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MAKING FUN

It dawned on me recently that all my commitments, convictions, and cares have piled up and hardened up and gotten in the way of me having as much fun as I used to. I mean, I’m still looking for a…

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MEET YOU THERE

For years, since first encountering it, I’ve loved the beautiful Rumi saying: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” The concept is so touching and inspiring — the possibility of relationships that…

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FOR PROPHET

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” - John Muir Travis and I went to see a documentary at the Guild last week: John Muir, Unruly Mystic. The…

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SHINE ON

Meister Eckhart, 13th-century mystic, wrote: All beings are words of God. God’s music, God’s art. Sacred books we are, for the Infinite camps in our souls. Every act reveals God and expands God’s Being. I know that may be hard…

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RENEWABLE

The world can be terribly discouraging. Systemic injustice, institutionalized inequality, corruption and greed, lies and spin and manipulation are a freakin’ drag and drain. Most people I know, myself included, are feeling run-down and spent these days. Some of this…

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UP TO KNOW GOOD

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ” - Søren Kierkegaard I’ve always prayed. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a conversation with Life…

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TRUE MAGIC

When I was little, I wished so hard to discover that I had secret magical powers.  This was long before the Harry Potter series was written, but the beginning of that story captured pretty much exactly what I dreamed throughout…

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CLEAN PLATE

I love a good burning bowl ceremony, especially around the beginning of the year. The prospect of purging all undesirable attitudes and conditions is really attractive — write that stuff down and set it on fire! Such dramatic ritual can…

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