Interview with Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

I was honored and delighted to interview Rabbi Tirzah Firestone on her perspective on transitions. Rabbi Firestone is my rabbi, my mentor, and a continual source of inspiration and guidance to thousands of people around the world. We talked about transitions of every kind, from the beginning and ending of a day to the tragedy of losing a loved one to our planetary transition. Her words are infused with hope, wisdom and love, and the interview left me with a big smile throughout my body.

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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, M.A. is an author, psychotherapist, and founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Widely known for her groundbreaking work on Kabbalah and depth psychology and … Click here to continue reading...

Transitions: A Paradigm of Hope

A woman emailed me last week to thank me for this blog and tell me that my words give her hope. I felt humbled and filled with joy to know that I’ve brought hope to someone, and it was synchronistic as I had been thinking lately about how hopeful the paradigm of transition really is. As transitions follows the death (winter), liminal (autumn), rebirth (spring) cycle of nature, so we, in the struggles of our human lives, do the same. When we’re in the midst of the death or liminal stages, it’s hard to remember that the new birth always arrives in some form or another, that here has to be a clearing out in order for the new life to take form. It’s a law of nature, and when we remember it, we feel hopeful even in the midst of the struggle.

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Friday Quote: The Importance of Honoring Transitions

One of the questions that Heather asked when she interviewed me for her wonderful Circle of Stones series was “What can we do globally to create a world that honors the transitions that we all go through, and that have to be recognized in order to create a more peaceful world?” I was humbled that she would ask me a question with such far-reaching ramifications, and I sat with it a long time before I answered. I had to ask myself, as I’ve asked many times before, “Does any of this matter? When there’s an oil spill in our oceans that’s killing and injuring hundreds of creatures each day, when innocent people are in detainment camps and opposing tribes are at war, when the planet is suffering from the consequences of our irresponsible choices and actions, does my work on transitions in my tiny corner of the world make a … Click here to continue reading...