Entries by Debbie Philp

Podcast Ep. 107: Practicing Love

Before I recorded this episode, I sat outside for meditation, as I do daily, watched the squirrels, and contemplated love. The squirrels have been flirting with each other of late, but the love I was thinking of was not the romantic kind, but the deeper, divine love at the center of our beings – yours, […]

St. Francis of Assisi and the Wolf

When I began my research into St. Francis of Assisi for an interfaith seminary essay, I knew little of him beyond his designation as patron saint of ecology and the animals. I was curious how he became associated with animals and found a story about a wolf that intrigued me, especially in the context of […]

Moon Magic: Second Quarter Moon in Taurus

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 have recently begun to look at the Quarter Moons as well. I am not an astrologer, but I have enjoyed learning about this one aspect of astrology. I share some […]

St. Francis, Shaman

Last October I was asked to perform an informal blessing of the animals at my local community church on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. I knew little about St. Francis beyond his designation as patron saint of ecology and the animals, so when he showed up as a choice for a research […]

Podcast Ep. 106: Yoga for a Warrior’s Heart

The yoga practice sequence in this episode, which I’m calling “Yoga for a Warrior’s Heart,” came out of a moment when I was demonstrating Warrior II for a virtual client and remembered one of Will Keepin’s principles of spiritual leadership. The principle is that love creates the form, just like an open heart creates the […]

A Blanket of Snow

After a warmer-than-average December melted the little snow we received and early January froze that into a dangerous coating of ice, I appreciate the blanket of snow I see now. Even very cold days are brightened by the sunlight reflecting off the ice crystals. Perhaps it is due to pursuing interfaith seminary, Druidic studies, wildlife […]

Meeting the Eastern Hemlock

It was an abundance of tiny pinecones dangling below the branches that brought my attention to the tree this winter. I had not paid much attention to this tree in the past, mostly because it was just one of the many evergreens that grow here, and I had not spent time getting to know them […]

Moon Magic: New Moon in Aquarius

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. 105: Yoga to Ignite Your Core

We have been on a journey with the wolves, from soothing despair and frustration to recentering to, now, feeling ready to get charged up again. To ignite your core and build strength, try this heat-building yoga practice. If you find balance poses challenging, practice near a wall or have a sturdy chair handy. We are […]

Good Morning, Blue Jays (Part 2)

About the same time the “Vs” of geese could be seen heading south, the blue jay who had become my friend disappeared. For a few days I continued to leave peanuts then, assuming the blue jays had followed the geese, gave up and stood the canning jar that held the few remaining nuts on the […]