Tuesday, March 9

Tag: Fire

My True Desire

My True Desire

sabbath, spiritual practice
I have to admit it. In my community, I sometimes get frustrated with people who want to always DO stuff. What they don't realize is that my vocation consists of doing things for people all. the. time. I'm a chaplain. And I'm a pastor. And I run a volunteer organization. And I'm a teacher.  And I'm a parent. And a spouse. And this...and that... All the co-identities that pull at my core consist of doing identities. This doing-ness is different from busy-ness. It is definitely focused on creating moments of grace, love, mercy, and justice in the here and now. But sometimes, I admit it, I want less doing-ness and more being-ness. This became apparent to me recently when I was meeting with my small group and the question arose, "What do you need?" We were meeting outside on a beautiful fall d...

Thoughtful Thursday – Simmering

Photography, Quote, spiritual practice
"Not acting on our habitual patterns is only the first step toward not harming others or ourselves. The transformative process begins at a deeper level when we contact the rawness we’re left with whenever we refrain. As a way of working with our aggressive tendencies, Dzigar Kongtrül teaches the nonviolent practice of simmering. He says that rather than “boil in our aggression like a piece of meat cooking in a soup,” we simmer in it. We allow ourselves to wait, to sit patiently with the urge to act or speak in our usual ways and feel the full force of that urge without turning away or giving in. Neither repressing nor rejecting, we stay in the middle between the two extremes, in the middle between yes and no, right and wrong, true and false. This is the journey of developing a kindhearted ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11

Photography, prayer, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. For some of us today is a mixed bag of emotions. We hurt deeply for those who lost their lives and those who lost their loved ones. We mourn the nearly 3000 who died that day. We are humbled by the bravery of the first responders. We continue to grieve with our neighbors in the loss of our national innocence - our false sense of constant safety. As we think of the way New York and D.C. responded as churches, synagogues and temples opened their doors to ALL people, as strangers carried each other out of buildings, as those who had shared with those who had lost - as we remember the bravery of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 our pride wells up in us. Yet, we struggle t...