the most of every day. I’ve done it for years. In the evening when I look back at the day, the results are always

Power and Resistance: Moving Beyond Fear to Action

by Liz Jansen I debated on whether or not I should publish this post. On the one hand, I felt drawn to write it as a follow up to a previous post. On the other hand, I felt resistance. Seriously!

Learning to Express Gratitude in the Everyday

by Liz Jansen Expressing gratitude was an engrained practice in my family. Every day, my grandfather gave thanks to God for being able to live in a land of freedom and peace. Even during years of poverty and hardship, prayers

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Managing the Friction Zone — Life Lessons from Motorcycles

by Liz Jansen Owning our power is one of life’s biggest challenges. Learning to use our energy without wasting it takes practice, persistence, and self-compassion. Like riding a motorcycle, we all have a friction zone. It’s recognizable as that area

The First Motorcycle Trip of the Season That Wasn’t

by Liz Jansen It was meant to be my first motorcycle trip of the season. Instead I’m doing it in a Nissan Note. The more successful outcome is that wisdom and pragmatism prevailed in an emotional situation. Eight years ago,

Changing the Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

by Liz Jansen Imagine my surprise when I walked into the back yard recently and discovered new denizens had taken positions around the gardens. Snow White and five of the seven dwarfs must have entered through the opening in the

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Learning How to Live from Being With the Dying

by Liz Jansen In my last post, I talked about infinite possibilities and having priorities rearranged by events beyond our control. I’m grateful to have taken time to spend with my dad in what would be his last days. No

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Infinite Possibilities in Unusual Personal Times

by Liz Jansen It’s a marvel to observe that tests of faith come when we least expect them. Arriving in forms that mean the most to us, they’re guaranteed to catch our attention. They’re a gateway to infinite possibilities. Learning to

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