From May, 2020

A Call to Wake the Sleeper

Jesus’ Sayings Read as Zen Koans ____________________________________________________________________             This problem is easily recognized by Zen Buddhism. It is for this reason that Zen does not ask the practitioner to earn their own enlightenment, for how can enlightenment come from the self when the self lies sleeping in the vale of illusion? Rather, the practitioner is…

When You Speak…

 When you speak to me about your deepest questions, you do not want to be fixed or saved: you want to be seen and heard, to have your truth acknowledged and honored. __________ So what do we do in a circle of trust? […] We speak our own truth; we listen receptively to the truth of others; we ask each other honest, open questions instead of giving counsel; and we offer each other the healing and empowering gifts of silence and laughter.  _______ Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness PART I Community is an ambivalent word. To me, the real kind,…

At the Deepest

A group of us have been participating in a 9-week discussion on human meaning for my husband’s seminary coursework. We each chose a book to read as a launching point to consider some human-meaning experiences, often through suffering, and we were each asked to complete a project. Mine is in the form of a letter…

Navigating Through Meaning

Humans are symbol-making, symbol-using, and most importantly, symbol-needing creatures. Our capacity to engage life symbolically is what creates our cultures and ultimately, what makes us human; however, it is also this capacity that makes life an uncharted quest for meaning that few are taught to navigate. Why is it that humans seek marriage, reputation, outward…