IMG_9667Last week, I gave my very first talk at Tacoma’s Northwest Float Center and it was a wonderful, if nerve-wracking, experience. As much as I’ve always loved speaking in front of groups, it was my first time speaking uninterrupted for 25 minutes; but I had a beautiful, receptive audience and the setting was perfect.

For a few months, I’d been looking for the a location to launch this new aspect of my work. As soon as I walked into Northwest Float, I knew it was the place. Not only is it a quiet, naturally contemplative space, it is free of the spiritual and religious iconography associated with churches, yoga studios and meditation centers.  While my own home has its share of Native American figurines, Buddhas, Hindu gods and Christian mystics, my work explicitly advocates what is possible apart from preexisting belief systems and spiritual traditions.  As I state in my talk, because we can bring contemplation to almost anything we do, it is as much about being human as it is about being spiritual. In fact, it is a wonderful practice for both accepting our humanity with all its “flaws” and “imperfections” as well as nurturing a sense of spiritual awe and unity.

To hear the complete talk, click on the following link and, please, let me know what you think: Download this episode (right click and save)