Elizabeth Stamper

January 21, 2020

Collecting Smiles

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”  Mother Theresa It’s September 1970 and I’m at an all-day rock festival. In between bands they are blasting the music of Jimi Hendrix because we’d just lost him.  A few hours earlier, as I walked out the door, my dad had looked up from his paper long enough to roll his eyes. You see, I am wearing a sheet. Well, it would never function as a sheet again, as I’d cut a hole in the middle for my head, painted flowers on it […]
December 19, 2019

Gifts of Love and Praise

Last Sunday I drove away from the Unity Church of Merritt Island in total bliss. Why? Because I had spent the whole morning being present to the thanks and praise of my dear friend, Rev. Rose Whitham. It was her last service and her retirement ceremony from thirteen years as the minister of that church and, interspersed with wonderful music, there was time for sharing. Person after person got up — many in tears — to say how much she had touched them, inspired them, and changed their lives. So many personal stories of healing and transformation and, simply, love. Love for my friend and for her love of them. Two days later, I […]
April 4, 2019

Always Beautiful to Me

I have just left my parents’ house and, of course it’s time to go, there are things to do. But I turn around, walk back across the yard and into the house. Mom is still standing not far from the door.         Mom, the sky is so pretty right now, you have to come out and see it with me.  She smiles and says okay, and we walk outside hand in hand.   My mother has always loved beauty. She would point to pretty things, like flowers or landscapes or sunsets, and say, Oh I want to […]
January 10, 2019

Register for Women’s Retreat

Please print and return this completed form by snail mail to: Elizabeth Stamper, 2085 Hwy A1A, Apt 3601, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937 Or copy, fill out and email to: elizabethstamper3113@gmail.com.    Registration Form for Women’s Retreat March 14th -17th, 2019, Gainesville Retreat Center,  1551 SE 51st Street, Gainesville, FL Join us for an empowering and heart-centered time of meditation, yoga, healing circles, sacred dance, breathwork, silent hikes on wooded trails, kirtan, and—of course—fun!    Retreat officially begins Thursday, 3/14 at 6 pm with dinner. Check-in starts at 3:30 pm. Special Soul Collage mini-workshop on Thursday 4-5:30 pm.  Retreat ends Sunday, 3/17 at […]
December 8, 2018

The Hands You Trust

The Hands You Trust  I am lying on the massage table as my friend Tracey draws a deep line on my calf from ankle to almost-knee. With the invisible ink of healing energy, she draws the line again and again, pausing at certain points so that ripples are released from the spot and travel up through my limb, torso, and then out the top of my head. So that ripples move up . . . and then out into the room through my skin, my fingertips. It is joyful. “Can you feel that?” I ask her. The whole room is swimming in the […]
July 3, 2018

What Feeds You

I’m sitting at the dining room table with laptop before me and books strewn around me. Today the crowd that’s gathered includes: Santideva’s Guide to the Buddhist Path of Awakening (8th century CE), The Mindful Therapist (I love Dan Siegel!), Krista Tippett’s Becoming Wise, and Brene Brown’s Braving the Wilderness. Also, Rilke is keeping me company and sharing thoughts On Love and Other Difficulties, and other mystics as well in The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry (gift from an old lover and one of the most pored over). Tree of Life: Buddhism and Protection of Nature, Shift into Freedom, by Loch Kelly, a Sierra club magazine, and three journals are here too. Every book […]
June 7, 2018

The Practice of Compassion

    For Jiun, Compassionate Cloud They say to become a Master takes ten thousand hours of practice. But how long does it take to find your original luminous mind? Long hours of sitting in silence may reveal the wisdom flower. But the instant, the gift, of emptying restores the heart’s true power. A child lies down in soft grass and finds the emptiness here. The clouds now float inside him and the sky of freedom comes near.   When your husband is a Buddhist prison chaplain . . . Late one night Mike is reading me the rough draft of […]
February 17, 2018
When I Become a Dog Person
I call my friend Rosanne because I am overwhelmed, so much more than sad, at the latest eruption of violence. She tells me today is the Chinese New Year, the beginning of the year of the EarthDog. She reads to me what that portends—last year it was Fire Rooster igniting us to rise up and act, and this year the EarthDog energy will ground us and help us align with deeper values, with universal love, respect, awareness of the Sacred. I am comforted by her words. I choose to be. Then I remember. “Oh my, this morning I had this […]
December 31, 2017

The Hands You Trust Completely

I am lying on the massage table as my friend Tracey draws a deep line on my calf from ankle to almost-knee. With the invisible ink of healing energy, she draws the line again and again, pausing at certain points so that ripples are released from the spot and travel up through my limb, torso, and then out the top of my head. So that ripples move up and then out into the room through my skin, my fingertips. It is joyful. “Can you feel that?” I ask her. The whole room is swimming in the energy that was once […]
December 6, 2017

Path of Forgiveness, Power of Ceremony

The Heart is the Space where there is no judgment … the Heart carries no pain from the past and no fear of the future.  The Heart – where the light of Spirit comes into the body – is always whole, free, and filled with gratitude for each moment.  Forgiveness is a way of finding this innermost Heart and releasing whatever blocks our awareness of its light and love and joy.  Forgiveness is a way of remembering who we really are  …  and in that remembrance we find each other. It’s a Saturday afternoon,  and we sit around a long table […]