For the last year and a half I have been crunching through the thicket of a very intense, emotional breakup.  It has been quite the dharma lesson.  Facing my ex's rage and anger as well as my own has been one of the hardest and intense journeys of my life.  Often I have felt so much pain, confusion and turmoil that I just wanted to give up moving forward altogether.  However, a great many wonderful gifts and blessings surfaced through this intense journey.  I continue to learn about taking accountability for my own choices, facing fears and emotional storms and recognizing over and over again that indeed love prevails all trauma.  One of the many many helpers along the way has been Quan Yin, the inspiring goddess of compassion. Quan Yin's name means She who hearkens to the cries of the world and is one of few goddesses that was once a god.  Originating in Tibet as Avalokiteshvara, the Tibetan Buddhist deity of compassion, as his shrines travel through Tibet, China and into Japan they slowly transform from a masculine deity into the female form now known as Quan Yin. Quan Yin is similar to Mary and also the White Tara of Tibetan Buddhism, a gentle, clear quiet form of the divine feminine.  She hears all the suffering of the realms and is so moved by compassion that she reaches out to touch us with her graceful and loving presence.  Carrying a vase of pure water or divine nectar, she attends to those in need sprinkling them lovingly with drops of compassion. On a recent winter road trip I encountered the beauty and pristine awareness that is embodied by Quan Yin.  As my girlfriend and I traveled across [...]