September 22, 2018

As Our Days Grow Darker It is easy for most of us to fool ourselves into forgetting our days grow darker each year. We use electricity and machines to brighten our days with artificial light. Rarely do we take time to pause and remember, to take a breath and realize our days are changing. Today is the day this year when darkness catches up with light. Our days have been brighter and longer in our hemisphere for six months, since… Read more

September 20, 2018

Stepping Into Walking Prayer Walking is important to me. I walk whenever I can. I relate to other people differently when I walk than when I drive. We all walk at our own pace. Sometimes we amble along, sometimes we stride with purpose. Walking gives us time to reflect, to breathe well, and to pray. My praying is fairly intentional at the beginning of a walk. There may be a subject or person drawing me out to walk and pray for… Read more

September 18, 2018

Hurrying Into Stillness More and more of us are talking about the importance of mindfulness and stillness in our lives. We commit ourselves to beginning new contemplative practices. Our new practices take time and we often find ourselves hurrying into stillness. We want to spend time listening to sacred stillness regularly and say we will spend at least twenty minutes each day. On a practical level we are trying to squeeze another twenty minutes into a day which is already… Read more

September 15, 2018

  Leaning Into Uncertainty Life can feel like we are sailing a small raft on a vast ocean of uncertainty. Uncertainty stretches before us as far as we can see in every direction, from horizon to horizon. We search for one unambiguous, sure thing we can hold onto which will hold us firm. Uncertainty makes us feel uncomfortable and afraid. It is easy for us to feel we need to find a safe place to hide and wait for uncertainty… Read more

September 11, 2018

Beyond Voices We Remember Many of us have minds full of voices we remember, particularly on days like today. There are voices we remember with love or admiration, others we remember even though we try to forget them. We may remember voices which speak in soft, gentle whispers or urgent arguments. The voices remind us of people who have shaped our lives. Some have encouraged or inspired us while others have been examples for us to avoid following. There are… Read more

September 8, 2018

Where is Spiritual Life Taking Us? One of the things I love about my work is when people share their questions with me. They do not necessarily believe I have all the answers to their questions. I hope they appreciate I take their questions seriously and will not make up answers or lie to them. People often need help understanding their own questions and I help them think about questions in new ways. Many of the questions people have boil… Read more

September 4, 2018

When Stillness Helps Heal Us Sometimes we push ourselves too far, or allow other people to push us too hard. There are times when life takes a lot out of us and leaves us feeling battered and bruised. We may like to think we can keep going, continuing to push regardless of the obstacles we face. Many of us do not like to rest or take time to recover. We believe we are being strong and independent when we ignore… Read more

September 1, 2018

The Spiritual Life of Work I live in a society which believes in the value of hard work and focused labor. We hear hard work is its own reward. People tell us the way to get what we want, no matter what it is, is through working as hard as we can. They tell us working hard and playing by the rules is the American Way. What is the spiritual life of work? The financial, physical, and emotional results of… Read more

August 30, 2018

When We Start to Feel a Little Lost I like to have the sense I know where I am going. When my direction is not clear I start to get nervous and feel a little lost.Many of us expect to understand where we are and would like to be going. We may have been taught it is part of growing up to make our own decisions, to find our own way. It can be a challenge for us when someone… Read more

August 28, 2018

Ordinary, Everyday Stillness It is easy for us to forget ordinary, everyday stillness. We get a little overwhelmed and think sacred stillness requires a specific time or place. If stillness is sacred, we assume, it probably needs a sacred space or schedule. Some of us believe stillness is not really sacred unless we experience it in a certain way. We seem to think it is the way we listen which makes stillness sacred. Many of us are not comfortable with… Read more

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