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 …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 04: Walk, Don’t Run …

It's winter and there is smoke from the fires. The square, lighted windows of houses are fogging over. It is a world of elemental attention, of all things working together, listening to what speaks in the blood. Whichever road I follow, I walk in the land of many gods, and they love and eat one… Continue reading Advent Day 04: Walk, Don’t Run …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, Interreligious, Quotes

Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord. — Zech 2:13 Where shall the Word be found, where will the word resound? Not here. There is not enough silence. — T. S. Elliott from Collected Poems (Ash Wednesday)   To enter the unspeakable requires a quiet courage that points to what is often out of… Continue reading Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …

The word solitude can be misleading. It suggests being alone by yourself in an isolated place. When we think about solitaries, our mind easily evokes images of monks or hermits who live in remote places secluded from the noise of the busy world. In fact, the words solitude and solitary are derived from the Latin… Continue reading Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …