May We Talk About Healing and Well Being

by Tracey Rich

Help! With the delicate nature of the times, a little balance would be gratefully appreciated. But how to achieve it? Turbulent times can always be found in someone's world somewhere, and at other times on a larger scale havoc can rock the world. We look for tools to right the unsteady boat of our lives.

Rolling up our sleeves and doing the hard work of following unrest to its source is a challenge indeed. You could pull at any thread in this complex universe and it would unravel a host of intersecting issues. In this time of hardship, confusion, and contrast can we manifest ways to find center, and from there find common ground on which to stand.

There are many great tools in the kit for personal development, inquiry and growth like Yoga, non-violent communication, and a host of other options. But, are these practices working individually and collectively at the level needed  to stem the rising tide of the dis-ease people are filled with?

We are inviting you to share with us how you right your world and bring about a greater sense of well being and healing. Please send us an email with thoughts on how you seek to find your balance and how it makes a difference in your world and the world around you. Email us at:

Here are a few of ours:

Reading, Inquiring into, and Discussing:  Freedom From the Known, Krishnamurti: Chapters on Fear and Love.

Investigating: Nonviolent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg, "Our survival as a species depends on our ability to recognize that our well-being and the well-being of others are in fact one and the same."

Being: Still. Just being still, for moments.

Recognizing: Vulnerability and sitting with that uneasy sensation and discomfort. Doesn't a yoga practice teach us to find the visceral places of dis-ease and learn how to be with them and what they have to teach us.


Spending: Time in Nature. The greatest healer and teacher. A living meditation.


Trusting in: Human nature. My faith is repeatedly restored and more than often, pleasantly surprised.

Start Close In

Start close in,
don't take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don't want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet.
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
give up on other
people's questions,
don't let them
smother something

To hear
another's voice
you own voice,
wait until
that voice

becomes an
intimate private ear
that can
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don't follow
someone else's
heroics, be humble
and focused
start close in.
don't mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don't take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don't want to take.

--David Whyte
from David Whyte: Essentials