Root + Flow: Notes on Being Wholly Human

A blog by Program Director Sherrie Frank

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  • Tasting the ‘yuck’ and ‘yum’ of life
    Today I was reminded of a Sanskrit phrase “sarvam annam,” which translates to everything is food. It came to me this morning when I was helping my almost 2-year-old grandson Ezra with his lunch. I had made him a colorful plate of kale, squash, and cottage cheese. He gobbled up
  • What will you hear when you make space for silence?
    As winter approaches, I am noticing a quiet stillness settling in. The gentle hum and vibration of the bees in summer have been replaced by a blanket of morning mist. My life seemed to call me to this stillness, and so a few weeks ago I went on a 10-day
  • In lingering uncertainty, let nature nurture
    Oh, my dear friends, what is there to say? Over the past year my conversations with you have been focused on resilience and navigating uncertainty, all the while thinking things would be getting better soon. Not yet. For so many in the world today, waking up to a healthy, safe,
  • Find your truth; follow it to freedom
    I measure the strength of a spirit by how much truth it can take.” –Nietzsche As teenagers, most of us can’t wait to grow up and experience real freedom. It doesn’t take too long before we realize the grown-up version of freedom is not as awesome as our teenage dream.
  • Face-to-face seminars: We’re aiming for January
    If you live in Oregon, you know things are changing quickly around our COVID-19 restrictions. Going out and seeing smiles appear from behind masks has been surprisingly touching to me. My response has been to return a smile so big and animated I think I must look like a cartoon mouse that
  • Are you leading with fear? Let love be your guide
    Have you ever had a moment of unprecedented awareness, a moment when you see yourself with vivid transparency? For me, one of those moments was when I realized how many important choices I was making from fear. My strategy for success and happiness had been to avoid failure and emotional
  • The courage to share our truths
    Dear friends, Today I find myself thinking about something I read recently by the poet and writer Gertrude Stein. She said, “Love is the skillful audacity to share our inner life.” I translated skillful audacity to mean practiced courage. In the past, I thought you either had courage or you
  • What are you bringing to your life?
    Dear friends, What if life gave us a GPS system that told us the location of things like happiness, belonging, or fulfillment and if we missed those opportunities a voice would pipe up and keep repeating “recalculating” until we turned around? Maybe this absence of a GPS is life’s way