This morning, a friend of mine posted a crowd-sourced fundraiser for a service trip to Greece to aid Syrian refugees. As I read about his desires and plans for the trip, something in me shifted, like a camera lens coming into focus. I thought, I want to go, I have to go. I had almost forgotten about … Continue reading How should I help?
In regards to this blog, I've had a few more thoughts on the topic... Ancient traditions offer a great deal of guidance and wisdom for spiritual development. As we talked about at the roundtable discussion last week, religions act as technologies, offering tools for connecting to the divine and making sense of the world. I won't … Continue reading What’s the deal with interspirituality? cont.
Last week, I attended a roundtable discussion featuring a Christian sanyasi visiting from Shantivanam, the ashram of the late Father Bede Griffiths. I could probably write about a half dozen blogs from that conversation alone! Some major thinkers from the interspiritual community were there and my poor little brain was on full throttle! More on all … Continue reading What’s the deal with interspirituality?
This morning, my brother, Brendan, called from Los Angeles to tell me about the exciting video shoot he had over the weekend. He operated a camera for a live feed of a school fundraiser. Why was it so exciting, you may ask? Many of the kids who attend this school are children of celebrities and a … Continue reading What is the Golden Shadow?
At today's retreat, a friend offered this question as a writing prompt for the group. After some time of reflection and journaling, everyone came together for sharing. Several people mentioned that they needed discipline. Sticking with a regular meditation practice can be hard! They admitted that they struggle with overcoming laziness in order to establish a … Continue reading What do you most need right now for your spiritual life and practice?
A high school softball and baseball coach once told me his opinion on the difference between coaching boys' teams and girls' teams: "When boys play well, they feel good. When girls feel good, they play well." Right now, I feel like I'm on the girls team. It's just one of those nights when I don't … Continue reading Can I get a reset button, please?
I gave a friend a haircut today. It's amazing how 6 inches and new bangs can really throw a person into a existential turmoil! I tried to be as supportive as possible because, believe me, I get it! It's so weird being a human. I've often felt confused by this mass of flesh I inhabit. What … Continue reading Why am I in this body?
I have been burning the candle at both ends lately. I'm on my fourth week of no days off and that run culminates with a big event I'm holding tonight (check it out on livestream here!) I have a checklist running through my brain and I am aware of a buzzy feeling pulsing, rising and … Continue reading How does one get through a day like this?
This past weekend, Leo and I were asked if our house would take in someone who was in need of a place to stay until they could get onto their feet after a rough time. After a bit of discussion with housemates, we said yes. We're lucky enough to have a big downstairs common room … Continue reading How can I help?
You know what Leo said to me the other day? "You like learning more than you like knowing." Truer words have never been spoken to me! It's like the cookie dough I made today. Making the dough is so much fun - like being a mad scientist in a lab, a sprinkle of this, a … Continue reading What’s the plan, Stan?