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)

Belonging, Compassion, Contemplation, Peace

The Song Needs Each One of Us (A Piano Parable)

  There is a song in my heart. One I am meant to play. But it comes out all wrong when I sit down in front of those black and white keys. My left hand is weak and rusty from nearly 20 years of practicing every once in a very great while. The song should… Continue reading The Song Needs Each One of Us (A Piano Parable)

Compassion, Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Love

Heart Exercises: Stretching your heart with lovingkindness

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone started their day by cultivating lovingkindness in their hearts? (I'm an idealist. I like to imagine these things. I like to think that anything is possible.) Maybe that's too big. I should start smaller. How would my day, my interactions, my heart change if… Continue reading Heart Exercises: Stretching your heart with lovingkindness

Becoming, Compassion, Perspective

Let’s Make Space for One Another Instead of Trying to Fix Each Other

My daughter had a giant-sized, shallow sliver sticking out of her finger. It could have been an easy, quick fix. I reached for her hand. She hid it behind her back and frantically screamed: "Don't touch it!" But I can get it out. "Don't touch it!" You can get it out. Why don't you try? "Noooo."… Continue reading Let’s Make Space for One Another Instead of Trying to Fix Each Other

Compassion, Contemplative Practices, Doubt, faith, Image of God, Perspective

How Do We Heal from Toxic Images of God?

"It is a lie--any talk of God that does not comfort you... How long will grown men and women in this world keep drawing in their coloring books an image of God that makes them sad?" - current translation of Meister Eckhart How do we heal from toxic images of God? How do we move… Continue reading How Do We Heal from Toxic Images of God?

Compassion, Peace, Perspective

Can We Talk About War and Enemies and Hope and Love?

How do we talk to our children about war and enemies and hope and love? How do we talk to one another? I had the opportunity to practice the other morning as my six-year-old examined the library books scattered on the family-room floor. The conversation went something like this: "Mom, that picture on The Vanished… Continue reading Can We Talk About War and Enemies and Hope and Love?

Compassion, Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Everyday Grace, Prayer, Silence

Changing the Rhythm of Seeing Another

Something has been off between me and a person I love. I don't know that the feeling is mutual. It could be all me. But sometimes I feel my heart hardening, and I don't know why. The other day, I sat down to spend some time in quiet. Unease toward this loved one surfaced. "What… Continue reading Changing the Rhythm of Seeing Another