One Life, One Mind, One God

Gail Manishor, Author of:
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

We have a small informal meditation group that meets in our home 3 times a week at 5 p.m. We chose 5 pm because that’s when many people meditate on the West Coast. Before the meditation we discuss any experiences, insights or breakthroughs we’ve had since our last meeting.

I recently read that the roots of individual giant redwood trees frequently grow intertwined with those of their neighbors. By “holding hands” underground, the roots form a network that allows the trees to withstand even great storms.

That day as we went into meditation I thought of the many souls who might be meditating at that very moment and even those who were not and I mentally joined hands with them. I felt the oneness of all life. We are all connected and supporting each other. It was a fulfilling experience for me and one which anyone can use in their own meditation.

God is so vast and so magnificent that it is impossible for us to truly comprehend. However, simply realizing at the level of our own ability we can get a glimpse that we all are a part of that One. We are all connected. Each and every one of us matters to each other whether we know it or not. It is so. As we think and meditate on the Oneness, we cannot help but think of the Creator and the Source of all that is. I believe this is the true spiritual life. This is the meaning of it all. God is and because God is, we are. As we meditate and think of the vastness, intelligence and power in this one mind which we call God, we realize how wonderful it all is. And so it is.



Coco, One of a Kind!


Coco @ 10 weeks

There once was a kitten we named Coco

Now we call her Ohoh! Here she comes!

Don’t get scared that’s the end of my poetry.

I have to share Coco’s latest feat. This is no ordinary cat. Her most extraordinary cuteness, is not to be understated by her superior intelligence. What’s so great about her you may ask. She fetches. I’m not kidding. I didn’t know cats would do that and at 12 weeks.

Bill started it all when he picked up her ball and rolled it on the floor to encourage her to chase it. She not only chased it, she picked it up, walked back down the hall to Bill and put it down at his feet!!!  She repeats this over and over for as long as his strength holds out. She will now fetch for me but I don’t last as long as Bill does.

We are having a great time with our kitten. She is calming down and is more fun that I could ever imagine.

What a sweet expresion of  God she brings to our home.

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


No! No! Coco

In my desire for a new kitten I had forgotten something important. Kittens bite!  I looked up “kittens bite” on the internet. It turns out that’s what kittens do.

Kittens being baby cats are a lot of work. I was thinking cute and cuddly. She is cute and cuddly but she is also mischievous, scratches and bites. What’s a mother to do? Bill and I went over to PetSmart and PetCo and bought several toys home: a mat that lights up when the cat steps on a spot; a toy that stands up & has feathers & things to bat; a pup tent that lights up in the dark with purple balls in it; a ball with a mouse face & furry tail, some kitten treats etc. etc. They promised we could return what she didn’t like them.

The mat that lights up was a real flop, she couldn’t care less. The toy that  has feathers to bat fared the same. The pup tent with sparkle balls was a major success. She loves it and the mouse ball with the furry tail. The organic kitten treats did not excite her at all.

I checked the internet and was advised that cats don’t like to walk on aluminum foil and it will keep cats off tables and counters. Coco loves aluminum.

We are not deterred. Here is another picture of Coco.

 Coco’s mother,

Gail Manishor,
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life