The Way to Finding Powerful Human Connection — zen habits

By Leo Babauta As I write this, I’m sitting in cloud-filled rainforest at a retreat in Ecuador, surrounded by the calls of thousands of tropical birds and creatures, dense lush greenery, and some of the most open-hearted human beings I’ve ever met. Before I came here, I had some anxiety about meeting everyone, worried what… via…


I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents lately, and wondering: What if we all have to recover from childhood? To be clear: I am not discussing abuse situations in this post. I am curious about the experience of being a child – small, without agency, growing and changing and learning at a fast rate –…

Total Commitment 

  “It turns sacred when your total presence infuses the world with a force of wild grace. Thereafter follows liberation.” ~The Vertical Oracle

Prophecy-Fulfilling Self

Prophecy-Fulfilling Self A snow of dust is on the dresser, the unhinged bed lies open. I’m becoming someone I longed for wants ago. © 2015 Amoret BriarRose. All rights reserved. Image via Tryphena


  Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. ~Mary Oliver

The Gifts of Autumn

In retrospect, I can see in my own life what I could not see at the time: how the job I lost helped me find work I needed to do, how the “road closed” sign turned me toward terrain I needed to travel, how losses that felt irredeemable forced me to discern meanings I needed…

Both Sides Now

Image: Clouds by the aucitron – some rights reserved

Sacred Resistance

My life gets really busy. Just this last week, I was up at 6am most days to work out, worked 9-5, had two evening therapy sessions (couples therapy on Monday, personal therapy on Thursday), had two evening calls (and have one more to go this evening.) Tomorrow, I will be getting the house ready for…

Holy Shit, Comments

Some kind of demon has possessed my soul. I have allowed comments on my blog posts again. We’ll see how it goes! Image: Farting Demon (creator unknown – if you know who I should credit for this work, please contact me)

A BriarRose Update: State of the Thorned One

I just want to check in with the folks that are concerned about me during this time of great stress. For those of you not in the know, my mother is very ill and my family is moving and we have had unemployment woes – all in January-February. I am feeling steel-spined. As someone once…

Bumpy but Breathing

I know I’ve fallen off the face of the map here at Ye Olde Blog – life has been adventurous, and the road has gotten decidedly bumpy. It has been bumpy in good ways: my household will be moving mid-February, so we are all a-flurry with packing and parsing and all the goodness and stress…