The Conscious Path Articles

Parenting Paradoxy

Today my 3-year-old accidentally created a kind of Zen koan, and she discovered the joy of paradoxy in the process. Her new game goes like this:

Our Childhood Language

The importance of reconnecting to our solar plexus reaches far into the depths of our well-being. Within our navel center there exists an entire mechanism for understanding the world and for coping with the physical stresses of life.

I Became a Mother and Died to Live

So I was hanging out the other day with a friend who has a newborn. A freaking gorgeous newborn boy, to be exact. He is her first baby. She has recently become a mother. You know, when we hear those words we hear them like it’s no big...

A Letter to a Midwife’s Mamas

Dear Mama,I actually hope you don’t remember my name. I was your midwife and I’ve always thought that if I did my job well, you would only remember how amazing you were when it was time to birth your baby. Birth is hard work, and I hat...

Making the Transition from Fear to Courage

Many souls around the world today are still living much of their lives in the state of fear. It’s a sad thing, but it’s a reality that can be seen all around us. Many systems within society— social, political, religious, and more—perpetuate the energy...

Waiting for the Big One

When I was 14 years old I embarked upon a reading program that included The Gulag Archipelago, A People’s History of the United States, 1984, Silent Spring, and a volume by Paul Ehrlich titled The Population Bomb. The latter was a Malthusian work...

Power and the Family

To be passionate about the intricacies of our lives without being attached to specific outcomes, while simultaneously living true within our own skins, is a sure sign of authentic power and spiritual mastery. When we attach to labels, narrow...

A Message to Mums

My mother and father grew up in a society with no overprotective impulses—totally without cotton wool, as we say in New Zealand. Kids got on their bikes and were gone for the day. All was well as long as they were home for supper, or there’d be hel...

A Question of Respect

(Or, Grown-Ups and Their Double Standards)When I decided I wanted to write a piece on respect, I imagined I’d do some kind of in-depth examination of one central, juicy question. Somewhat predictably, on the journey of looking for it, I...

On Becoming a Father

In Ancient Rome, to be a father, it was not enough to conceive the child. In fact, biological lineage did not matter. A man had to publicly declare his will and intention to become the child’s pater (the Latin word for father). The ceremony was...

Turning Point: Resilience in a Time of Extremes

We’re living the emergence of a new “normal,” and the success of our transition hinges upon: (1) our willingness to acknowledge the shift, and (2) how we learn to adapt to it. Our globalized culture of jobs, money, markets and resources means that...

Parental Power: Rally to Improve Birth Reaches Millions

This past Labor Day—September 2, 2013— thousands of women, their families, and those who care for them assembled all over the country. In more than 160 cities around the United States, and in Puerto Rico, Australia, Japan and Canada, women’s voices...

Fear or Freedom

There are seven areas of life we are here to master: spiritual, mental, vocational, financial, familial, social and physical. They can either be powerfully supportive of your genius, or impede it. There are also seven common fears and guilts that...

Soul-Nourishing Gifts of an Accidental Tribe

I’ve told this story so many times in conferences and workshops over the years, I can’t believe I haven’t shared it here in Pathways until now. This is the story of why I am passionate about creating community. Here it is.

Also labeled: Issue #37, Author Lisa Reagan

Creating Connection in Conscious Community: Healing Our Cultural Disconnect

The seasonal transition month of September 2012 found me and Pathways traveling from the Art of Community conference in the pine forests of Charlottesville, Virginia, to its sister conference among the redwoods in Occidental, California. My...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #36

Following the Hero’s Call to Adventure

What are we really doing when we decide to live and parent consciously? In longing for a more peaceful and healthy life, what drives us to defy the chanted “You’ll spoil that baby if you pick it up,” or reject the GMO, the overused antib...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #34

Mindful Mothering: It’s Not What You Think!

Sponsored by Families for Conscious Living, the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Pathways, the first-ever Mindful Mothering Conference gathers at the Museum of Motherhood in New York CityWhy do people conjure an image of a mother and...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #33

Creating Your Community

Pathways Connect continues to take off, as Gathering Groups are forming in practitioner offices around the country! I have been fortunate enough to attend and speak at a few of these new and established groups, and am consistently amazed by the...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #32

Seeking Wellness and Wisdom with Worldview Literacy (Part 2 of 2)

You probably have noticed, even if you just flip through an issue of Pathways, that we’re not an average parenting magazine. Unlike a mainstream ad-driven magazine, Pathways states in its mission that we, as a nonprofit, are here to support your...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #31

Bringing Light to the Dark Side of Parenting with Worldview Literacy (Part 1 of 2)

The Greek goddess Athena’s companion is a little owl that perches on her shoulder. The owl’s natural night vision peers into her owner’s darkness, illuminating the hidden side of her psyche. Because Athena is able, with the owl’s help, to see the...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #30