The Privilege and Pain of This White Female Body

By Shelbi Gesch As a girl who grew up evangelical, I learned to function in the world in my white, female body. I was taught that the soul was eternal and the body was just temporary, like a candy bar wrapper, something to be eventually discarded. It was the inside that counted; the flaws and […]

What is the State of Your Soul?

So much has burned down in our world, hasn’t it? The landscape has changed. Friendships have changed. Trust has been eroded.  I no longer stand where I stood even two years ago. Some days I shake my head, many days I get angry and other days, I just want to cry. I feel like we […]

What I Learned from a Small Plant with a Big Personality

I am not a plant person. At least, that is what I thought. I have always wanted to be a plant person. I like the idea of gardens and have more than once ripped out the weeds in front of my house and sprinkled wildflower seed packets or sunflower seeds with visions of a beautiful […]

The Rebirth of Phenomenal Me: Learning to Listen to My Body

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu Shoes off, bare feet, draw them clean across the rug at the door. Step one foot over the threshold, and the other to meet it. I am entering sacred space. Where sole meets soul. I find my place, lay […]

Finding My Happy Again

I homeschooled my boys for two years during their pre-K and middle school years. My son had been dealing with anxiety. (Hormone-induced.) Things that was normal for most, brought on episodes of panic for him. So, we came to a family decision that he just needed a safety net, and that was our home. It […]