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“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” ~ Swami Vivekananda

A joy, a sorrow, a delight, a difficulty. The winds and tides of change.

A joy, a sorrow, a delight, a difficulty. These are all coming and going, happening all across the universe. May we find solace and comfort knowing that our experiences will not last forever, and that we are infinitely connected through these experiences. Let us not feel separate for them, but ever more unified, to one another and to the vast mystery of life itself.

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41. Tina O’Connor

41. Tina O'Connor. I can't really separate Tina from her mother, a woman we called Granny, who died at the age of 103 sometime when I was just out of college. I had know Granny my whole life - the O'Connors were our next door neighbors in the house where I was born....

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23. Sandy Kenny

23. Sandy Beckwith Kenny, aka my mom. Now, to say my mom was a major influence on my life would be quite the understatement, given that she actually gave me my life, but she has influenced me in countless other ways as well, all of which I am truly grateful. The first...

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time + discernment + action = CHANGE

As a person who has worked hard all through this campaign, as a person who has a voice in spiritual communities, I want to say something. I want to find the right words to express the depths of sadness in my heart right now, and to add some words of solace or hope to...

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29. Liz Caemmerer

29. Liz Caemmerer. When I first met Liz, the co-founder of the Grunewald Guild, I was a little intimidated. She was almost 70, tall and sturdy, and she seemed to almost float into the room, powerful, regal and yet also reserved - there was nothing about her that...

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God is the grace in the space

I walked down the aisle to the Nick Cave song, “Into my Arms.” The first verse starts, “I don’t believe in an interventionist God, but I know darling, that you do.” It continues, “If I did, I would kneel down and ask him, not to intervene when it comes to you.” It was...

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31. EB Ferdig

31. EB Ferdig. I first met EB when she was a student on our Samarya Yoga teacher training two week retreat many years ago. I remember so many things about her from back then - she is hard to forget, with her short blonde hair, her super model presence, her great sense...

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19. Jk Jaganathan

19. Jk Jaganathan. JK started coming to The Samarya Center, probably for the primary series class, and ended up being on our board of directors, along with Vester Marshall, Nancy Figatner, James Hayden and others, but Vester and JK would often roll up in JK's...

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14. Gloria Steinem

14. Gloria Steinem. When I first had the idea to list 50 people who influenced or inspired me over my lifetime (in the 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday), I made a list. 27 people came to me right away. Gloria Steinem was number 4, followingStephanie Sisson,...

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