Billions of points of light coming together ~
Hello ~ I’m Deb, mother of Sacred Living.
When people ask me how Sacred Living came into being, I’m often transported back to two memories from my early childhood. I was sitting in my front yard on a small rock wall when a tulip poplar blossom fell from the tree, landed in my lap and spoke to me. “Tenderness,” it said. I understood it as an invitation ~ and a command: be tender and generous. Weeks later, when walking home from school, I found a little boy who was lost and crying. I took him by the hand and led him to my home so my mother could find his. When I saw the reunion with his mom, my heart grew. These events showed me that nature interacts with us and shows us, by example, the way of service.
In my adult years, I have studied with meditation masters and spiritual teachers ~ and danced under the moon to attune to kindness and generosity. I’ve also walked through the fire and needed to find my own way, my own center. At other times, as I trudged through mud, I realized life is not so black and white.
No matter what is happening in the outer world or in my inner world, Thomas Merton’s observation always brings me front and center ~ “There is a point of truth… It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely.”
Every day I strive to return to the diamond point of light for here, I find hope and mercy. Flowers are some of my treasured guides. Trees are my guardians and companions. I try, as best I can, to make a difference in the world by continually practicing to open to love and to find peace within my heart. Within Sacred Living, I attempt to manifest both my mission and my calling ~ compassionate presence.
From my mountain home, I watch as the sun and moon rise and fall, season after season, and I am continuously reminded that our truest home is found in the unified rhythm of our breath with nature and in the merging points of light which burn inside of our hearts.
Come ~ join hands with me on this sacred path.
With love ~
My informal formal bio ~
1978 – Moved from a small farming community in Ohio to Alaska where I worked in Special Education surrounded by natures’ incredible beauty
1986 – Studied with Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, to become a Community Building Workshop Leader and staff member at the Foundation for Community Encouragement
1989 – Studied with T.K. Shih of the Chinese Healing Arts Center to become a certified Qi Healer
1990 – Trained to be a Hospice Volunteer and a Doula
1992 – Began attending various courses at Omega Institute with Stephen Levine, Ram Dass, Ken Wilbur, Huston Smith, Jon Kabat-Zinn and others through the next 8 years
1995 – Studied with Thich Nhat Hanh and founded a Sangha based on his teachings of Interbeing in the Hudson Valley
1999 – Entered into an intense study of Sufism and through the next ten years, made four pilgrimages to Turkey.
2000 – Entered New Seminary and was ordained an Interfaith Minister in 2003
2004 – Started an Organic Farm, Beausol Gardens and Sanctuary outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where we grew food and flowers and taught interns the basics of organic and bio-dynamic farming of vegetables, herbs and flowers
2009 – Studied Flower Essences with the Bach Flower Institute
2010 – Began studying medicinal herbs with Matthew Wood and others herbalists
2014 – Refreshed my studies of qi gong with Lee Holden
2015 – Founder of Sacred Living
2016 – Founder of Grandparents of the Forest and Sacred Forest Flower Esssences
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“Allow the heart silently to whisper the words of mercy that heal, that open. ‘May I dwell in the heart. May I be free from suffering. May I be healed. May I be at peace. May my heart flower.” ~ Stephen Levine
A portion of every Sacred Living sale goes to PAWS, Pet Assisted Wellness Support at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, because I believe that pet therapy aids physical, spiritual and emotional healing ~ I’ve experienced it firsthand! Meet my Therapy Dog, Gracie! For more information please click here.