• 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,  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…

  • 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…

  • 2019,  Everyday Life,  Experiments,  Spirituality

    Metanoia

    This weekend I turned 42. On my birthday morning, after making coffee, I pulled up the New York Times. The zeitgeist is deeply troubled. The UK Election just reinforced a Brexit from the EU, but also reinforced a retreat by people into nationalism and self-preservation. Non-cooperation, non-neighborliness, non-flourishing are taking hold on people. Certainly, this spirit has also taken hold in the United States. The NYT Opinion writers are grieving the end of global cooperation, prematurely anointing Trump the winner of the 2020 election, and proclaiming the failure of the progressive imagination to engage peoples’ emotions – since Truth has become a naive paradigm, a “20th century ideal”, and what…