Welcome to my world

gail_business_1Hi, I’m Gail Harris. Welcome! Whether you’re just a few steps into the journey, or well along your own spiritual path, I am so glad you are here. Wherever you are, whatever’s on your mind, whether you’re looking for information or inspiration, or both, it’s my pleasure to help you.

I’ve been a journalist for the past 35 years, which means I’m curious about almost everything. But if you had told me 20 years ago that one day self-discovery and the spiritual path would be my life’s passion I would have laughed you out of the room. Who, me—the skeptical political reporter, suddenly giving credence to things often unseen and sometimes far outside conventional wisdom? Not likely.

More than a dozen years ago, though, in desperation after being flattened by illness, I began a meditation practice—and stopped getting sick. I was so excited about going from recurring illness to continuing health, I decided to dig deeper, finally producing the Body & Soul series for PBS and writing the companion book. I became a Reiki practitioner, started a yoga practice, and continued a serious search into what my dad used to call the Big 3: Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? My favorite quote these days is from the Jesuit scholar and mystic Teilhard Pierre de Chardin: that we are not physical beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a physical one. And when you think about that one for a minute, it changes everything, doesn’t it?!

And now here I am, so excited about the new possibilities opening up for us all. If you only looked at the news headlines, it might appear as if the world is falling apart. Old ways are disappearing, trusted institutions are crumbling, and the issues that face us—from poverty and hunger to global warfare—can seem intractable.

Well, yes. That’s one way of looking at it. Another is that the old has to break down to make room for the new. And that what lies ahead for humankind may well be the most important time of all. The very fact that you’re found your way to this website tells me that you feel it too.

The blogs you read here are my take on some of the “Everyday Miracles” that surround all of us. I’d love to hear yours, too.