Today, I suggest one possible way of looking at the Source, the All, that to which we sing in Hymn 123, “Spirit of Life.” I suggest that we consider this as the Primal, Never-ending Creativity. Further, we can reflect and actually be this Source when we engage our own creativity. Two ways of being this [...]
I sit down at my computer. It is Ostara, the first day of solar spring, and the day after the biggest-seeming full moon in a generation, I watch a robin. His breast is puffed out in classic robin-redbreast style, and he is poking around in the just-waking garden. He pulls his head back hard and [...]
As I have written here before, on a beautiful day in October, I was privileged to experience my father’s ashes, the dust of his body, swirling around me in the wind, catching in my clothes, entering my lungs, and traveling slowly down Laurel Run, down, down, down towards the Chesapeake. With poignant joy and gentle [...]
Some incomplete thoughts on the nature of spirituality and religion as I understand them:
The God of my understanding is the tissue of the universe: The connections among all things and the unfolding of existence.
Spiritual practice—ritual, meditation, worship, etc.—is for the development of presence and wisdom. It is for the benefit of humanity and [...]
August 24, 2010
This time of grief, in calm, contemplative moments, is unearthing an attention to life as well as to death. The reflection that follows is in no way unique or even particularly original. In fact, it is shot through with echoes and streaks of many religions, the teachings of many traditions.
It is [...]
At church last Sunday, the sermon concerned sacredness. What is sacred? What is “the Sacred”?
I’ve been thinking about these questions quite a lot lately, and more so as my family has come together to be with my father in what is either his last few days of life or a particularly difficult period of [...]
What do I actually do in my “spiritual life” that I find helpful? The short answer is that I don’t do as much as I’d like, and not as consistently as I’d like. But some of the rest of the answer involves specific practices. I wrote some about this in my first blog on practice, [...]