Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 19: Bearing Witness …

Bearing witness is one of the primary ways that human beings hold each other up and help each other grow. Bearing witness is also one of the primary functions of art. No matter what we long for in our imagination, we are just as obliged to affirm the truth of how we mistreat each other… Continue reading Advent Day 19: Bearing Witness …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 18: Harnessing The Power Of Love …

I have a memory, too, as a twelve-year-old of crying silently but bitterly face-down into a pillow on the living room floor. That day, my bird, my only life companion, had disappeared up an open flue in our apartment wall. There were visiting relatives in the house, in my bedroom, whom I knew were not… Continue reading Advent Day 18: Harnessing The Power Of Love …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 03: Ritual …

I say that religion isn’t about believing things. It’s ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness. — Karen Amstrong as quoted in Profile at TED (2009)   Religions don’t agree on which day is holy, but by and large they do agree that… Continue reading Advent Day 03: Ritual …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Christmas is a swiftly moving season with few clear boundaries. The day after we've packed up our Halloween costumes, Hallmark Channel begins nearly two months of twenty-four-seven presentations of Christmas movies. Shortly thereafter, we are inundated with ads inviting us to shop early to get the best bargains. The holiday rush is in full swing… Continue reading Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Interreligious, Quotes

The Wisdom Of Beauty …

I did not have to ask my heart what it wanted, because of all the desires I have ever known just one did I cling to for it was the essence of all desire: to hold beauty in my soul's arms. — St. John of the Cross from Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices… Continue reading The Wisdom Of Beauty …

Quotes

A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Empathy is connection … Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance. … … Empathy is a strange and powerful thing. There is no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating… Continue reading A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Quotes, Seasons

Autumn Sunset …

Autumn in my part of the world is a season of bounty and beauty. It’s also a season of steady decline—and, for some of us, a slow slide into melancholy. The days become shorter and colder, the trees shed their glory, and summer’s abundance starts to decay toward winter’s death. I’m a professional melancholic, and… Continue reading Autumn Sunset …

Quotes

From Acorn Into Oak Tree …

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 which we flourish or wither?— Dawna Markova from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life   You… Continue reading From Acorn Into Oak Tree …

Prayers, Quotes

The Earth Is Burning (Prayers For The Amazon) …

For us to regard the bomb, the dying seas, or the poisoned air as monstrous injustices would suggest that we never took seriously the injunction to love. Perhaps we thought all along that Gautama and Jesus were kidding, or their teachings meant only for saints. But now we see, as an awful revelation, that we… Continue reading The Earth Is Burning (Prayers For The Amazon) …