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All Things are Passing

As I sit down to my reflection this week, I am learning of new restrictions within my living situation.  In a compound with over 200 residents and a large number of employees that come in everyday, we are being guarded in our protection from the pandemic. We are prudent to take such measures.  Nevertheless, theContinue reading “All Things are Passing”

Newness Within

It has become a tradition in my house to spend a good portion of December 31st in meditation.  We schedule 5 or 6 meditation hours with at least one hour in between, the first hour to begin the day at 7am, and the last to end the year in meditation, ending at midnight. This exerciseContinue reading “Newness Within”

Remembrances . . .

However you spend the day, may you experience deep Peace, immense Joy, and enduring Hope.

Love . . . to be seen

In my Advent reading this year, I found an essay about Christmas by Harper Lee.  While working in New York, she spent the holidays with friends, a family with children. “Christmas to me was only a memory of old loves and empty rooms, something I buried with the past that underwent a vague aching  resurrectionContinue reading “Love . . . to be seen”

Whispers of Light

As we approach the Winter Solstice, the darkness becomes a resting place, an invitation to look inward. Advent in the Christian tradition is about waiting with hope. Here where I am, in New York, the sun begins to fade at 4:30pm, by 5pm the windows have turned dark, and I need a light on toContinue reading “Whispers of Light”

The Power of Art

A few days ago, it came to my mind that this doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving holiday for me.  And then I immediately asked myself,  “What do I think Thanksgiving should feel like?”  The things that come to mind for me are family, big dinners, good food, happy celebrations of gratitude for what has come toContinue reading “The Power of Art”

Move That Body

When one day seems to be like the one before, and the one before that, and there is no end in sight, . . . I turn to Rumi, a 13th Century poet, for advice . . . “Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle ofContinue reading “Move That Body”

Be Still, and Know. . .

Lately, I have been thinking of Psalm 46, even before it showed up on Monday in my daily readings.  It is a powerful psalm of God’s abiding presence and protection.  We need not fear . . .    It has been an encouraging meditation for me during these days of uncertainty and exhaustion.  As I prayedContinue reading “Be Still, and Know. . .”

Our Common Humanity

I’ve been reflecting on the events of the week. So many different emotions, but one persistent truth. . . we are all in this together. I was living in Kenya in 2007 as the Kenyan people prepared for elections in December.  There was a great energy of expectant “change.”  Then when the votes were almostContinue reading “Our Common Humanity”

Water Fall

I created this painting as a reflection on multiple perspectives. I had recently reflected on an experience, and I remembered it in two very different ways. Both memories were true for me, but they brought up different feelings and thoughts. Being able to hold both memories or thoughts at the same time gave me aContinue reading “Water Fall”

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