Poems, Quotes

The Voice Of Your Own Soul …

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich from On Lies, Secrets, and Silence When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin… Continue reading The Voice Of Your Own Soul …

Quotes, Vocations

In Search Of Our True Self …

To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty. To find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a… Continue reading In Search Of Our True Self …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Patient Trust (Prayers For The Unemployed And Those In Transition) …

Don’t you see how everything that happens is again and again a beginning, and couldn’t it be His beginning, since, in itself, starting is always so beautiful? ... these very days of your transition are perhaps the time when everything in you is working at Him, as you once worked at Him in your childhood,… Continue reading Patient Trust (Prayers For The Unemployed And Those In Transition) …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons, Vocations

Give Up All The Other Worlds Except The One To Which You Belong (New Year’s Eve) …

You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you. ―David Whyte… Continue reading Give Up All The Other Worlds Except The One To Which You Belong (New Year’s Eve) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: What Gives You Life …

There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that. — Rumi from A Garden Beyond Paradise If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within… Continue reading Advent Meditation: What Gives You Life …

Quotes, Vocations

Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul …

Your life is not an unending self-improvement project and your heart is not a venture to be undertaken, mastered, and completed. Perhaps today was never going to be the day when you figured it all out, got all your questions answered, or resolved the contradictions. It's just too wild for all that. Just too creative.… Continue reading Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul …

Prayers, Seasons

A Prayer of Hope For the New Year …

God as this new year dawns, Let us see the newness you are birthing. May we not be blinded by darkness, Or paralyzed by the fear. That consumes our world May we remember: Out of winter's night you bring forth light, Out of winter's death new seeds emerge. What is dormant will spring to life,… Continue reading A Prayer of Hope For the New Year …

Quotes

I Just Want To Do Love Right …

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. — L.R. Knost There is a lovely idea in… Continue reading I Just Want To Do Love Right …

Days In The Desert, Poems, Seasons

Desert Day 40: How Did They Know (Spring Meditation) …

How did they know it was time to push up through the long-wintered soil? How did they know it was the moment to resurrect, while thick layers of stubborn ice still pressed the bleak ground flat? But the tulips knew. They came, rising strongly, a day after the ice died. There's a hope-filled place in… Continue reading Desert Day 40: How Did They Know (Spring Meditation) …