Spiritual growth is like childbirth. You dilate, then you contract. You dilate, then you contract again. As painful as it all feels, it’s the necessary rhythm for reaching the ultimate goal of total openness. The pain of childbirth is more bearable as we realize where it’s leading ~ Marianne Williamson
Wendell Berry, The Real Work
Wendell Berry, American author whose nature poetry, novels of America’s rural past, and essays on ecological responsibility grew from his experiences as a farmer. Berry was educated at the University of Kentucky, Lexington (B.A., 1956; M.A., 1957). He later taught at Stanford and New York
Make of yourself a light - Martha Beck
I’ve heard from so many of you in recent days, weeks and months about how we can get by during a period when the news from the world feels cruel and dangerous. I wanted to talk to you directly about the helplessness many of us feel at such times. The Buddha’s last words were, “Make of yourself a light.” As a tribe, it’s my wish that we may all be lights for ourselves and each other in times that feel dark.
The Figure: A Hesitant Reflection on Spiritual Experience
The Figure Eleven years ago something strange happened to me. I think of it especially this time of year as both Christmas and my daughter’s birthday draw near. I have only told a few folks about the encounter, but it has been enormously grounding for me for my daughter’s entire life. I cannot and…
Spirit from Material
Spirit from Material William Stafford, Deborah Landau, et al., on extracting things intangible from the substance of the real world: ‘Spirit from Material’ “ [Image: “Spirits in the Material World,...