The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice-- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do… Read More

Joy Awaits

Dear God I surrender this situation to you. May it be used for your purpose.  I ask only that my heart be open to give love and to receive love.  May all results unfold according to your will.  Amen This is one of the sweetest prayers I know.  It is the prayer of faith, which… Read More

On Grief

On Grief

Blessed be to all who are in the experience of loss. The follow is an excerpt from The Smell of Rain on Dust by Martin Prechtel: Like rennet, which converts what even a calf can’t digest in his own mother’s milk into a delicious life-giving cheese or like yeasts that are always in the air… Read More

On Presence

On Presence

Presence is praise for what is right in front of us and what is always right in front us an expression of the Divine. Therefore presence is in a sense a sustained state of worship.  The Buddhists refer to it as open-eyed meditation. Presence heals.  Presence uplifts.  Presence is available if you choose… Read More

Animal and Insect Helpers

In Balinese culture there is awareness that the Divine speaks to us humans through symbols.  Symbolically the Divine may communicate to us through the animal and insect kingdoms.  This is recognized not only in Bali, but also in many indigenous and native cultures.  In Bali monkeys are highly honored for their playfulness, community, and curiosity. … Read More

Symbols Support Remembrance

Recently I was in Bali.  One thing that I love and appreciate about Balinese culture is the daily rituals and ceremonies that celebrate the Divine. Although, I believe the Divine is everywhere…in all things and in every moment, I have a tendency to associate and recognize the Divine more easily when it is in symbolic… Read More