Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. – Novalis My wife hates poetry.  I think she feels intimidated by it, like it’s a secret someone is keeping from her.  I like poetry.  Now I am no T.S. Elliot fan, but I love Rilke and Mary Oliver.  The first poet I fell in love with was [Read More...]

Perfection, Regret, and Starting Over

When I was young, I developed an unhealthy perfectionist mentality.  This was a product of a combination of my own obsessive personality, the unreasonable and unpredictable expectations of a bipolar mother, and a religion (Mormonism) which took the ideal of perfection seriously ["Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is [Read More...]

Listening to the three kindreds

I have written previously about listening as a form of meditation … listening to the silence within us, listening to where the words come from, as a way of connecting to the Unconscious.  I recite this poem to myself before I begin to meditate in this way: When I lean over the chasm of myself, [Read More...]


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