• 2022,  Experiments,  Photography

    Befriending our shadows – a few new videos and photographs

    Our SDI publication Listen is online – a reflection on spiritual companionship, and collaboration between Rev Anil Seifu Singh-Molares and myself. SeiFu writes on the Shadow Spiritual Companion – our befriending our own shadow, in order to integrate our darknesses and illuminate our true natures. SeiFu writes, “We usually associate darkness and shadows with fear: of the unknown, of being lost and never finding the way home again, of getting swallowed up, of entering territories beyond redemption, the “dark night of the soul,” not seeing or being unable to see clearly, in a fog or a haze, and so on. But if we allowed ourselves to lean in to our…

  • 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…

  • 2019,  Everyday Life,  Experiments,  Spirituality

    On Listening

    above – detail from a commissioned artwork for Westminster Chapel, graphite on paper, 2017. Map drawing of Bellevue area, drawings of handwritten notes from participants who live in the area and were asked to contribute short written meditations on how they love where they live. From Taking Our Places by Norman Fischer– “…the most effective form of having “beginner’s mind”. Try engaging in a conversation with no judgement, no preconceptions, no delusions. When someone is speaking with you, just listen! Don’t worry about what you’re going to say afterwards. Don’t offer suggestions or advice. If you feel the need to say something, then repeat what you heard. Listening occurs not…

  • 2019,  Experiments

    I’m hosting a podcast for Spiritual Directors International

      Hey there friends, I’m foraying into a new medium – podcasts! In my work at Spiritual Directors International (SDI) – I’m now recording and hosting a weekly podcast called SDI Encounters. It’s about our work at SDI. SDI is a learning community for people who identify as spiritual companions. What’s a spiritual companion? Simply, it’s someone who listens to others, on a deep level. A spiritual director is a vocation, particularly rooted in the Catholic tradition, who listens to people on an individual basis, helping them discern for themselves the workings of the Divine in their lives. We consider spiritual companionship to be part-and-parcel with this, but on a…