Monday, September 15, 2014

come in, come in: a new home & Sprout: Discover

Oh, friends.

As you know, the 15th of each month is release day at Sprout magazine. And this issue? Sprout: Discover's gentle nudges are so potent . . . all month, as I worked, I heard Discover's whispers: Believe. You can do this. Venture deeper. Don't be afraid. Let your true light shine.

And now? Oh, friends, not only is Sprout: Discover available today--but so is Sprout's new web home. A place of heart and art. Still a work in progress (we believe life is a continual process of cultivation here in Sprout, always growing and tending) . . . but oh, infinitely closer to the vision I've yearned to express.

I desire a sanctuary for you, for me, for we. A place of hope and healing that mirrors the safe, sacred space already held within Sprout magazine's pages every month. A place of comfort, encouragement, and uplift.

And she's here. She's here.

Will you come visit? I'll be shifting this link there permanently in a bit, but will leave this invitation up for now . . . a breadcrumb, a guiding light, a soft voice calling. Come in, beloved. Come in.

And oh YES, don't miss today's equally important new release: Sprout: DISCOVER . . . the gently insistent guidance that helped me achieve this dream-turned-reality. What will Discover's pages help you achieve? What dream can you realize? What validation and kinship will you find?

You are so welcome with us, friend, as always . . .
and, I hope, now more comfortable than ever.

With deep love, appreciation,
and no small amount of relief,
Sprout's creator, editor,
& chief gatherer of good

Thursday, September 4, 2014

the ache of loving: Throwback Thursday

Lately, worry and concern for several of my beloveds has weighed heavily on me, pressing my neck into my shoulders, keeping my eyes low and unseeing. I shared these words on Instagram yesterday:

"Small steps. Deep breaths. Some days the ache of loving weighs heavier than others. But how could we choose another way? We can't care less. We can't forget. When they ache, we ache. So it is. Even when we wish it weren't. But the grace and grit of real, raw kinship will surely see us through."

Today, in effort to release this burden (I know, I know, releasing requires less effort and more allowing) . . . this whisper came: listen to the truth you've already gathered. So much good is already tucked into Sprout magazine's pages, covering a wide range of heart-issues (authenticity, kindness, courage, growth . . .). So, in a new feature here, let's dive into our own version of Throwback Thursday. Sprout offers a rich library of hope and healing. What good can we find today?

In answer to this desire for release, for relief . . . Sprout: Surrender is a gentle guide (released January 2014; our 27th issue).

"surrender is the resounding yes in my spirit. it is bravely releasing my white-knuckled grip of control. it is daring to accept and welcome and trust, knowing that even loss or letdown could be preparing me for unimaginable delight. it is knowing what is mine to carry and releasing unnecessary burdens. surrender beckons joy, invites delight, and attracts miracles. surrender is softening; to cease striving. it is living with open hands, withholding nothing . . ." --erica simpson, Thrive interview, Sprout: Surrender  

"I always thought letting go
stepping off the precipice
of all I {knew}
and plummeting
into all I {feared}:

my heart
like glass

But what if letting go
face skyward
arms outflung
butterflies tickling stomach
while faith prickles skin?"
--Amanda Fall (that's me!), editorial, Sprout: Surrender

"The only request Life offers,
for our own sake,
is Surrender.
We make the rest up--
mostly well-intentioned clever distractions . . .
but I offer to you that you have nothing to prove,
no path to pave, no approval to win.
For in your company, Life is pleased.
In your joy, Life is full-bellied satisfied,
kicked back and dancing . . ."
--Hali Karla, "Living Full,"
poem & intuitive painting, Sprout: Surrender

Ahh . . . yes. Surrendering. Letting go. Finding our resounding yes. Arms outflung. With nothing to prove.

May it be so.

With so much love and respect,


Find more comfort & reassurance in Sprout: Surrender. Remember your wings.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

give Love rise: a blessing

A blessing for this day
{all days}:

In our thoughts, words, and actions:
may we let Love lead.

When we feel lost, when we need protection,
when we fear we are alone:
may Love be our guiding force,
our saving grace, our companion in the deep.

Wherever we are led,
whatever we are called to do:
may we give Love rise.

Wherever and whenever our feet kiss earth,
may our footfalls echo
Love, Love, Love.

With grace & gratitude
on this Sunday,
{your fellow seeker}

PS: We are companions in the wandering way. Have you joined us in Sprout: Wander yet? We're reaching out our hands, friend. You are so welcome with us.

Friday, August 29, 2014

movie recommendation: "The Way"

This month at Sprout magazine, we celebrate the seeker's spirit. Our theme? WANDER.

"Erase your map of shoulds. Leave behind your tattered schedules and careful plans. Embrace instead the unexpected. Make room for sacred surprise."

And the perfect movie to enrich our wandering, our seeking, our reckless hope?

Emilio Estevez's "The Way."

This heartfelt movie follows Martin Sheen's character as he walks the Camino de Santiago, following the death of his son (played by Emilio, real-life kin). Tom's pilgrimage begins in honor of his son (who was killed only one day into the trek), but evolves into a much deeper journey of healing and growth. Along the way, Tom somehow gathers a group of misfit companions, despite his best efforts to push them away, and together they redefine what it means to be family.

See a trailer here:

"The Way" depicts a literal pilgrimage, but as we discover in Sprout: Wander, our journeys of exploration can include spiritual and emotional, as well.

Lacy Clark Ellman of A Sacred Journey discusses both kinds of pilgrimage in Sprout: Wander's Thrive featured interview. She helps us apply her "pilgrim principles" at home, abroad, and everywhere in between. She says, "The wanderer is hidden within each one of us. Our journey is waiting."

Have you watched "The Way"? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And what does pilgrimage mean to you? Have you ever considered a pilgrimage of the heart, or a literal walk to sacred places? (Of course, if you are familiar with Sprout and me at all, you know I believe e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e is sacred; some places simply take a deeper look.)

Friend, I am so glad to journey with you.
We are seekers. We are wanderers.
And we, we are family . . . on the way.

With gratitude,