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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Introducing THE ZENDO

"Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you." ~Rumi

artwork by Lori Portka

Dear readers,

I haven't yet formally introduced you to "The Zendo" and it seems today is the day to do that. Yesterday, when I was having a particularly anxiety-ridden, flailing-kind-of-moment, I remembered The Zendo.  After listening to some of the meditations/prayers there, I felt things begin to shift--I began to settle in and breathe a little fuller. I began to reconnect with that deeper, knowing part.

My hope is that you will visit this space when you're feeling alone/anxious/doubtful, etc...or just want to feel more centered/grounded/connected.  My hope is that it will be a place that will help you remember who you really are & what is truly important, a sanctuary for your spirit, a place that will nudge you back to your sweet, just right insides.  

I will leave you with a prayer (written by Debbie Ford) that I find so soothing (it has a home in The Zendo-click at the top of the home page-so you can find it whenever you want to)...

Let all those who guide me support me in peeling away 
whatever it is that keeps me blind to what's possible,
that keeps me hidden from my greatness, 
that keeps me separate from my loved ones
today i ask you to lighten my heart, to lift my burdens,
my worries, my fears, my anxieties, my grief
so that I may know and cherish all that I am
I see it, I feel it, I acknowledge it right now
and so I know it is
And a short guided prayer...(also by  Debbie Ford))

Release Me

May your day be filled with release, gentleness & love.
May you remember your greatness.
May you cherish all that you so beautifully are.
May you be aware of the blessings that surround.
May your remember what Rumi knew...that the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.

With great love,



  1. Dearest Julia, your entire blog is a sanctuary for my spirit! I LOVE the Zendo and all the offerings there. Perhaps one day we will create a real-live Zendo in Oregon! Aaahhhhh...the dreams.

    Loving you.

  2. just what i needed to today. thansk for sharing the zendo.


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