Joan’s Blog

The Summer of Being: Awash in the Miraculous

“I don’t think anyone “finds” joy. Rather, we cultivate it by searching for the preciousness of small things, the ordinary miracles, that strengthen our hearts so we can keep them open to what is difficult” ― Dawna Markova I am one lucky duck. Last year at this time I had surgery to remove a honeydew melon […]

A Personal Update from Joan Borysenko

It’s a beautiful late summer’s day here in the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The first of the leaves are turning yellow, the skies are azure blue, the nights are cool, and the kids are in school at long last.  Back in the day, returning students usually wrote a short essay entitled, “What I […]

Chapel of the Heart #4: To Err is Human, To Love Divine

In this week’s story you’ll hear about my journey to forgiveness. It wasn’t easy. It didn’t happen overnight. The fact that it happened at all was part intention- I was sick and tired of suffering- and part divine grace. There is an old adage that if you take one step toward God, God will take […]

Things That Matter with Joan and Molly Kate Brown

“Things That Matter” is a video series dedicated to inspiring and opening the heart through stories about the power of the human spirit, kindness, unconditional love, and the exquisite mystery called life. Hosted by award-winning author, Transformational Guide, and Integrative Nurse Practitioner Molly Kate Brown, “Things That Matter” aims to remind us about our potency […]

A Short Video on Resilience

Chapel of the Heart # 3: The Vision Quest

In this episode of Chapel of the Heart, I recount the story of a vision quest I was invited to experience by a Lakota medicine man renowned for his healing ceremonies. We were introduced by a mutual friend who knew that we were both fascinated by the process of healing. View all Chapel of the […]

Chapel of the Heart #2: Our Sacred Journey

April is the month we celebrate the freedom of overcoming the ego and entering the Promised Land of our Higher Self. The Passover and Easter stories honored this week are both maps for that sacred journey and the subject of my current Pop Up Chapel of the Heart. View all Chapel of the Heart videos

No Time for Nonsense

My heart is heavy as the surge intensifies in NYC, New Orleans, Detroit… And my heart perks up when people talk about the many silver linings that are already appearing. Family and friends visiting more than ever …just virtually. The story today of the golden retriever delivering groceries to the woman next door; Italians singing […]

Running the Gauntlet of the Unknown

Through the years I’ve written and taught extensively about “liminal time,” that pregnant pause between what is no longer and what is not yet. Although liminal time is a known stage in all rites of passage, most people have never heard of it. Whether we’re talking about a pandemic, a war, a refugee crisis, or […]

Joan’s Pop-Up Chapel of the Heart: A Glimpse of Eternity

This is the story of how my son, Justin and I went into the light with my mother at the time of her death. Raymond Moody, who wrote the first book on near death experiences, featured this story in his book Glimpses of Eternity, which tells the stories of people who have “empathic” death experiences […]