Original art by Robin Reynolds

Middle Aged White Women, a poem written & performed by Robin Reynolds

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 21          3SharesThis week I had the opportunity to interview Robin Reynolds on the Conversations Podcast. Robin is a Manager and Engineer who is a scientist by day and an artist and poet by night. She performed her spoken word poem Middle-Aged White Women. The message is multi-faceted, yet, at the core, we learn that ‘What you see is not what you get.’ You can listen to the poem here. Scroll down… Read More »

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Episode 6 Conscious Life Space's Conversations Podcast featuring Robin Reynolds

Truth Memories Love, A Path to Healing with Art, A Conversation with Artist & Poet Robin Reynolds

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 15          6SharesA conversation with artist and poet Robin Reynolds Episode 6 As we traverse this path of life on earth, we can get caught up in what happened to us. We can get stuck and become a victim or our own circumstances. We can also choose to shift and transform and look at life as happening for us and pull ourselves up and out of the mire. We can transform our… Read More »

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Northern California Sky

Hugging Bubbles and Floating with Clouds

Through the Eyes of a Child

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 125          26SharesMy favorite art exhibit absolutely ever is Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds housed at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. To experience Silver Clouds is to become a child again lying in the backyard lost in a summer sky, your imagination bobbing about gently in big puffy clouds. You frolic with dogs and kite-wielding dragons or pilot a cirrocumulus pirate ship through the great sky sea. Silver Clouds doesn’t hang… Read More »

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Frankentoes, My beautiful ugly feet - illustration

My Beautiful Ugly Foot

Finding beauty in the difference

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 234          36Shares A few years ago, a sloppy surgeon butchered my right foot. I went to Dr. Garrett for routine bunion surgery and left his office traumatized. He lopped off a full third of my second toe and made bending my big toe ever again impossible. I used to be a distance runner and suffered significant foot pain from my bunions whenever I ran more than ten or twelve miles, which… Read More »

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Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium Maria Sibylla Merian - ART - Illustration

Quitting smoking, fat yoga and menopause – not necessarily in that order.

I am not this body.

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 117          18Shareseditor’s note: You can listen to a minisode podcast referencing this article, links and embeds are at the end of the article for your listening pleasure. A few years ago, after quitting smoking for the very last time – really it is and was the last time – my body went haywire. The detox from the nicotine wasn’t an issue for me mentally. I had quit a few times before… Read More »

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Human suffering and beyond from the series Even Angels Die and/or Razboi Oil on canvas by artist Amy Adams (2008/9)

Life on earth sometimes includes horror, wounds & suffering

Making sense of the absurd and senseless

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 12          3SharesA lot of people will tell us that the world operates under a set of universal laws and we create our own reality. Even if it were true and there is strong evidence towards this idea, I’m not arguing for or against it. I’m simply wanting to discuss the fact that there is a lot of horror in this world and with all this horror there are a lot of… Read More »

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Rising from the Sea - evolution - Conscious Life Space

Remembering the 9th of February

Love & Remembrance

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 113          14SharesNo, you didn’t miss this February holiday, this 9th of February, it’s my day, a day of remembering. I used to try to forget. February, for many people, is the short month, the last month to get through the winter blues. March seems more hopeful as the days feel longer and we are teased with warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere. But in February, we’re distracted with Valentine’s Day mid-month… Read More »

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Luis Santiago

Luis

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 2120  1       123SharesI’m thinking of Luis today. He lost his sister a long time ago. He was young, she was younger. It destroyed his parents. Of course, her death would. That is expected. He was hurt too, but their mourning consumed them and life was no longer happy and normal. Christmas stopped. Celebrations and joy were on hold. Rituals became meaningless for them. He felt sad. He was still their child. It… Read More »

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Lemon Pie - Conscious Life Space - photo credit: Whitney Wright

I remember you and your plump pies…

Thank you Maggie Rodwheil

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 15  1       7SharesWhen I was in third grade, my parents hired a “maid,” who was in her late 50’s, by the name of Maggie Rodwheil. It was an erroneous title, as the job required her to be a substitute mother and a cook, who generously helped to clean up after eight people. She happened to be an excellent chef, and she worked 10-hour days, to cover for the time when our mother… Read More »

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Yoda - you must feel the force around you.

Open the gates! Allow the Force to Flow

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  7          7SharesThere are defining moments in a nation’s history and then there are defining moments in cinematic history. My generation was too young to have any real remembrance of the JFK assassination. We were born into a world where our nation was at war. Young men were being killed and becoming killers but our cities, suburban households and rural areas weren’t being bombed. The war was far, far away from us.… Read More »

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1920s Women smoking on a train

“On Gram”

A poem for Florence

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  8          8SharesFlorence Fowler (b.1907-d.1988) In her last years, she had arthritis and spent every day shuffling around the kitchen, taking breaks as she was determined to make a delicious meal for her grandsons who lived on the floors above her. She didn’t complain about her arthritis and found enjoyment in nourishing her grandsons. Florence was a pathmaker and leader as the first woman manager in the offices of the A&P grocery… Read More »

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Beggars knocking on my door

To share or not to share? Guilt, experiences and other thoughts on the topic.

