Welcome to my Blog!
I am very excited to begin this journey with you. It will unfold over the months and years, but today is the launching of this new avenue of exploration for me, and a way for us to stay in touch. I've been wanting to write a blog for years, and now is the time! Thank you for following me and I hope to hear from some of you as you read my musings.
15 years ago today, I was at Providence Hospital getting ready to have my first baby! Happy Birthday to Aria Elizabeth Lavenue, born at 6.11 pm on 7/14/04. We are so blessed to have you in our lives and amazed as we watch you grow into a confident, smart, strong, talented young woman. May your next year be full of love and joy and exploration and maybe even a Driver's Permit (omg!).
I choose to name this blog Harmony because it is the beautiful combination of being fully myself while being fully balanced within my community, be that the family community, church, country, or the world. To create beautiful harmony, one must become absorbed in the overall sound that is created, not dwelling on one's own sound entirely, yet not abandoning it either. Harmony is the ability to hold my center amidst the constantly changing pulse of life. It is to live the balance of self and others, knowing fully that we are one and that my "part" is essential to the whole. It is honoring that on the path to Enlightenment, the small self (the ego) will come to know the the True Self (God) through connection to others, through the day-to-day details of this life, not just through personal spiritual practice.
In my early years of searching for Truth, I would fantasize about going to live at an Ashram (I spent some months at one while visiting India, more on all of that later) and felt that being there was the fastest ticket to knowing God. Through marriage and raising two girls, life has clearly presented a different path to knowing God, and through it I have grown in more ways that I could have ever imagined. The harmony in my life now has come through embracing the paradox that in my heart I feel I am a monk, a devotee who longs to know God through each action of each day, and in my day to day life I am a mom, a wife, a teacher, a sister, a daughter, a minister, a singer, a dancer, a healer, a meditator, and a regular person, just like everyone else. To know Divinity is to be fully human. Earlier in my seeking, I spent years just wanting Divinity only please, the humanity stuff was just too messy! Thank heavens that has changed.
My purpose in having a blog is to share deeply with my community how Spirit moves us toward love, over and over again, in small and large ways, and to do this with humility and humor. Topics may focus on music/sound healing, movement, meditation/mindfulness, mysticism, and how we can allow this to influence our lives during the Trump Era:
For many of us, the current political mayhem has brought us to hunger deeply for Truth. Truth in politics yes, but also a deeper Truth that is within us, to manifest in the world through our thoughts/actions. We can feel the tensions around us and within us, the tension of a world swimming in Duality: democrats vs. republicans, black vs. white, rich vs. poor, the list is endless. This is the playground where we play everyday. Yet there is something within that longs to heal these rifts, to bring people together to create harmony whenever and wherever we can. This longing has a million names, but I like to use the word Truth. It is impossible to capture God/Truth/Spirit in one word because it comes from a place that is wordless, so please substitute your favorite word for Truth, if need be, when you read along. It is to this Truth that I dedicate this blog. The Truth that has called me to be a minister, a singer, a healer, and to share my version of wisdom about how we can be in this world, with ourselves and others.
Stay tuned as this writing journey unfolds. And may Harmony tap on the door of your thoughts, or maybe nudge you in your dreams tonight....