Month: November 2014


resting


The hardest thing about having been raised by alcoholics is the hyper-vigilence inherent in daily life.  It is like having a computer program running 24/7 which drains the computer of speed and memory.  Because parenting is not regulated like food and drugs, many people have been raised by people without...

trimming the bonsai


Yesterday I talked on skype with a new friend late into the night.  He helped me form the tree of my life. Trimming this tree must have been a job.  I have read about, and dabbled in bonsai tree trimming as I have in Ikebana flower arranging.  They both require...

Stewardship Sermon: Amos on Integrity


  The thing I love about real relationships is that they can get fiery.  There are some people in my circle of acquaintances with whom I am always polite and deferential.  But my friends, real “friends” are the only treasure of my life.  Real friends have real hard conversations.  They...

emeralds and truth


Emeralds grow out of quartz crystal. They grow.  I cannot begin to understand it. The bright green emerges from the grey stone and does so in the pressure and fire of the earth on which we walk. And so too, it seems to me, life will make beauty just the...

three poisons


(photo: Three flower prayer ropes on ice -a Thailand flower market) In Buddhism as in Christianity and so many other religious traditions, three of the great poisons in life are craving, aggression and indifference. I have found, however, that when one is awake to one's self, it is painful but...

self-compassion


One of the things one learns in a monastery is that each day and each experience and each person in our lives is playing a role in our conversion into the person God is longing for us to become. That said, the response we have to these influences is still...

“abide with me”


Sometimes when the inside of the cathedral is a bit crazy, I find myself on the roof.  There I find the bees hard at work and I linger, with the lid off one of the hives.  There was a smell I loved - it was a mixture of regal pheromones,...

Intelligences


There are some who are blessed with great intelligence.  Einstein is one, Michelangelo also comes to mind with a different, but just as powerful intelligence.  I have had professors with high intellectual intelligence whose book-learning is profound as is their ability to teach what they know kindly.  I have known...

the story of our lives ’till their end


  In a week's time, there will be an opening of a pottery exhibition at Edge Gallery on the evening of Friday, November 7th in which 20 funeral vases will be displayed along-side prose and poetry relating to life and death, permanence and impermanence, beauty and form, earth, earthenware, stone...