Barefoot on the Earth

It's taken me a long time to get to this place. To sit down and finally allow the words to flow out.

They've been stirring, steeping, churning, simmering and asking - begging - to be given full expression….

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A Journey Within Journey's

Sometimes when there is a topic my heart feels a deep urge to write about and I avoid it, it's a pretty clear indication that there is catharsis and medicine to be found through that writing and sharing.

This is exactly that…

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Finding Our Way In a Wild New World

As I sat down to write this I realized it's been quite a long stretch of time since my last post.

When I began writing about my healing path it was a genuine desire to do so and I listened deeply to that urge. I wanted to share my experience as I navigated what to many people is an unusual path…

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The Phoenix

It's been quite some time since I last wrote a blog post and as I settle in to reflection now, I can hardly believe it has been 17 months since I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I am so far from who I was then and while so much clarity has found me along the steps of this journey, it's in hindsight that I seem to be tapping in to wellspring of perspective…

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Let The Light Shine Through

The descent in to a healing journey will never tell us beforehand, where it may lead or who may wind up in the crossfire of our treacherous descent back into ourselves.

While my own journey began a year ago, it reached a much deeper cavernous pass over these last couple months…

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Beginning Anew

When I was 23 years old I decided to take some time off and drive around the entire country by myself. I felt the deep, commanding need to step away from the routine of day-to-day life and figure out who I was, beyond the structure of life society told me I was supposed to be living and which I never seemed to fit into….

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Ode to 2015

It's the eve of 2016 and for so many years past I have joined the big party of welcoming in the New Year. Each year I find myself full and bright with hope for new opportunity, hungry to transform what has oh-so-not worked in my life….

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The Path of Healing: My Daughters Journey

There is a photograph that sits on my desk, of my daughter Taryn and myself that was taken during one of our visits to my parent's home in Florida fifteen years ago. I was 25 years old holding my six-month old daughter, both of us gazing out to sea. Although I was at the time still married and living within a family unit, this image seemed to convey a whisper of a journey that my daughter and I were destined to embark upon one day….

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Letting Life Find Me

Recently, during a time when I felt jostled by life's rocky currents I reached out to someone for advice. I sought some semblance of perspective. Insight. Direction. After being at the receiving end of negative feedback I suspected it may not be the last time and although I had let that go, I was curious how others who traveled a path similar to mine handled the impact of others' judgment….

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Finding New Voice, New Vision...

I went in for a visit with my naturopath this week in Plymouth, NH and over a span of several hours together I left feeling absolutely inspired. Ignited. Full with gratitude.

I've stopped and started this blog post about five times, watching my mind swell with the current of all that I want to say….

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Six Months In; An Update

Last week I went in for another visit with my naturopath, Dr. Olarsch. It marked six months since our very first meeting back in the beginning of March and as always it was wonderful to see him and his amazing and sweet German Shepard, Shanti who originated from the New Skete monastery….

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Talking To The Trees

A lot of people have been asking about my healing progress. A question I've wanted to answer for a while but these last weeks and months have found me immersed in a crucial piece of my healing: tracing my way back to the root source of this imbalance that has taken both physical and emotional expression in my body….

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Cancer Is Not a Disease, But a Survival Mechanism...

Once upon a time there was an old farmer who had been working his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing of this news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck, I am so sorry," they offered sympathetically. 
"Maybe," the farmer replied. 
The next morning the horse returned to the farmer, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful!" the neighbors exclaimed….

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Be the Change...

There is a story of a woman, Marissa Panigrosso who worked on the 98th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. In an interview, she recalled that when the first plane hit the North Tower on September 11, 2001 she felt a blast of heat come through her office windows that felt as intense as opening a pizza oven. She didn't hesitate…

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Love Blooms in Murky Waters

There is a famous Zen story about two monks who were traveling together. One was an elder monk, the other a younger student. They came upon a stream with a strong current and as they prepared to cross they saw a beautiful young woman trying to cross. The elder monk offered to help and proceeded to carry her across the fierce waters to the river bank on the other side….

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The Dance of Mothering and Healing

My daughter Taryn and I  have traveled a very unique road. I've always felt a strong connection above and beyond our mother/daughter role and as she's grown has become a true friend also. I realize that's taboo to say and many would claim 'you can't be friends with your kids'. Well, I disagree, though it can be a delicate balancing act…

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Why I Chose Not to Have Surgery

Since my diagnosis several months ago I have moved through myriad layers of processing, reflecting, researching, crying, laughing and wrapping my mind, heart and soul around what this journey is to me. Much of this process has gone on quietly in the day to day experience of my life unfolding. And some of it has happened out loud….

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Pink Elephants and Golden Buddhas...

Before sitting down to write this post, I was feeling out of sorts; restless, uneasy, emotional. My body yearned for movement and my mind felt like a tangled ball of yarn in need of some un-tangling. I needed air….I needed to reconnect; with that thought I headed out to my favorite road in this town, away from the traffic and busy streets; these days its nature that most soothes my soul….

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