Archive for Barbara Mayer

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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logo_lettereditorBy Barbara Mayer, Sedona Resident
(May 5, 2014)

With more stress prevalent in these challenging times, greater compassion as “People Who Hear The Cries Of The World” must also address those whose cries are seldom acknowledged because of the stigma placed on mental illness. Yet, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults experience some form of mental disorder and 20% of teens have severe mental problems. Read More→

Concern For People Living with Mental Illness

By Barbara Mayer

photo_barbaramayer2I have dedicated further editions of this column to the concept of Kwan Yin – or any other caring figure in belief systems around the planet who stand for and call for the Spirit of Compassion as One Who Hears The Cries Of The World.

Yet this column features one group of society whose cries are either never heard or who are quietly dismissed because of the sociological bias against those who suffer from various degrees or modes of mental illness. Read More→

A Sharing of Discoveries
By Barbara Mayer

photo_barbaramayer2Sedona AZ (March 30, 2014) – With this new year new ideas have come for this column, and as we tiptoe into the first stages of the Age of Aquarius, one of the chief characteristics of this new way of being on the planet is emphasis on compassion and inclusion of all in our one human family.

Many are aware of the archetype of Kwan Yin as “One who hears the cries of the world” and in my Sedona Scene/SedonaSoul columns I will highlight some ways we can become positive voices who are willing to respond to cries we so often may neglect. Future columns will address such topics as mental health, care and assistance for veterans, the need for and the current successes of greater volunteerism, and exploring the various energies Sedona offers to residents and visitors alike. Read More→

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A week-long journey of sharing and growth
by Barbara Mayer

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Something very special happened in the first week of February, and the reverberations are still being felt by many who attended the events of Sedona’s first annual World Peace Dance Celebration.

Beginning with a stirring yet practical speech on Sunday by non-violence activist John Dear, the week moved into a treasure trove of 22 workshops, all donated by volunteer Sedona artists, facilitators and experts in many fields from personal growth to spiritual enlightenment. As each workshop was presented, a very flexible community of attendees began gathering at different workshop events – and as the week progressed so did the very tangible sharing of peace, understanding, compassion and discovery. Read More→

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Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul:
Take Time For Peace

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Week-long events are available for the asking

A Sharing With Barbara Mayer

photo_barbaramayer2Sedona AZ (February 2, 2014) – Depending on when you are reading this new column, there are still many free Sedona workshops on a variety of great topics inviting you to attend them.

A huge part of the Sedona World Peace Dance celebration comes in the form of free events all during this first week in February. Given for no charge by a number of talented teachers and facilitators, the public is invited to take advantage of workshops covering such topics as meditation, creating new ways of using our actions and our attitudes, learning new ways to deal with social change, and understanding not only ourselves but, for example, how also to understand the differences between those of us who live in the western world as opposed to the mindset and values of those who view life from the eastern side of our little planet. Read More→

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Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul:
Give Peace a Dance!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Sedona World Peace Dance Celebration –
A Week of Workshops, Events, Creativity

 photo_barbaramayer2A Sharing With Barbara Mayer

Sedona AZ (January 14, 2014) – You may not be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – as the keynote speaker of a new Sedona event has been — but this new year in Sedona brings an exciting opportunity to witness many different ways to create, support and manifest peace in ourselves, our Verde Valley, our state, nation and world.

Sedona’s inaugural World Peace Dance Celebration is scheduled to begin with a keynote address by peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear at Sedona’s Creative Life Center on Sunday, Feb, 2, at 1PM. This free event will feature aspects from Dears’ new book, Living A Nonviolent Life. Read More→

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Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Vision and The Vote — Moving Beyond Labels
A Sharing with Barbara Mayer
(December 16, 2013)

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Once again we make our way through the holiday season, yet this year brings its own meaning as we witness our beautiful city closing off one year and — with a new community plan — courageously looking forward to even greater things Sedona might be in 2014 and beyond.

And the word “beyond” is the operative word here, as I suggest it is time to use our rising consciousness to think and act BEYOND the old labels and the old stereotypes which went with them. A good place to begin is in considering what our city council has been doing, and what it has been bearing witness to with some recent votes.

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Sedona SCENE/Sedona SOUL

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

This Sunday – Spirituality Beyond 2012

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Time is short, but this column today gives notice that on Sunday, Jan. 20, Sedona’s Studio Live will host a unique event on Spirituality.

Given to promote the creative talent in Sedona and the Verde Valley with live performance, this Sunday Studio Live will feature four speakers addressing the very creative topic “Spirituality Beyond 2012”. These include the well known Chris Spheeris, former Buddhist nun and noted artist Sherab “Shey” Khandro, well known Sedona resident Paul Friedman and myself. Each of us will address the topic from our own perspective and life-long learning. Read More→

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012

‘Tis The Season — For A Broken Alleluia

A sharing with Barbara Mayer
Sedona AZ (December 20, 2012)

BarbaraMayerOnce again the old refrains are trying to gain their annual place in this sacred season for many religions and belief systems. ‘Tis the Season’ the jingle bells echo, but this season cannot ring true without acknowledging the horrific carnage which occurred at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut.

