Entries by Debbie Philp

Podcast Ep. 114: Reemergence

I am calling this my reemergence episode. Since I last recorded, I have been ordained as an interfaith minister and I needed to figure out what that meant. You’ll hear me share my statement of ministry and personal vows. I’ll share one way I am reemerging into public (and you are welcome there). And you […]

On Listening, Gun Violence, and Squirrels

The morning after the terrible incident of mass gun violence in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, I did what I do every morning. I took my whole self, alternately weeping and fuming, outside to sit with the squirrels and find some solace in the other-than-human world. But there were no squirrels scampering to meet […]

Podcast Ep. 113: Honor Your Tired

It has been a month, friends. I got a bit whiny as I recorded this, but tired is my truth and I choose to honor it. If you feel it too, I hope you will also honor your tired and take some time for rest and renewal. The yoga in this episode is an easy, […]

Podcast Ep. 112: The Thing About Balance

I missed a couple of weeks of recording because some personal stuff upset the illusion of balance I had for myself. The thing about balance, especially that work-life balance that is often spoken of, is that it does not exist. Instead, we are merely juggling our obligations or, as I put it in this episode, […]

Podcast Ep 111: Mindfully Re-Centering

This week I have felt scattered, and I am having trouble focusing on tasks I need to complete, like creating a new podcast episode. World events, and my own stuff, have been distracting. To work with the disarray in my thoughts, I am sharing a simple mindfulness meditation practice, which I hope will be re-centering […]

The Land and Me

I have been thinking about ecology, which is the study of how beings interact with each other and their environment, to better understand what terms like “eco-spirituality” and “spiritual ecology” mean. Ecology seems pretty science-y, and science and spirituality are often thought of as opposites. Both spirituality and ecology are about relationships, however, and there […]

Ostara 2022: What We Plant

To create the ritual for my upcoming Ostara ceremony, I revisited my research looking for themes. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, which is associated with rebirth, revitalization, growth, and fertility. The equinox is also the time of balance when the daylight and dark are approximately equal. And there […]

Podcast Ep. 110: When Yoga Gets Loud

When my helping spirits gave me a message to “get loud,” I was not sure what they meant. Yoga, Reiki, and meditation are not loud practices. But I knew yoga could help strengthen our speaking up muscles, and the practice I planned was affirmed right before I recorded. Join me for an active yoga practice […]

Moon Magic: New Moon in Pisces

Each New and Full Moon I dig into lunar astrology to write my newsletter and to set the theme for the associated Turtle Journey. I am not an astrologer, but I have enjoyed learning about this one aspect of astrology. I share some of what I am discovering here, along with a bit of magic. […]

Podcast Ep. 109: A Prayer For Peace

I set aside my plan for this episode to instead record a meditative prayer for peace. I am following the invasion of Ukraine with a heavy heart, and this is my small offering towards cultivating peace, light, hope, and love in our world. I also pray that I can return to a serious but somewhat […]