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By Barbara Mayer
(December 1, 2015)

Please allow a rather personal column this time around, as I share what the loss of an animal pet can do, and might do when it is time for that special cat, dog, photo_barbaramayer2bird or whatever to go back into the greater Consciousness again. This short piece is posted on Facebook, but for those who don’t venture into the Facebook world, I have been encouraged to print this here – again with thanks to the Sedona Biz staff.

These words are also dedicated to the memory of one small black cat who knew how to make love manifest every time she was around.  But isn’t that what animals are all about? Just love. Unconditional love. Just in whatever moment is passing by… Read More→

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By Barbara Mayer

As we approach Thanksgiving and the holidays, greater emphasis is put photo_barbaramayer2on the concept of family – whether celebrating with our blood family, or the more prevalent family of friends who offer us the warmth and sharing of what our lives have now become.

In brilliant performances last week, and with two more shows scheduled for this coming weekend, the theatre troupe of Mingus High School has a very special message to convey. Partnering with the Mental Health Coalition of the Verde Valley, the group is presenting Next To Normal, an award winning musical which deals with mental illness and its impact on all members of the family. Read More→

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Sedona AZ (October 1, 2015) – Barbara Mayer has a genius for listening deeply to everyone and for deeply celebrating multiple perspectives. Barbara can speak on a wide range of topics. She has been a nun with a photo_barbaramayer2convent and in many ways is currently a nun without a convent, choosing to minister among people of differing faiths and those beyond faith into the living truth of mystical experience.

This Saturday at 10am at the Sedona Public Library, she will speak to what happens when we are willing to move beyond labels to meet the joy and wisdom of transformation. She will offer a guided meditation with time for discussion and holy silence, the mother of life in spirit. Read More→

By Barbara Mayer

You’re invited to a Woman VotePower happy hour event in West photo_barbaramayer2Sedona on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Vino di Sedona from 4 to 6 pm. There will be entertainment from Sedona women Elizabeth Oakes, Teri Bays and even me as we share celebration of women winning the right to vote so far ago in 1920.

This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley as women and yes, men, are invited to stop by at the West Sedona restaurant to mark that step forward in America’s history. Read More→

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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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