Let Us Live!

There is nothing new about this message found better penned in the likes of Walden, The Summer Day, Desiderata*, but (maybe) in this inhale you need it (maybe) at your next blink this note will float near and the words will fall over you like a salve to the tired in your bones (maybe) you’ve forgotten about the elixir of living that is yours to taste (here goes) Let us live for today — a slate of possibilities Let us listen to our favorite song — bass high, cruising down the road Let us dance in the kitchen — a…

9am: Blessings Abound (A Lenten Pause)

This season of Lent, I am focusing on the monastic practice of seven daily pauses. Each week, I offer you a poem and piece of gradually changing art for each pause. Last week, we rested at the Awakening Hour (6am). This week, we break at 9am, the Blessing Hour. A wonderful book greatly aiding me through this series is Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr. For a long time, I had my head down, my hands busy, going about my business. I have Work to do. Serious Work (capital W). Meetings. Important Meetings (capital M). Ugh! If only I could…

Your Left Brain Needs a Rest.

  You set your alarm clock 
like a good girl, boy, rise to the ding of the bell, the song of the celeb, shuffle your feet to 
shower, shave, dress — duty the call for your day. You feed your kids, your cat, yourself – breakfast – ready to tackle what arises. You email a teacher, call the doctor, make a grocery list. You pay a few bills, text a friend, eat some lunch. Attend some meetings. Discuss: the time of your next meeting, the vacation you’ll take soon, the milk 
to add to your grocery list. You come home…

O Curious One

Today, I continue with my celebration of Advent considering the people who were on the path to the birth of Christ . As I settled in and read through the birth narrative in the book of Luke, I noticed a profound difference in the questions Zechariah and Mary ask to the angel, Gabriel. In hearing from Gabriel that his elderly wife will give birth to a son who will pave the path for the Savior of the world, Zechariah asks, “How can I be sure of this?”. Meanwhile, when Gabriel tells Mary she will conceive a Son, her response is,…