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Cherish the Day

September 14, 2021 “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”—Thornton Wilder I will be leaving on a 12-day trip tomorrow to visit my sister and her family who live across the country.  Yes, I am anxious, not just about the usual worries that … Continue reading “Cherish the Day”

The Eyes of Wabi-Sabi

September 1, 2021 I recently was introduced to the Japanese Buddhist tradition of Wabi-sabi.  According to Leonard Koren, “Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  It is a beauty of things modest and humble.  It is a beauty of things unconventional”  (Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, and Philosophers).  Wabi-sabi has an ancient … Continue reading “The Eyes of Wabi-Sabi”

An Invitation to Peace

August 26, 2021 In his book, The Music of Silence:  A Sacred Journey Through the Hours of the Day, Brother David Steindl-Rast recalls the story of attending the ordination of Bernie (Tetsugen) Glassman Roshi as Abbot of the Riverside Zendo in New York.  Zen teachers worldwide had gathered to celebrate this solemn ceremony, which was … Continue reading “An Invitation to Peace”

An Invitation to See

August 19, 2021 I recently came across a quotation from John O’Donohue that made me stop.  He wrote, “Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it anymore.  An interesting question to ask yourself at night is, ‘What did I really see this day?’” What did I really see … Continue reading “An Invitation to See”

God is Love

August 12, 2021 “God is love.” (1 John 4:16) I’m told confession is good for the soul.  Let’s find out.  Often in my blogs, I comment on how essential it is in this turbulent and angry world to be still, to take a time out, to step back, to watch what we say.  However, sometimes … Continue reading “God is Love”

Stopping on the Prayer Path

July 12, 2021 As a poet, writer, and spiritual seeker, the description of my blog, Spirit-reflections, reads:  “Walking the ancient path and shining the Light with prose, poetry, and prayer.”  I believe that we, as spiritual beings, have much to learn from our ancestors who also trusted in something bigger than themselves.  If we fail … Continue reading “Stopping on the Prayer Path”

“Remember me”?

June 23, 2021 In my early years of ministry, I found myself in a life-changing position for all involved.  A teenager and her mother came to me for direction because the single teen (I will call her Beth) was pregnant.  Beth had the support of her mother for whatever decision she made, but it was … Continue reading ““Remember me”?”

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