During the pandemic, I have spent more time alone with myself than ever before. I was uncomfortable at first. Over time, I began to see more of the rich world that lies within me.

WHAT LIES WITHIN

Years ago, the movie Fantastic Voyage took us on a science fiction adventure inside the human…


OVERCAST SKIES

Our skies have been quite gray in the last year and continue so. Few of us want to be beneath them forever. They can have a cumulative effect of bringing us down, if they stay too long.

We don’t have a lot of control over the nature of the sky…


This has been such a wearing time. I’ve done my best to endure the change, challenge and stress of it. Some say it is a time of openings. That is hard for me to see, as I keep my head down and do my best just to survive.

A TIME OF FEW VISTAS

One thing…


There are openings I am beginning to see and want to walk through. Somehow, I cannot and I feel stuck. What can I do?

FEELING STUCK

In the past year, life has not moved as we endured lockdowns and other restrictions. This lack of movement was created by events outside of us…


I am not feeling much excitement or growth in my life right now, but that’s okay. With all that’s happened in the past year, I am not sure venturing out and giving my curiosity free reign is the best thing to do. Curiosity killed the cat, right?

THE ALTERNATIVES TO CURIOSITY

Curiosity is a…


The opening that is before me now doesn’t seem right. It does not align with what I want for my life. I am concerned that, if I walk away , I may be making a mistake. How do I discern what to do?

OPENINGS ARE NOT ABSOLUTE

Our journeys revolve around the choices we…


Sometimes, nothing is happening in my exterior world. It is as quiet and placid as an unrippled body of water. At those times, I wonder if I should look below the surface of my everyday life for openings.

QUIET OPENINGS

The outside world is often relentless in demanding our attention and, as…


Sometimes I long for more freedom. Freedom seems so elusive. I want to find a way to have more in my life.

FREEDOM IS POSSIBLE

We often limit ourselves by not realizing that freedom is possible. Our conditioning may have told us that individual freedom equates with selfishness, that we are part of…


Oh my goodness, the changes I have been through. They seem so radical and surely were not voluntary. The life I once knew is altered profoundly. How do I acclimate to what my life is now?

THE FORCE OF CHANGE

Sometimes change comes anything but gradually. There is no time to integrate and we…


My future is uncertain. It is as if I am standing at the entrance to a dark cave and cannot see in. Should I take a first step?

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE DARK?

Darkness is simply the absence of light. We have made darkness into all kinds of things — evil, scary, gloomy — just…

Ann Vanino

Writer and career/new directions coach living in the High Mojave Desert of southern California. Author of Chrysalis: Personal Transformation From The Inside Out

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