And sure enough, some people are again arguing about archaic ideas such as “How can a God of Love allow this to happen?” By doing that they perpetuate the concept that some distant divine being is a Master Puppeteer who can be blamed for every sin, crime or negative action that occurs on this planet. The air waves and Internet are also filled with furious arguments from those who call for stricter gun control laws while others are demanding mandates that all teachers and school principals carry loaded firearms. The partisanship which roared during the election and continues now in a stale-mated government and divided populace is stringent, offensive, and non-productive. Read More→

Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Are We Still An Intelligent Electorate?

A sharing With Barbara Mayer
October 28, 2012 

One of my heroes in American history is Thomas Jefferson. Human as he was, Jefferson was wise enough to call for an America with an intelligent electorate.

When he was approaching the end of his life, someone asked Jefferson what he felt was his greatest contribution to the burgeoning United States of America, He was, after all, the third president, the first USA ambassador, he sat on the Supreme Court, and he wrote the majority of the Declaration of Independence! Read More→

A sharing by Barbara Mayer

For years the same advice on gaining and keeping friends as well as getting ahead in all areas of society has carried the same message: “Don’t talk about religion or politics and you’ll be just fine.”

The result of that insipid statement follows the shallow line of thinking that – in order to feel accepted by others and secure in career, friendships or social standing — one can never stay true to one’s own authenticity.

Another result is that in those two very areas – religion and politics – the same issue has reached a boiling point in America in this important year of 2012, when “business as usual” just isn’t working any more.

The issue? The advancing role of women in today’s growing consciousness in an ever-changing, ever-evolving world. Read More→

Sedona/SCENE — Sedona/SOUL

A sharing with Barbara Mayer

Sedona AZ (August 7, 2012) – During these early days in the new month of August, I urge all women – and men – to join in support of Catholic religious sisters who are meeting in possibly one of the most important times of courage and decision they have ever been forced to face.

I agreed to write this series of columns for Sedona.Biz as an interfaith minister, and I usually follow that guideline. This column, however, I write as a woman who spent thirteen years of my life as a Roman Catholic sister – what most people still refer to as “nuns”. Read More→

Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Let The Power of Gentle Strength Now Rise To Its Fullness
The Supreme Court Decision and Sedona’s Magdalene Celebration


A Sharing by Barbara Mayer

Sedona AZ (June 29, 2012) – With the Supreme Court’s narrow endorsement of Medical Care for all America’s citizens, a fragile but powerful victory was made for many, including providing continuing health care for the needs of all American women.

As Carol Jung once wrote, “The spark which exists in each individual soul is the same spark which exists in the World Soul.” And that spark, Jung went on to say, is found in woman and in her ability to provide the deepest human traits of healing, giving new life and not only preserving life, but also allowing it to flourish through love and compassion toward the innate fullness of all human destiny. Read More→

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Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Prayer Vigil Will Support Nuns’ Right To Lead

A Sharing with Barbara Mayer

Sedona AZ (May 25, 2012) – Back in the 1960’s Bob Dylan wrote, “The times, they are a’changin’.”

2012 or not, we are now witnessing a massive change in the way we humans think, act, accept or reject many new concepts, and even consider some kind of God figure or Higher Source which is mysteriously part of our own very being.

At the forefront of building America’s spiritual, work and personal ethic have been Catholic nuns, or sisters, as they are more accurately called. For millions of people they have staffed our nation’s schools from pre-kindergarten through the highest academic degrees. They have served in and managed this nation’s hospitals, social service centers, and many places of refuge for the poor, the forgotten, the handicapped, the elderly and the marginalized. Read More→

Sedona Scene/Sedona Soul

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Kizuna: Sedona’s True Spirit – Very Much Alive!

A Sharing with Barbara Mayer

Sedona AZ (May 2, 2012) – While those of us who live in this magical place often get caught up in ordinary city issues such as politics, the rise or fall of business success, whether our drainage system is ready for another monsoon season or making sure the trash trucks stay on schedule — one of the most important aspects of this place often remains hidden and lost behind civic or more mundane concerns. Read More→

Sedona SCENE – Sedona SOUL

Monday, January 9th, 2012

A Sharing By Barbara Mayer

New Year? New Attitude!

As 2012 eases its way into our calendars and our lives, some hints about making the most of this auspicious and sometimes dreaded year can be learned from Sedona’s lessons of 2011.

Indeed, while there were many good things which happened in Sedona and the Verde Valley, 2011 saw some disheartening episodes, one of which was the level of personal attack and vicious rhetoric used by some during the Proposition 310 referendum. That sad time for Sedona is in the past now, and all we can hope is that in the immanent Sedona City Council elections which are a few months away in the March balloting, more civil and more factual campaigning will show greater hope for a more positive future for Sedona. Read More→