Contemplation, Contemplative Practices

Cultivating Wonder

Wonder is on my Christmas list this year. Why wonder? Faith starts with wonder according to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. In God in Search of Man, he writes: "The sense for the 'miracles which are daily with us,' the sense for the 'continual marvels,' is the source of prayer." In contrast, "The surest way to… Continue reading Cultivating Wonder

Becoming, Belief, Belonging, Doubt, Listening, Mudroom Blog

When Leaving is Just the Beginning

"What are the major turning points of your life?" A friend asked me this question about a month or so ago. I knew without hesitation that leaving church and leaving my career in short succession was a major turning point in my life. Everything changed after that. Everything. I know that I've told pieces of… Continue reading When Leaving is Just the Beginning

Doubt, Questions, Words

Words that Made a Difference for This Doubter

Hello! I'm blowing the dust off of this blog today in order to send some words out into the world. Thanks for being here. A few years ago, I had a complete faith breakdown. I was frightened, anxious, and lonely. My sense of belonging, which had always been securely anchored in my church and beliefs, had… Continue reading Words that Made a Difference for This Doubter

Becoming, Compassion, writing

Why I always begin again (and again)

"The sun comes up and we start again. The sun comes up and we start again... Be here now." Mason Jennings sang me to wake this morning with words that I needed to hear and carry with me today. They echo words from St. Benedict that I have tucked into my heart: "always we begin… Continue reading Why I always begin again (and again)

Becoming, Contemplation, Listening, Perspective, Seasons

Rejoicing in Sprouts

Sprouts! I've spotted two so far. Tiny tomato sprouts from seeds that I planted 8 days ago. Seeds that are a few years old because last year I had a tomato tragedy and my plants weren't able to produce fruit. I've been checking for signs of life a few times a day since I planted… Continue reading Rejoicing in Sprouts

Becoming, Enough, Everyday Grace

Daring Contentment

"I believe that the most important single thing beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare." Maya Angelou When I think of daring. I don't usually think of me. But I have been daring lately. Daring to be content. Daring to be happy with me and the life that is mine. Daring to be unapologetic… Continue reading Daring Contentment

Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Creativity, Paying Attention, Prayer, spiritual direction

“I’m Painting! I’m Painting!” and Learning to Pray through Play

“Man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays.” ~ Friedrich Schiller Do you ever have "I'm sailing!" moments? You know, like from the movie What About Bob? when Bill Murray is tied to the sail boat… Continue reading “I’m Painting! I’m Painting!” and Learning to Pray through Play


Embracing the invitation of “It is”

Some situations call for excellent analytical skills, but generally, employing these skills directed at the people around us isn't helpful. It separates us. I try to 'understand' them, but without putting myself in their shoes. What if there is another way of seeing those around us? The phrase "It is" has been repeating in my… Continue reading Embracing the invitation of “It is”