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The Sight Still Burns In My Soul

By Barbara Mayer

photo_barbaramayer2Today please allow a very personal sharing.

I was just looking forward to eighth grade graduation when a friend came to my home in Cicero, Illinois saying something was happening a few blocks away. We rode our bikes together to a scene which has never stopped burning in my soul.

A very large crowd of angry, shouting people had gathered in front of an apartment house. Some men with axes had broken into a second floor unit and shattered the front windows — only to allow them to throw pieces of furniture they had chopped up out those windows to the cheering people below. Read More→

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Mental Health Awareness Week Reaches Into Local Communities

By Barbara Mayer
(May 10, 2015) 

photo_barbaramayer2How does one navigate the mystery of a troubled mind?

Where can one find some magic key to free a tortured heart — as life demands continuing on in spite of emotions flailing about, where no answers seem available — or even existing at all?

Where are the answers when some of the questions rise from helplessness — to even threatening a sense of hopelessness?

How do we bring help to those caught in the web of mental illness? Read More→

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By Barbara Mayer
(April 7, 2015) 

photo_barbaramayer2A huge jet airliner screams downward, exploding against a mountain side as 150 souls are lost in a moment of horror and the quick release of death. One soul, however, remains the cause, and that one soul feeds the stigma so tightly held by some – mental illness. That’s the cause. That’s where we put the blame and feed the stigma even more.

Once again, however, the facts betray the label. In the scarring of that mountain side and the stealing of life from all those innocent souls, our search for meaning requires us to comprehend the terror, yet understand the deeper truth. This was a suicide, and while suicide usually occurs between an individual and her or his psychological problems, murder-suicides are very rare and almost nonexistent among airline pilots. Read More→

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Remembering Kayla Mueller

By Barbara Mayer
(February 11, 2015)

photo_barbaramayer2There is a saying in Zen that we keep becoming what we always were. Some of us take a long lifetime to reach any potential we may have, and some people die with a good part of their soul songs still unheard.

Then there is Kayla Mueller. As the sad news that this daughter of Arizona and our neighbor Prescott has lost her life as a captive in the savage chaos of rebels against humanity itself, we can now take heart that this young woman’s beautiful soul song is being heard with great clarity in every part of this planet. At a young age she had already understood that spending one’s life responding to the cries of the world is the very epitome of highest human endeavor. She had learned to follow her heart. Through her tireless dedication to ease the cries of the suffering and marginalized, she also showed us the possibilities of a new way of being — living with compassion and inclusion of all. Read More→

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‘And The Soul Felt Its Worth’  

By Barbara Mayer

photo_barbaramayer2Sedona AZ (December 3, 2014) – If there is any time of the calendar year when miracles can happen, we are in it right now. With Thanksgiving hopefully leaving us with memories of good times shared with people we love, we can use this holiday season to work for the greatest gift of all – and it is a gift we can actually give to ourselves as well as to others.

One song you will possibly hear in these next few weeks is “O Holy Night”. And in the words of that song may lie our invitation to embrace the concept of emerging from darkness into a profound dawn of true and powerfully incisive awareness. Read More→

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A Birth Day For Women And Men

By Barbara Mayer       

photo_barbaramayer2Sedona AZ (September 10, 2014) – Recently I was honored to be present at separate birthday celebrations of two fantastic women. In each case these were not the typical “Here I am, give me a present” birthdays. Instead, each of these women chose to witness the true fullness and beauty of her own age — as well as to empower all women present to share their own positive views of how to embrace the continuing gift of years.

Today’s media is engrossed in the scandal of Ray Rice brutally beating his future wife unconscious, and his ultimate dismissal from the professional football scene. I choose, however, to honor each of these women who becomes stronger with each birthday as she powerfully lives ahead into wisdom, age, and very real and very meaningful grace. In the birthday celebrations I witnessed, each woman took time to claim her age with dignity and a very beautiful strength. These were times of all women honoring themselves as they shared their own unique visions of how to bring new awareness and compassionate action to our very troubled world. Read More→

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Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul: The Tears of a Clown

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

There Is A Way Beyond Darkness

By Barbara Mayer

photo_barbaramayer2Sedona AZ (August 14, 2014) – Many of us will never have to worry about becoming celebrities, yet for some people who live in that world, the pressures of fame and fortune can also reach into the darker side of depression – which does not care how much fame or money anyone has.

The suicide of comic genius Robin Williams has touched many of us with near disbelief.  He was the man of joy and laughter. He was the master of comedy who could help us forget the pressures and pains of just being human. True, he spoke often of his bouts with depression, but he was always in recovery. At least that’s we thought. Read More→

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Meditation Can Help Restore The Wonder

By Barbara Mayer
(August 3, 2014) 

photo_barbaramayer2Since religion is such a key concept in today’s world, perhaps it will serve to look at its sources from as far back in ancient times as our cosmic clock will allow. While the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity take up so much attention — even now as violence rages in the Mideast – all religions have touched many, often for eons of time. Yet, while many people today are walking away from religion, the energies of past eras of worship remain in our cellular memory. They also remain in the rock and the soil, the water and the air of this planet herself. Read More→

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A New Mantra For Our Time

By Barbara Mayer
(July 11, 2014)

photo_barbaramayer2If we are to make a personal testament about ourselves, our beliefs, and how we want our lives to matter, one of our most basic thoughts would include the reality that we are not here alone. We belong.

Our personal analysis of how we belong depends on our psychological and spiritual maturity, as the ego of its nature demands attention and approval. An integral part of being human, however, is that our very identity rises from the fact we are part of something where, for better or worse, we belong and we matter. Read More→

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Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul: Elderly Or Elder?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

“Words Mean What I Want Them To Mean”

By Barbara Mayer

photo_barbaramayer2As a writer who has made a career of dancing with words, the line “Words mean what I want them to mean” carries one of the most telling realities we face today. That is the personal interpretation of any word which often leads to great errors of judgment, bias, and exclusion. Take, for example, the words “elderly” and “elder”.

To call someone an elder, in many traditions, is to acknowledge one’s wisdom and great advancement in the Art of Being Human. It is a term of honor. To use the word “elderly” in today’s society, however, can mark someone of at least physical, if not mental, diminished capacity. Both terms have their merits as well as their deficiencies, and as one who has been given the gift of years, I too face the challenges of continuing to grow into “wisdom, age and grace.” Read More→

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