Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Hope (Advent Meditation) …

Because when all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel — God With Us. — Isaiah 8:10, The Message   Hope and Fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay. Invite one to stay. — Maya Angelou from Sacred Threshold by Paula D'Arcy   A Pilgrimage of Discovery… Continue reading Hope (Advent Meditation) …

Prayers, Quotes

Loving Kindness: A Prayer for Hope & Healing (Morning Prayer) …

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi Go to the place inside that hurts. The part that’s lonely or sad. Your broken heart. Your bruised ego. The part of you that worries it will always be… Continue reading Loving Kindness: A Prayer for Hope & Healing (Morning Prayer) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 22: The Dawn Is Coming …

Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming. — Rumi from A Year With Rumi   I believe the world we want to inhabit is emerging — one life, one conversation, and one community at a time. — Krista Tippett from The On Being Project   Hope begins in the dark:… Continue reading Advent Day 22: The Dawn Is Coming …

Days of Advent, Interreligious, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

On the scale of our human history, rituals like putting up Christmas trees, lighting menorahs, reading Hafiz, and baking rice dumplings are new. We, humans, have celebrated the earthly repercussions of our orbit longer than we’ve celebrated virtually anything. Before Christmas and Hanukkah, before monotheism or any other kind of theism, our ancestors were staring… Continue reading Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 12: Don’t Hesitate …

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back,… Continue reading Advent Day 12: Don’t Hesitate …

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 …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Joy Accompanied Me As I Walked (Thanksgiving Meditations and Prayers) …

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked ... — Anais Nin from The Quotable Anais Nin (Diary 4)   The Place I Want To Get… Continue reading Joy Accompanied Me As I Walked (Thanksgiving Meditations and Prayers) …

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Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers. ― Brenda Ueland from If You Want To Write   The Stream of Life The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It… Continue reading Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

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 …