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, Seasons

Advent Day 13: When the Well Runs Dry …

I took a deep breath and looked to God above, begging for help with what felt like an insurmountable task: sitting still and being quiet. Slowly, as the deep breaths continued, inner stillness came. I began to notice my surroundings. In that moment, I saw everything as it was—beautiful, holy, God’s gift. My heart welled… Continue reading Advent Day 13: When the Well Runs Dry …

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 …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 02: Not All Who Wander Are Lost …

Christmas is amazing — and radical. It challenges wanderers to let their imaginations run wild. Christmas is an irrational, impossible, paradoxical season the infinite in the finite, God's light in the gloom of our world, the whole of the universe concentrated in a little baby, the God of The Big Bang and the galaxies appearing… Continue reading Advent Day 02: Not All Who Wander Are Lost …

Days In The Desert, Seasons

Desert Day 46: Tearing Of The Temple Veil (Good Friday Meditation) …

There are so many haunting lines in the passion narratives. Who of us, for instance, is not stirred in the soul when the passion story is read in church and we come to the part where Jesus takes his last breath and there is that minute of silence, where we all drop to our knees?… Continue reading Desert Day 46: Tearing Of The Temple Veil (Good Friday Meditation) …

Days In The Desert, Quotes, Seasons

Desert Day 38: For Some Things There Are No Wrong Seasons …

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;… Continue reading Desert Day 38: For Some Things There Are No Wrong Seasons …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 27: A Deeper Awareness …

In the morning When I began to wake, It happened again — That feeling That you, Beloved, Had stood over me all night Keeping watch, That feeling That as soon as I began to stir You put Your lips on my forehead And lit a Holy lamp Inside my heart. — Hafiz from I Heard God… Continue reading Desert Day 27: A Deeper Awareness …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 25: Desert Wisdom, What God Has Blessed …

Water, water, water ... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other… Continue reading Desert Day 25: Desert Wisdom, What God Has Blessed …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 19: What Is Real Is Sacred …

Mysteriously, as elusive as it is, this moment--where the eye is what it sees, where the heart is what it feels--this moment shows us that what is real is sacred. ― Mark Nepo from The Book of Awakening The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you're worrying about whether… Continue reading Desert Day 19: What Is Real Is Sacred …