Excerpts and Essays

I have gathered these excerpts over many years from many sources. Thank you to all the readers who have sent gifts of words to share and to all the writers who write so beautifully and bravely. Please email me at annie(at)soulflares.org if you would like to recommend some writing to add here.

Empty Bed by Debra Hori

Elegantly and with authentic, open-hearted detail, Debra Hori writes to the daily reality of grief after the death of her husband.

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Cherry Blossom Flurry by Debra Hori

In this short, powerful essay, Debra Hori speaks to the Valentine's gift her husband gave to her a year after he died.

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In the Service of Life

This essay written by Rachel Naomi Remen offers us the important differences between helping, fixing and serving. This is important reading for anyone who is dedicated to works of service.

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Anne Hillman from Awakening the Energies of Love

We stand at an evolutionary juncture, called to awaken to a new kind of Love. The Love is not a feeling; it is a great power. Awakening to this radically different Love may be gradual or it may come in a flash---an explosion that rocks you to your core. Either way, it will shatter your perception of who you think you are.

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Anne Hillman from Dancing Animal Woman

This book changed my life by providing me with the courage to seek my own path.

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Julia Cameron: From Walking in this World

Powerful words related to creativity and living an impassioned life.

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When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd

Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of contemplative spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis at midlife, when life seemed to have lost meaning and how her longing for hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of “active waiting.” (From her website)

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Ways of Looking at Power

Marion Woodman and Pema Chodron share their wisdom around the concept of power and how we can feel empowered.

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Words on Grief

Collected here are words directly or loosely related to grief.

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Doug Wilson - Poetry and Friendship

Doug Wilson is a Soul Flares reader who has written to me over the years with poetry, powerful insights and recommendations. This is a series of letters worth reading.

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