Tag: contemplation

Lessons learned: canning and prayer

I wrote this one several summers ago, and with the onset of canning season, I have returned to it this week.  I find that each summer I can, this prayer practice becomes enhanced with various nuances. With the renovation of our kitchen this past… Continue Reading “Lessons learned: canning and prayer”

sitting still

Sitting still, doing nothing Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. ~Basho    

Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches

It was spring and I finally heard him among the first leaves–– then I saw him clutching the limb in an island of shade with his red-brown feathers all trim and neat for the new year. First, I stood still and thought of nothing.… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches”

Kafka’s Aphorism

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen. Simply wait. Do not even wait. Be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no… Continue Reading “Kafka’s Aphorism”

still your mind

The mornings the words do not come, I know it is time for me to engage in less thinking and more listening. When you pray you are speaking to God, meditate, still your mind, and then you can hear God. Only when your mind… Continue Reading “still your mind”

lessons learned: God’s call as a birdsong

This past week, I was blessed to attend a leadership program through my church conference.  I wasn’t sure what it would hold but I knew I was going into this time open, raw and trusting. Part of the beauty of this event was the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: God’s call as a birdsong”