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 …

Quotes

You Are Not Alone …

The longer I wake on this Earth, the louder the quiet things speak to me. The more I experience and survive, the more I find truth in the commonalities we all share. The more pain softens me, the deeper my joy and the greater the lessons of those things that live in great stillness.— Mark… Continue reading You Are Not Alone …

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 …

Quotes

To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of… Continue reading To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

Quotes

Empathy …

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But… Continue reading Empathy …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Hope Nonetheless …

Hoping against hope, he believed. —Romans 4:18 Hope nonetheless. Hope despite. Hope regardless. Hope still. Hope where we had ceased to hope. Hope amid what threatens hope. Hope with those who feed our hope. Hope beyond what we had hoped. Hope that draws us past our limits. Hope that defies expectations. Hope that questions what… Continue reading Hope Nonetheless …

Quotes

Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

How far I have to go to find you in whom I have already arrived! — Thomas Merton   Wayside Shrines The difference between a labyrinth and a maze is that a labyrinth has no dead ends. The famed eleven-circuit labyrinth inlaid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France has just one path, which… Continue reading Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

Prayers, Seasons

He is Risen! (Easter Prayer) …

You have risen!You have removed the stone that blocks the springs of life and hope.With your loving hands you have embraced us and our fragile world.You walk with us on every road we travel, you sit at every table where we gather.You have risen!Stay with us too, as you did with the Emmaus disciples.In times… Continue reading He is Risen! (Easter Prayer) …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons

Mud and Miracle (A Springtime Meditation) …

in time of daffodils (who know the goal of living is to grow) — e.e. cummings from Selected Poems   Sleeping In The Forest I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on… Continue reading Mud and Miracle (A Springtime Meditation) …