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  2          2SharesThanks for visiting the site and watching my videos. The ‘Vlog’ is a 1-year experiment that started at the end of August 2017. My goal is to share videos about issues or topics (that may not be politically correct) that concern me or I think might be of interest to discuss. What topics would you like to discuss? Please subscribe to the channel, leave comments and share with your friends.… Read More »

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Nature Walk - Chrissy Miller - Conscious Life Space Guru

Lost in the tranquil forest, a journey towards peace

Dumbfounded by the beauty and loneliness of it all.

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 194          95SharesMy love of nature conflicts with my disdain for constant solitude. I am lost in the woods. I sit on our kitchen deck listening to the babbling creek below wend its path from the mountains to the sea. The meditative chant of the water soothes me as it cantillates rhythmically over the rocks. I breathe in the deep clean smell of the redwood trees as they warm in the summer… Read More »

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Finding a path and holding on

even when you think - it’s not alright.

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             Growing up Catholic, I went the whole nine yards but never asked why. I was Christened, wore my pretty white dress for Holy Communion and finished it off with Confirmation and even went to Catholic school. God was barely mentioned at home, we rarely went to Church, these Catholic rituals were more of an excuse for a party. My daughter used to say that we were “once a year Christians.”… Read More »

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Photo by Mayur Gala on Unsplash - Conscious Life Space Guru

Love Your Enemies

even when your enemy is your own self-loathing

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             Recently I wrote about accepting and seeing what really ‘is’ in my article Confusion and Finding a Clear Path. Not so surprisingly, this very same topic comes up in the discussion in the video below. Thus my lords and ladies, methinks it appropriate to share this wonderful talk from NYC’s 92nd Street Y which features 2 authors of the book Love Your Enemies with the discussion led by one of… Read More »

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Walking Along The Canal - Conscious Life Space

Walking Along the Canal

Meeting and Meaning

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 11          2SharesAlong the canal Relief. A sense of relief washed over me today and I was filled with a gladness as I met one of my favourite souls along the path along the canal. He was missing for several months. No, no one reported him missing, only that he was missing from my life. I don’t even know his name. Every day, he walks slowly and carefully as he steps along… Read More »

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Embrace oil painting by artist Amy Adams art as shown on Conscious Life Space Guru

Love, Maybe Love Stays

Maybe love can't...

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             Sarah Kay and Phil Kay of Project V.O.I.C.E. talk about love – Maybe Love Stays Maybe love stays? Maybe love can’t….Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to and love leaves exactly when love must. When love arrives say ‘Welcome, make yourself comfortable.’ If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her. Turn off the music. Listen to the quiet. Whisper. ‘Thank you for stopping by.’ Share… Read More »

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porch room old doors and windows - Conscious Life Space Guru

The doors and windows are shut but there are no locks

...anyone can enter.

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             Welcome to Conscious Life Space, You are your own guru! Just a few nights ago, before launching this site, one of my dreams took place in a room where there were windows and doors, all of them were closed, yet there were only holes where doorknobs and locks would be. It upset me. After thinking about it in my waking hours, it seems to me that perhaps it simply my… Read More »

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Poopsie my stuffed plush dog - Conscious Life Space Guru

Plush Dogs Heal Hearts

A Poem for Poopsie, Keeper of Secrets

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             Her presence alone whispered comfort. I cannot remember ever being without her, even now, she sits in a basket in the closet filled with my intimate garments, suppose it’s apropos since she is the keeper of my deepest darkest secrets, hopes, dreams, disappointments and successes. There was never even a need for words even when they were spoken, as it was by osmosis that she absorbed everything. She was just… Read More »

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Luck when opportunity meets preparedness - Maneki Neko - quote

Is luck, successes dirty little secret?

ponderings on the intersection between the two

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             Early last year, I read and shared an article on my art blog by Jeff Goins, The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed: On Networks, Connections, and Relationships. With the article was my editor’s note, which essentially boiled down to my thoughts about the word luck because it provoked emotions that provoked some thought – so here I share my thoughts on LUCK… …for me, I think there… Read More »

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historic illustrations mourning crows public domain - Conscious Life Space Guru

Connected Souls, Universal Grief, The mourning caw of the crow.

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             When someone close to us leaves to begin the next step on their spiritual journey, we are left behind to begin the grieving process. Our typical process would first be our own personal way of saying goodbye, whether that be a funeral, or I, as many others will refer to it as a “celebration of their life.” Yet, coming to terms with the death of a loved one is not… Read More »

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