Author: lana1967

What Am I Waiting For?

What Am I Waiting For?

Spirituality
I spent the entire week taking in words and images that fed the hunger inside to create. It got greater and greater, until tonight when it became time to sit down and write this blog post. Hmph. Figures, huh? So what happened? I got quiet within myself and just waited. I kept waiting until something came. I had to laugh when it did. Sunday is the first day of Advent. What is Advent about? Preparing yourself and waiting until something or Someone comes. I just looked at Wikipedia, and it calls Advent "expectant waiting." Was that what I've been doing all week? Expectant waiting? Reading the blogs and stalking the people on Facebook who seem to have gotten it already? Following the images of something greater than I could ever create, thinking, "Wow, if only...I wish I could...God, please
Lectio Divina–Inspiration Sunday

Lectio Divina–Inspiration Sunday

Spirituality
I've long been fascinated with the concept of lectio divina (divine reading) of sacred texts as a means of becoming closer to God and learning more about the Scriptures. Lectio divina was established as a monastic practice by the Benedictines in the 6th century and was formalized into a 4-step process by Guigo II, a Carthusian monk, in the 12th century. Its 4 parts--reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating--do not have to be used on Christian scriptures, though. All faiths can use this way of reading their own texts or even books that don't have any "spiritual" connotation. Do you love to read current fiction? Read it with a lectio divina mindset. You may be surprised at where you find God's presence. How about poetry? Even the most "secular" of poets has a creative spirit, which

The Wounded Healer

Human Condition, Spirituality
"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion."--Buddha "The doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals."--Carl Jung "When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing." Rabindranath Tagore   Chiron the Centaur in Greek mythology was wounded by an arrow poisoned by a Hydra. In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others. In teaching others healing arts, he found comfort for his own pain. Jung believed that a "malady of the soul" was the best training a healer could receive. Going through the same pain teaches the Wounded Healer empathy and connects the healer and "patient" spiritually. This connection transforms and heals