Days In The Desert, Quotes

There Is A Balm In Gilead …

Blessed are you in whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes— your heart a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night can be seen the fire that shines forth in you in unaccountable faith, in stubborn hope, in love that illumines every broken thing it finds.Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace: A… Continue reading There Is A Balm In Gilead …

Media, Poems, Quotes

The Hill We Climb …

When day comes we ask ourselves,Where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry,a sea we must wadeWe braved the belly of the beastWe’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peaceAnd the norms and notionsof what just isIsn’t always just-ice.And yet the dawn is oursbefore we knew itSomehow we do itSomehow we weathered… Continue reading The Hill We Climb …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Time To Go Into The Dark (Winter Solstice) …

Time to go into the darkwhere the night has eyesto recognize its own.There you can be sureyou are not beyond love.— David Whyte from The House of Belonging (Sweet Darkness)   We risk the life we've known to discover something new . . . The unknown territory will open before us only to the extent… Continue reading Time To Go Into The Dark (Winter Solstice) …

Poems, Seasons

The Blessing of the Morning Light to You (An Easter Blessing during COVID-19) …

The blessing of the morning light to you, may it find you even in your invisible appearances, may you be seen to have risen from some other place we intuit and know in the darkness and that that carries all we need. May you see what is hidden in you as a place of hospitality… Continue reading The Blessing of the Morning Light to You (An Easter Blessing during COVID-19) …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s Meditation) …

I place on the altar of dawn: The quiet loyalty of breath, The tent of thought where I shelter, Waves of desire I am shore to And all beauty drawn to the eye. May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of… Continue reading Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s Meditation) …

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 …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 07: Our Real Work …

Marvelous Truth, confront us at every turn in every guise. ― Denise Levertov from A Grateful Heart   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,… Continue reading Advent Day 07: Our Real Work …

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 …