Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 05: Practicing Peace In Times of War …

When you’re like a keg of dynamite just about to go off, patience means just slowing down at that point—just pausing—instead of immediately acting on your usual, habitual response. You refrain from acting, you stop talking to yourself, and then you connect with the soft spot. But at the same time you are completely and… Continue reading Advent Day 05: Practicing Peace In Times of War …

Quotes, Seasons

A Small, Soft Feather (Autumn Meditation) …

“Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all ... — Emily Dickinson, "'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers" from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson   The woods is shining this morning. Red, gold and green,… Continue reading A Small, Soft Feather (Autumn Meditation) …

Poems, Quotes

House Of Light …

Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. ― Mary Oliver   Still, what I want… Continue reading House Of Light …

Poems, Quotes

Don’t Squander Joy …

Don’t squander joy. We can’t prepare for tragedy and loss. When we turn every opportunity to feel joy into a test drive for despair, we actually diminish our resilience. Yes, softening into joy is uncomfortable. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s vulnerable. But every time we allow ourselves to lean into joy and give in to… Continue reading Don’t Squander Joy …

Poems, Quotes

The Voice Of Your Own Soul …

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich from On Lies, Secrets, and Silence When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin… Continue reading The Voice Of Your Own Soul …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …

You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through. —John O'Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us   Be Still The ancient psalmist plucked his strings and sang a sentence sprung from… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …

Days of Advent, Quotes

Advent Meditation: Sabbath As Resistance …

In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by the production and consumption of commodity goods. Such an act of resistance requires enormous intentionality and… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Sabbath As Resistance …

Prayers, Quotes

Prayer Is Our Humble Answer To The Inconceivable Surprise Of Living. …

To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. — Rabbi Abraham Joshua… Continue reading Prayer Is Our Humble Answer To The Inconceivable Surprise Of Living. …

Prayers, Quotes

Deep Listening …

O Great Spirit help me always speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when other's speak and to remember the peace that may be found in silence. — Cherokee Prayer from 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom   I pray for deep listening in the new century listening alone listening together listening to others… Continue reading Deep Listening …