Thursday, August 13
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Tag: sabbath

TGIF: Gratitude for a Sabbatical

TGIF: Gratitude for a Sabbatical

Gratitude, spiritual practice
It's time. The big transition is here. And, of course, life is complicated because that's life. Yet I want to stop and listen for a while. I don't get to stop entirely for 30 days like the Jesuits do. Housework needs doing, repairs need repairing, business needs starting, dogs need training, and Mom's stuff needs shipping. So I decided to take a sabbatical. Sabbatical is a period to rest and rejuvenate during a major cycle of life. For me this cycle is the end of school and the beginning of what is next. It is also about my age. I am 45 and I just lost my mother. I most likely have more years behind me than ahead. It's a different perspective on life. So from now until October 3rd I am going to slow down, indulge my ponderiness, and listen to the depths of the cosmos. I don't know ex...
TGIF: Gratitude for the Grünewald Guild

TGIF: Gratitude for the Grünewald Guild

Gratitude
I am excited! I first went to the Grünewald Guild two+ years ago and loved it! They are located in a beautiful area just east of the Cascades from Seattle in a rural area. I was there for the fourth of July and we had a wonderful waterworks display. (One does not set off fireworks in the forest in July. That would be insane.) I enjoyed walks by the river and through the woods and fresh homemade meals with new friends at the table. Best of all though, and I do mean the very best, was learning to do mandalas from Carla McConnell. And the reason I am so stoked today is that I just registered for my second trip to the Guild and my second class with Carla. It's a post-graduation treat and I am so grateful! The mission of the Grünewald Guild is to welcome and inspire all who seek to explore the...
Looking for a Place to Belong

Looking for a Place to Belong

Challenge, Change, Christianity, Church, community, Grace, Grief, Healing, Hope, humor, inclusive, Longing, praying with poetry, Rituals, sabbath, solitude, spiritual practices, Spirituality
I seek sacred space. I need sanctuary. I crave community. There was a time I believed I could find all those things in church. It's been a long time since I've tried, and I'm not sure why. I picked up a book a few weeks ago called Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe for my Amazon Kindle. I've been reading books like this lately trying to figure out what it is that's keeping me from going back. Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church and Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing are helping me not by giving me the answers I'm looking for, but by reminding me that I'm not alone with my questions. Rachel Held Evans and Reba Riley are millennials by age, but I find I have more in common with them than I would expect as I'm almo...