• 2020,  Spirituality

    A Gratitude Meditation for Spiritual Companions (SDI Podcast)

    For this week’s SDI podcast, I wrote and recorded a short meditation on gratitude for spiritual companions. It offers a few specific prompts, each related to key aspects of the service of spiritual companionship, with a bit of silence in between. I hope you find it helpful and encouraging! Gratitude is a universal practice of orienting ourselves towards the fact that our very lives are a gift. It is essentially a posture or a lens through which we see the arrangements and circumstances of our very existence. Do we view the world with a sense of scarcity, and lack, and pessimism? Or do we view it as a place of…

  • a drawing of the offering of spiritual companionship to one another
    2020,  Everyday Life,  Spirituality

    All moments are key moments

    Frederick Buechner, from Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation: “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

  • 2020,  Everyday Life,  Experiments,  Spirituality

    Breath, Step, Draw, Repeat

    I’ve been training for a couple of years in becoming a Facilitator in Interspiritual Meditation – a universal seven-step practice that was developed as a direct descendant of the Snowmass Conferences that Father Thomas Keating hosted, bringing together teachers from different religions and sacred traditions and finding ways to practice spirituality together. I’ve been privileged to get to share this practice with a few of you, and have been introducing it more and more with groups over the past year. This week I finished a Capstone project – a little rinky-dink website where I try to bring together meditation, wisdom, art, and walking into an integrated spiritual practice. I made…

  • 2020,  slider,  Spirituality

    What is Ours To Do

    In many recent conversations with my friends, we’ve been thinking about justice, what is ours to do, and contemplation A LOT. I don’t have good answers for any of this, but various contingent places that I land, depending on the day. I suppose I write here today on my discernings of what it means to be contemplative, and, what it means to be a listener. Something I read recently by Thomas Merton has been challenging me around contemplative practice – the danger of it becoming an introverted practice of navel-gazing: “He will make contemplative faces at himself like a child in front of a mirror. He will cultivate the contemplative…

  • 2020

    An Invitation to Explore Walking, Cartography, and Service with me

    I was invited by the Grunewald Guild to teach an online version of my walking/drawing/cartography course this summer, and to create a video to invite others. Here’s what came of that – this morning’s walk (with help from Heather on the camera). It is an invitation as much to myself as to others, to explore together what is ours to do and how to be of service to a hurting world. It’s an invitation for me as well to be in dialog with these practices of walking, of contemplation, and making art. Do they help? Do they matter? I still believe they do. At the least, they allow me to listen,…