The Path to the Center, a Story

Written by Tayria Ward on December 9, 2013

As a holiday gift I decided to impart a deep story that I hope will inspire your musing during this season of going into winter’s darkness to create a cave for reflection and the birth of something fresh and new, divine and human. This is a look through a portal,

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The Sanctity of Silence

Written by Tayria Ward on December 3, 2013

Is there anyone out there who can help start a campaign of awareness to notify the billionaires who are now planning drone delivery of our packages within 30 minutes of an on-line order that the noise pollution they will inflict might be the absolute end of our very thin sanity?

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Holiday Vision Quest

Written by Tayria Ward on November 24, 2013

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly.
let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you
as few human or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
has made my eyes so soft
my voice so tender
my need of god
absolutely clear.


With the unprecedented consumerist freneticism of the holidays amping up

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Re-enchanting the World

Written by Tayria Ward on October 19, 2013

I have a sad story to tell. It is the story of a woman who lived in a shoe. No, that’s a different story. This one is about a woman who lived on top of a sweet little mountain tucked into a great range of mountains in Western North Carolina,

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Hawk and Moon

Written by Tayria Ward on October 4, 2013

A line from one of my favorite movies ever, Thunderheart, has stayed with me in the two decades since I first saw it. The film tells the story of an FBI agent played by Val Kilmer called to a Native American reservation to investigate a murder. Since this agent is

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Vision Quest Reboot, 2013

Written by Tayria Ward on August 31, 2013

I have done a number of Vision Quests over the course of my adult life, but three, and now a fourth, stand out as pole stars around which the rest of my psyche and life revolve. The depth of insight into Self and world from these experiences is unmatched by

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A Ritual for Bonding with Place

Written by Tayria Ward on August 4, 2013

When I purchased my home in Asheville 3 months ago, along with a darling little cottage came an acre of beautiful gardens on the slope behind my house, complete with a gorgeous waterfall created by the previous owners. It was impossible not to fall in love with this place.  Hook,

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Something is wrong, but I don't have the words…

Written by Tayria Ward on June 23, 2013

Recently a physical therapist I was working with told me this story of her little 2-year-old granddaughter. The girl’s parents were separating, her dad had moved out, the household was full of turmoil and conflict. The toddler looked hard into Grandma’s eyes and said, “Something is wrong, but I don’t

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Ecuador's Rain Forest and Us

Written by Tayria Ward on May 4, 2013

I have been following the news about what is happening in Ecuador as their government plans to destroy rain forest and the way of life for the Waorani tribes people as well as a vast diversity of plant, insect and animal life in order to drill for more oil. The

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Making a Life Declaration

Written by Tayria Ward on April 28, 2013

I just turned 62 years old. It is easy to believe at this stage of life that this is a time of diminishing, a natural time to let go of earlier vitality, beauty, relevance. I have struggled to accept nature’s way in this; age takes an honest toll, even as

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