Grounded in Earth-Breath

While things political are currently out of whack and in a state of alarm and distressing tantrum, we live in a beautiful, beautiful world. I'm on a 4 1/2 hour drive and the rugged autumnal scenery is reminding me that the personal and social storms of our lives are transitory and so very fleeting. No matter what happens with our elections, no matter how things play out at work, no matter the state of our love lives, and regardless of all of our petty preferences and opinions - the … [Read more...]

Got Hope?

Hope Givers by Daisy Rain Martin is not a book you should read- unless you're a human being seeking to find meaning in life - unless you're seeking to scrap together some sense of a healthy perspective on the many travails and ups and downs of life - unless you follow Jesus in some rather unorthodox, non-conventional, humble, really down-to-earth, and utterly outrageous ways - unless you're the sort of person who finds that reading anecdotes and slices of other people's lives and seeing … [Read more...]

The Golden Rule is Bad for Business?

Most all of the world religions share a common teaching to not harm others - "the Silver Rule."  "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn." - Rabbi Hillel  That's one of the many teachings among the world religions that state this in "the negative."Two religions, Christianity and Jainism, state it in the positive teaching to pro-actively do good to others. As Jesus put it, "do unto others as you'd have them do unto y … [Read more...]

Eutychus – the first young victim of organized religion.

When asked "who is your favorite person in the Bible?"I don’t say Moses – even though at times I’ve felt adrift in life and like I’m floating down a river into the unknown I don’t say Peter – even though I relate to his epic adventures in missing the point I don’t say Paul – even though I relate to his ego, and the unnamed thorn in his side I don’t say Mary – even though my heart sings with elation when I realize how she, a woman, was the first Christian preacher and evangelist of the good … [Read more...]

We’re not “Just Passing Through.”

I recently overheard the following observation about various students at a certain liberal arts college: "What white feminists say: "I am a spiritual entity first and a human body second." (privilege)What women of color experience: "I cannot identify as a spiritual being first, no matter how badly I want to, because society puts limits on my identity based on my skin color and ethnicity." (oppression) I've seen these very insights named and called out several times over the years - in … [Read more...]

We are being PUNKED by Trump.

Having a hard time sleeping at night lately?Has all of the hatred, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia, anti-immigrant rhetoric that Donald Trump has been spewing and evoking in others been getting you down?Baffled that Trump has now been having his followers raise their right hands in a neo-nazi "Heil Hitler!" fashion?Insomnia can take years off our lives.     I have an answer...."..But it could be that we don't need … [Read more...]