Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Joy is what makes life worth living, but for many joy seems hard to find. They complain that their lives are sorrowful and depressing. What then brings the joy we so much desire? Are some people just… Continue reading Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Quotes

Choose The Deep Again & Again In Order To Live Fully …

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go ... ― John O’Donohue from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom   Learning How To… Continue reading Choose The Deep Again & Again In Order To Live Fully …

Quotes

Little Daily Miracles …

What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. — Virginia Woolf from… Continue reading Little Daily Miracles …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Morning On A New Day (Morning Prayer) …

The glory of the human being is our ability to remake ourselves. The Buddha is very rightly called the Compassionate One because he holds out hope for everybody. He does not say our past has been dark, therefore our chances are dim. He says whatever our past, whatever our present, the sky is bright for… Continue reading Morning On A New Day (Morning Prayer) …

Poems

Breath is the First Prayer …

Breath is the first prayer That opens us to wind, Rhythm breaths us Into the pulse of the world. Impulse lives in matter, Body of earth, water, Air, fire, She knows The shape of my bones. Music is our longing To return to stars. Stones remember, Sing back the story, How the moon rises night… Continue reading Breath is the First Prayer …

Poems

World Weary …

God breathes through us so completely, so gently, we hardly feel it, yet it is our everything. — John Coltrane Weary World-weary? Perhaps what wearies you is not the world but your own mind. It's time to make a pilgrimage from the furrow in your brow to the temple in your chest. The distance isn't… Continue reading World Weary …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Something stirred from deep within. I felt it knocking, begging to be acknowledged and released. I could not put a name to it, but something felt awakened after a long period of dormancy. In truth, this gnawing sensation had been building for more than a year, but on the levee that day, I grappled with… Continue reading Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Days In The Desert, Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Desert Day 20: When The Well Runs Dry …

Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again. But those who drink the water that I will give them will never become thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to eternal life. — John 4: 13-14 And the well… Continue reading Desert Day 20: When The Well Runs Dry …

Days In The Desert, Poems, Quotes

Desert Day 12: Where The Breath Begins …

The Spirit of God breathes everywhere within you, just as in the beginning, filling light place and dark…green earth and dry…. God’s love grows, fullness upon fullness, where you crumble enough to give what is most dear. Your earth. — Joan Sauro from Whole Earth Meditation The Landscape Jesus was led up by the Spirit into… Continue reading Desert Day 12: Where The Breath Begins …