Author Archives: brendalouisewoods

Courage to Reach Out

Suffering is all around us, if we are willing to be present. We all probably have several friends or loved ones who are walking through the loss of a loved one.  Several years ago this post was passed onto me.  I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Father’s Day, Kev

This blog is the overflow of my life as I have dwelled in my dark transformative cocoon home.  Although dark – it has been a life giving home for me and I am thankful for the hope that I have … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Story continues . . .

  I want to tell you just a little bit of the rest of the story. Most of you that have joined me on my blog are aware of my son, Ryan’s, blog where he invited us all to walk … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tattoos

At the age of 56 I got my first tattoo. I do not look like a woman who would have a tattoo. I have always tried to look way too “proper” – trying to “do it right” which instead of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Bite of Truth

The movie begins in black and white. I watched the Wizard of Oz every year through my growing up. I am remembering Dorothy’s unique experience as the twister scooped up her house and carried her and Toto up over the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Giving Birth to Love

“I imagine her hunched over on the donkey, soiled robes pulled tightly for warmth around her swollen body. The weariness of the long pilgrimage is unspeakable. She rests one hand on her belly. Then the road becomes steep and her … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pure presence

I wanted to share with you another excerpt on presence by Richard Rohr.  As you read and ponder these thoughts on presence, remember that God is in this moment.  He dwells in our hearts, minds and bodies – all we … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The One Thing

In this blog, I will frequently be referring to dwelling in the darkness, since it is in the dark that we experience transformation and where most often we are made new. I wish that wasn’t so, but it is. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Responsiveness

“Being a blessing can be seen when we mow our neighbors yard, when we volunteer at the soup kitchen, when we scrub graffiti off the local shops walls, when we care for single moms, etc. But being a blessing is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Sacred Space

  “Our big emotions are the path to being awake. . . . awareness is the key.” Pema Chodron My grateful/thankful emotions feel so big! It’s so weird how you can have huge feelings of thanksgiving and be devastated – … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments