seeing songbirds // is it a sign?

by eringoodman on December 10, 2016

in grief and loss, mindful moments, nature

Birds nest


Yesterday on the way to school, my children and I had a soft, meandering conversation about Angels and the concept of “seeing signs.”

We talked about how some people believe that the Spirit world communicates with us through little synchronicities that feel too magical to be random. And some people do not believe this.

Neither perception is right or wrong. They are just different.

In my 42 years on this beautiful Earth, I have had seasons of holding each belief, and seasons where everything felt so confusing that I really didn’t know what I believed.

A few weeks ago someone special, whose guidance I trust and actively seek, told me she felt my Nana, who passed this spring, was sending her love and blessings to me through songbirds.

Whether or not this is “true” almost doesn’t matter to me.

Since that day I have been having a joy-filled game of hide-and-seek with my Nana.

And I love that, in the middle of running everyday errands, a simple sight like this stops me in my tracks, opens my heart, and helps me feel connected to her.


Are you grieving this holiday season as my family and I are? Last month I recorded an interview with my friend and ministry mentor, Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault on Grief, Loss and Getting Through the Holidays. You can watch it HERE. Much love to you. ~Rev. Erin


sunday still life :: soaking up spring

by eringoodman on April 15, 2012

in nature, still life

Sunday Still Life is an evolving mindfulness project; an weekly invitation to pause the busy of our days, to re-center and celebrate the beauty and depth of life. If you are inspired to join in, please leave a link or share your thoughts in the comments below.

Swimsuit catalogs and summer camp registration arrive in the mail box.

Travel plans are being made.

Yes, summer. I see you. I feel you. I know you are coming.

But right now, I wish to slow down and soak up the beauty that is spring.


an empty beach and an iPhone

by eringoodman on February 7, 2012

in energy management, nature, photography

I’ve wandered into the world of instagram (retro filters + easy photo sharing for iPhones) and oh, do I love it.

(I’m at ‘eringoodman’ for my fellow instagram users. I’m also working on getting things configured so anyone who is interested can see my photos on my facebook and twitter.)

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Empty beaches and photo fun are some of the ways I have been returning to my center while leading my first online program.

And you? How are you returning to your center this week?


{ breathing space } quiet

by eringoodman on January 27, 2012

in breathing space, nature

(Go here if you can’t see the video.)

Tomorrow: Live Facebook Chat with Nicola Alesandrini.

Sunday: Family Re-Charge Welcome Week kick-off.

Today: Quiet. (Amateur videographer-style.)

Inhale. Exhale.


~ Erin

Peace, friends.




note to self :: go outside

by eringoodman on December 20, 2011

in energy management, nature

This post originally appeared on December 18,2009. I am finding myself needing this reminder again and thought perhaps you might appreciate it as well. xo ~erin

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I know it’s really warm and cozy by the fire and oh so cold outside. I know it takes a long time to find everyone’s mittens and hats and pull all the extra layers on. I know you would rather curl up under a blanket and read.

Go outside anyway.

It’s worth the extra effort.

It really is.