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Going Steady With Buddhism

Going Steady With Buddhism

"Life" Issues, affirmation/s, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Buddhism, Challenge, Change, Christianity, contemplation, critical judgment, God, inner peace, liberation, meditation, Mystery, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, The Divine, Uncategorized, way of life
What follows is strictly and exclusively based on my experience and should in no way or to any extent whatsoever be interpreted as normative for others. I am speaking of and for myself here, no one else. Nor should anything I say be interpreted as a critique of Christianity, the tradition I was raised in and that I followed for about 55 of my 70 years. Whatever critique I have of Christianity is strictly and exclusively a critique of Christianity in relation to my thought, life, and experience, no one else’s. That said … I am pretty sure I am in the process – it is a process – of becoming a practicing Buddhist. I have been flirting around the edges of Buddhism for some time, studying Buddhist texts, reading books by, e.g., Alan Watts, D. T. Suzuki, Thich Nhat Hanh, et al. And all t
Tuesdays Thoughts: an Artful Response to 2 Corinthians

Tuesdays Thoughts: an Artful Response to 2 Corinthians

Letters of Paul, meditation, reflection, Scripture
Haiku You are the ones who⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Placed boundaries around love⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Rejecting God's prophets Commentary Based on reading 2 Corinthians 6-7 written by Paul to the Corinthian Church. This commentary is really a brief meditation/reflection from the queer church to the straight church, especially in United Methodist land. I'd like to draw special attention to 2 Corinthian 6:3-10 3 We don’t give anyone any reason to be offended about anything so that our ministry won’t be criticized. 4 Instead, we commend ourselves as ministers of God in every way. We did this with our great endurance through problems, disasters, and stressful situations. 5 We went through beatings, imprisonments, and riots. We experienced hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger. 6 We displayed purity, know
Reflecting on Sacred Responses to Trauma

Reflecting on Sacred Responses to Trauma

meditation, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I've been thinking that I'm in a time of transition. The church is weird. My job is weird. Things are sliding and changing. I think that I'm going to refocus my thoughts here on art and trauma. Beginning today! Daily Haiku Ever watchful She perches gracefully A throne of thistleI did this watercolor painting yesterday inspired by @dearannart on Instagram. As I did it, I was processing physical pain. One of my ribs was twisted a little bit and it was setting my rotator cuff on my left side on fire. This had been going on for a bunch of days. I am used to almost always being in pain but I was ready to be done with it. When I was painting, the pain receded and I didn’t think about it anymore. And I didn’t consciously NOT think about it anymore. This painting took a while for