Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 24: Joy Is Within Our Reach …

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. — Epicurus   There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless… Continue reading Advent Day 24: Joy Is Within Our Reach …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 17: Awakening To Your Heart …

From the very beginning to the very end, pointing to our own hearts to discover what is true isn’t just a matter of honesty but also of compassion and respect for what we see. Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it’s important is that, fundamentally,… Continue reading Advent Day 17: Awakening To Your Heart …

Prayers

Blessing the Fragments …

He told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” ―John 6.12 It is part of the miracle: how Jesus, with such intention, cares for the fragments following the feast. He sees the abundance that persists, the feast that remains within the fragments. We might think the marvel of… Continue reading Blessing the Fragments …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons

Born of a Star (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Return to the darkness, return this longest night of wonder Return Return to the dream, return this holy night to ponder Deep in the night, listen listen Turn to the light waken, waken Deep in the night turn to the light Waken to Sun’s ancient summons ~ we who are born of a star who… Continue reading Born of a Star (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Quotes

Silence Is The Presence Of Everything …

Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything. — Gordon Hempton from One Square Inch of Silence Our silence creates space to listen. Our listening creates space to take notice. Our noticing creates space for amazement. It is our amazement that gives us the energy to create change, whether that be in… Continue reading Silence Is The Presence Of Everything …

Quotes, Seasons

See the Good In All Things (Spring Meditation) …

Everything is so inseparably united. As soon as we begin to describe a flower or a tree or a storm or an Indian or a chipmunk, up jumps the whole heaven and earth and God Himself in one inseparable glory. — John Muir from My First Summer in the Sierra Learn to see God in all… Continue reading See the Good In All Things (Spring Meditation) …

Interreligious, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Cultivating Gratitude (Thanksgiving Prayers) …

For the laughter of the children, For my own life breath, For the abundance of food on this table, For the ones who prepared this sumptuous feast, For the roof over our heads, The clothes on our backs, For our health, And our wealth of blessings, For this opportunity to celebrate with family and friends,… Continue reading Cultivating Gratitude (Thanksgiving Prayers) …

Quotes

The Work Of Listening: To Keep The Song That Comes Out Of Nowhere Alive …

We forever drift in and out of the miracle before us. As our eyes dilate and constrict in order to see, we are opened by love, wonder, and truth into the immediacy of all that is incomprehensible, only to wrestle with pain, loss, and obstacles that make us constrict. And during the wrestle, the miracle… Continue reading The Work Of Listening: To Keep The Song That Comes Out Of Nowhere Alive …