Processes and Small Circles

Processes and Small Circles

Frog Eggs in the Pond used with permission by Douglas James Studios It must be the season, or the year. This snowless winter I was part of three retreats, one per month, about finding the grace in darkness even while leaning toward the light, about the essential...
Gratitude

Gratitude

Photo by Joy Houck Bauer How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of … the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? … One must live in the middle of contradiction,...
On this Threshold Singing

On this Threshold Singing

As is our annual practice, some of us gathered at the Meditation Shelter in the night of December 31 for a time of quiet, bringing whatever was in our hearts.  Once again we walked through a moon-bathed forest to the Shelter, aglow in candlelight and warmed by the...
Holy Days

Holy Days

The retreat we hold annually during Advent and the days leading up to the winter solstice is named for a gift, one among many, that of story. Planning it, I was drawn to the idea that while in the northern hemisphere the winter solstice marks the beginning of the...
The Gifted Darkness

The Gifted Darkness

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. –Mary Oliver At dawn my small dining room window framed a patch of gauzy coral cloud pierced by a morning star. As I watched, light wafted from the...