Walking Along Borders…

14 06 2013

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We walk along the borders of our living,

not really living;

but trusting perceived securities that barriers cloak as promises…

 

But where are our deep longings calling us?

Why do we find ourselves hanging around the borders of our lives?

What is beyond what we cannot see?

Really living?

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What Now?

5 06 2013

Friends Chairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

What now?

now that we’ve come to end of who we think we are?

now that we are exposed –-

souls opened from suffering’s reality and love’s intimacy?

now that we find ourselves, again, on the ground –-

where knowing the earth’s muddy texture has become too common?

What now?

 

We get up again.

Now we begin the journey . . .

now we lean into Love –- letting go of what was . . .

now we fall into what is and what will be . . .

now we allow ourselves to be embraced by Hope

now we relinquish ourselves into Life . . .





Simple Beauty…

16 02 2013

a Pendle Hill (a Quaker study and retreat center near Philadelphia) conifer…DSC_0175





Nature’s Art Work…

5 01 2013

… a sugar maple cross section (Pendle Hill Retreat Center) after a storm…

…clouds in a late afternoon sky  over the  South Carolina foothills…

…a glistening stream in the early morning Shenandoah sun…

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Life’s simple beauty…

2 10 2012

 

Life’s simple beauty – always present…

 

 Sheltering me – creating a womb of sacred space as I pass through worn paths underneath…

 Do I feel the warmth enveloping me?

 

 Gently brushing against my shoulder – loving me in spite of my self-imposed unlovable ethos…

 Am I aware of these tender strokes, pregnant with grace and Truth?

 

 Striking my face abruptly, when I am lost in the concerns and the busyness of my small world…

 Will my numbness blind me from what longs to be found?

 

 Beauty – painting space with hues only imagined – designs unique and inviting;

 “Welcome friend,” whispering evergreens speak. “Welcome to this world of beauty. A world to which you, too, belong!”

 

What else do I not see? What do I not hear?

 





Sanctuary…

24 08 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May you find the Sanctuary you seek…

whatever form it takes…

for whatever reason you seek…

rest…

safety…

longing…

 

 

(Photos: The National Cathedral & Pendle Hill Retreat Center)





Welcoming Slowness…

10 07 2012

 

 

 

Slowness’ presence is elusive at times;

Blurred by the “speed-of-light” living.

 

But if we welcome its spirit…

if we wait and allow ourselves to be still…

if we let it seep into the fibers of our being…

invite it in for a cup of tea…

 

Then we begin to perceive life beyond our vision;

imagination and Spirit begin to play…

deep Truths begin to emerge.

 

We become aware of life around us in ways living harried will not allow:

nature’s silent bursts of fireworks in hues unmatched…

silhouetted designs against life’s palette…

Creator and creation dancing one with the other…

 

(Photo taken at Pendle Hill Retreat Center)