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

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

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

Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Love, Poetry, Prayer

A Poem and a Practice: Adored.

  For some reason, I'm finding words to be scarce this summer. Although, sometimes you don't need many words. A few will do just fine. A Poem: It sounds cheesy and much too simple, but I honestly believe it is True. The Answer is Love. The way, the truth, the life: this is the Love that… Continue reading A Poem and a Practice: Adored.

Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Everyday Grace, Paying Attention, Prayer

Walking with your Eyes and Heart Wide Open

“Creation itself is a sacred text through which the presence of God is revealed to us.” –Christine Valters Paintner Last weekend, I hiked with my family through a gorgeous piece of woods in a state park close to home. The trees were green with young leaves. Warm sunlight illuminated young ferns and a myriad of… Continue reading Walking with your Eyes and Heart Wide Open

Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Paying Attention

Dare to Be Slow

"The self has become anxious for what the next instant might bring. This greed for destination obliterates the journey." --John O'Donohue "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ~ Ferris Bueller Does hurry infect your life like it does mine? Hurry is hard… Continue reading Dare to Be Slow

Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Paying Attention, spiritual direction, Words

How to Clear Space

"In the spiritual life, the word 'discipline' means 'the effort to create some space in which God can act.' Discipline means to prevent everything in your life from being filled up."  --Henri Nouwen "So what is your dream job?" Before my inner-censor kicked in, I blurted out: "I would like to work at a monastery for half the… Continue reading How to Clear Space

Becoming, Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Image of God, Listening, Paying Attention

What if There’s Something Much Better than Living for God?

I used to desperately try to live for God. And for most of my grown-up life, I felt like I was letting God down. When you grow up Baptist with a strong earnest streak and a deep spiritual hunger, you cannot help but try to live your life for God. You will read books, hear… Continue reading What if There’s Something Much Better than Living for God?

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?