Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Following Our Path

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Following Our Path

There are people who spend their entire lives searching for the right path. Some of us have very specific requirements for the path we will choose to take. We want a good balance of sunlight and shade, not too wet and not too rocky. Some may prefer a gentle grade which is not too challenging to follow. We may […]

Spiritual life is Like Rain After a Long Drought

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Spiritual life is Like Rain After a Long Drought

The spiritual story of where we live is about land and water. We may disagree about politics, but we fight about land and water. As the drought developed over the last few years we slowly began to conserve water. One dry day at a time we came to see water, like our land, is something […]

Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Understanding Our Anger

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | 7 Comments
Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Understanding Our Anger

We know we are not supposed to get angry, or at least not show our anger to anyone else. Anger is not nice, not polite, and we are supposed to be nice and polite to other people. We are taught that when we respect other people, they are more likely to respect us. People tell […]

What is So Spiritual About All This?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
What is So Spiritual About All This?

Things were much easier when I was a child. When I was growing up, the boundary between spiritual life and everything else was clearer. The spiritual stuff happened one day a week, when we worshipped and read scriptures. We did things a certain way, and spiritual life fit neatly into our schedule. The rest of the week […]

Embodying Spiritual Life

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Embodying Spiritual Life

Some people are convinced spiritual life is about what we think. They believe it is more deeply spiritual to hold certain opinions and ideas. For them, spiritual life is essentially analytical and intellectual. They see growing spiritually as learning and finding answers to questions. It is important for them to be able to explain spiritual life […]

Practicing Hospitality

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Practicing Hospitality

Hospitality has been woven into our story, my story, almost since the beginning. I am the most recent in a long line of wanderers, people looking for a new home. Our stories tell us we are refugees, strangers, and immigrants. No matter which countries and spiritual traditions we claim, they are stronger because of people from somewhere else. Our […]

Practicing Comfort and Affliction

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Practicing Comfort and Affliction

Some people are convinced spiritual life is supposed to be reassuring. They believe spiritual life sustains them in times of trouble or doubt. When they face challenges, they rely on spiritual life to see them through. I understand spiritual life as more than helping us feel better in difficult times. One explanation is that spiritual life comforts […]

Saving Time

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Saving Time

We value time. Some of us believe time is money. We do not want anyone to waste our time. It is almost as if we could hoard spare moments or days in boxes to use them later. Some of us are anxious about time management. We want to spend time as effectively as we can. They are […]

Taking Our Next First Step

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Taking Our Next First Step

Every step is a new beginning. Starting each new year, each new day, even getting out of bed each morning, we take a first step. We think things through, assess the risks, make a decision, and prepare to act. Sometimes we need to overcome fear or reluctance, or reassure ourselves we have chosen well. There are […]

Beginning Again

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | 2 Comments
Beginning Again

Each moment, each hour, each day, each week, each month, each year, we begin again. We do not start over because we want everything to be perfect. We do not continue beginning again to demonstrate our stubbornness, our determination. It is not as if we are refusing to stop, refusing to quit. We do not […]