Author Archives: Suzanne Grenager

A Death in the Family

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If you lose your partner, the common wisdom is you don’t make any other major changes for three years. Not unless you want to go way off the stress test charts, and maybe expire yourself. No, don’t worry, I have not lost my beloved husband Trond, who is alive and well and splitting firewood or Read more...

Activists for Love

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Words crowd my head like gulls to bread on the beach. But having been silent for so long, I wonder if I can speak again. And after all that has happened—to me and to the world as we knew it (or thought we did)—I wonder if I can say anything to add value to the Read more...

A Call for Post-Election Healing from Charles Eisenstein

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My friend, writer and radical thinker Charles Eisenstein has written far and away the most illuminating, helpful piece ever about our terrifying US election. I implore you to read through to the powerful ending. Please digest, share and weigh in, so that the deep and difficult healing conversation he points to can begin. Can't wait Read more...

Start Where You Are and Follow Your Heartbreak

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A fresh year. A clean slate. Two rousing reminders—Start where you are and, still more arrestingly, Follow your Heartbreak. With that, I may have emerged from the fertile, if often disquieting void and set one foot on an encouraging new path of service. We shall see.

Start where you are? Follow your heartbreak? Why did those Read more...

A Confession of Neediness

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If I had a prayer, it would be this: “God, spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen.” In my last blog post, I shared that quote from Byron Katie’s brilliant book, Loving What Is, saying that it needs to be my prayer. I also said “As long as I look to Read more...

Joy From Suffering

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Oh, dear God, the things we do to each other—and to ourselves—the ongoing Boko Haram and ISIS massacres being but the terrible tip of the iceberg. I can barely stand it sometimes, and yet I must, if I am to be of service to the very ones among us who destroy each other. I’ve got Read more...

Summer lessons of sticks and stones

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Who said words can never hurt you?

Well, they were wrong, at least about me. For almost two months I’ve been balanced on the edge of a sword that showed up laser-like out of nowhere and is only now showing signs of letting me off. Mean words have been part of it, and they hurt. I Read more...

The very best practice of all

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We agree learning to love and be happy with ourselves is the single greatest gift we can offer the world, showering happiness on us and everyone we touch. Why then is it the hardest thing? And how on (this troubled) earth can we progress toward giving and receiving the love we crave, for ourselves first Read more...

Please come on my elephant ride!

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I am doing my little happy dance and eager to share the good news. I just submitted my first blog post to the wonderful, wildly popular elephantjournal.com. It’s a reader-created open forum bringing together people like us who work & play to create an enlightened society.   Elephant has more than 100,000 likes on Facebook Read more...

The Cautionary Tale of Mother Teresa

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We cannot give what we do not have. Many of you agree. But your illuminating comments showed me it’s also true that we cannot have what we do not give. Yep, and I’ll explain that too.   First though, It’s so critical to understand the role self-love plays in devotional service I have to say Read more...

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