• 2021

    A Prayer

    I’m experimenting with combining images of line drawing and acrylic painting in Photoshop, and coming up with things like this. I have come to realize that I need to pray. Like, I have a need to offer prayers. Though I have left behind the notion of a father god and am allowing for more unknowing in my life these days, some things are still firm. The desire for goodness, wellness, and wholeness – for all things. That is firm. Recently in an sdi webinar, @imamjamalrahman with us that we know God is close when we are troubled. When we are filled with longing, this is the Presence of the Divine. Anyone…

  • 2021,  Everyday Life

    A visitation from gentle water

    “Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And I love the rain.“ April Rain Song, by Langston Hughes This day, I snapped some photos around my home, and made a gratitude practice out of it. I included a small doodle from my sketchbook. Creative practices like these can awaken the sacred intentions that will ground the rest of our day.

  • 2021,  Spirituality

    Some Benefits of Spiritual Guidance

    Eckhart Tolle in his book The New Earth puts forward what he calls Three Modalities of Awakened Doing. These three modalities “in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe.” (Tolle, 295). These are essentially three ways of being in which one should always seek to be within. They are: Acceptance: When you can’t enjoy what you’re doing, you can at least accept that this is what you have to do, and bring a sense of responsibility and awareness to this circumstance. This brings about a peace while you do it. Joy: This peace turns into a sense of aliveness. Joy occurs when you participate…

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    2021,  Spirituality

    Why is Deep Listening Important?

    Consider: has anyone recently asked, “How are you?”, and really meant it? When most people ask you this question, how do you respond? Usually, we say, “fine, thanks.” We probably share something about our job, or relate a short story about something that happened to you in the past few days. Something about the weather. When I ask, “how are you?” – I want to know what’s on your heart. What truly matters for you? These are the kinds of heart-awakening questions I like to listen for: What’s stirring for you? Where are you dissatisfied? What do you long for? What do you hope for? Do you have any big…

  • 2021,  Spirituality

    Can Spiritual Directors Help? nytimes.com

    We at SDI were pretty thrilled to see this article published on spiritual companionship in the New York Times. Our Executive Director was quoted extensively, and I play a small role in this article (Towards the end of the article, I am the “friend who was training to be a spiritual director” LOL): Faith is Hard to Define. Can Spiritual Directors Help? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)  

  • 2021,  Everyday Life,  Spirituality

    Spiritual Guidance – A Travelogue (Part 1)

    “…always the question comes back to a central question: how is the Divine wooing us, calling us into deeper and deeper intimacy?”[1] John Mabry We love to travel. We all have seen the proliferation of travel books, blogs, and Instagrams that are dedicated to making us wish we were in different places. Exotic places. Faraway places that are difficult to get to. Or at least, take a long plane ride to arrive at. We desire to travel to these places because they are different from where we are. They are somewhere else. When we realize we are going to travel, say for a planned vacation, this is an anticipatory experience…