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, Enough, Perspective, writing

Welcoming Empty Pages and Spacious Places

I've been contending with empty pages for a while now. Empty journal pages—pen poised in my hand for 30 minutes and the page still blank. Empty word documents—cursor blinking and not a word to type. Empty pages sometimes feel like failure. In a few days, I will be staring down another blank page. For the… Continue reading Welcoming Empty Pages and Spacious Places

The Gift of Writing, writing

When You Realize You are Enough

Image from The Gift of Writing Sharing my words is hard sometimes. I don’t always like the emotions that crop up after I share. Sometimes I’ve wondered if I even should be sharing. What if I just can’t handle the aftermath? But the good things in life rarely come easily, do they? Just because being… Continue reading When You Realize You are Enough

Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Listening, Paying Attention, The Gift of Writing, writing

What to Do When Your Heart Doesn’t Know What it Wants

Image from The Gift of Writing I'm learning how to listen to my heart.  What does it sound like?  Where does it show up?  Ego, Intellect, Fear, Should . . . these parts of me are noisy.  Sometimes they distract me from who I am and where I am going. When I forget, when I… Continue reading What to Do When Your Heart Doesn’t Know What it Wants