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A STORY OF SPIRIT: Sister Perpetual Hope (Part 2 of 3)

“We would rather be ruined than changed” W.H. Auden. Sister Hope, as most called her, was always inscrutable to me; I felt much of her joy and most of her suffering, but something about her always remained a mystery after all. I came to know a few things about her, like her “real” name was […]

A STORY OF SPIRIT: Sister Perpetual Hope (Part 1 of 3)

Note: I’m on Retreat at home and have just completed the below which I’m moved to post here. It’s about 3000 short words in length, so I’ll post it here in three parts to make the task more surmountable for those like me, who like to indulge their reading in short bursts! 🙂 In truth, […]

(64) LIVING HERE: Where Life Lives

HERE, WHERE LIFE LIVES We need not rush out – Life is afoot with itself. It rushes in, takes us here with immediate wonder incessant grace. Light fairly splashes in even the tiniest holes. There is delight in simple being we are home here, where life lives.

(63) LIVING HERE: Love’s the Only Answer

I was nibbling on a little “Thomas Merton” this morning and he inspired the poem below. But first, here’s some of what he said way back in 1962 that’s even more appropriate to living today: “News becomes merely a new noise in the mind, briefly replacing the noise that went before it and yielding to […]

(62) LIVING HERE: A Constant Discovering

THE SUREST WAY TO DISCOVER TRUTH IS TO STOP RESISTING IT Jean Klein: The Ease of Being Indeed, this discovery is a moment-to-moment thing – a willing engagement even when sometimes we hesitate to love, to be, just exactly where we are. Love, and be well! *** Hi and thank you to my NDL Subscribers […]

(62) LIVING HERE: This Sunny Little Sunny Spot

THIS SUNNY LITTLE SUNNY SPOT I am not an old man, not young it’s true. I am not the man I used to think I knew. I am a bird on a branch high up an apple tree. I sing this song to you, I sing this song to me. The sun light meets the […]

(61) LIVING HERE: This Alone Is.

THIS IS… This world is not our beautiful ideas about it; It is and we are, primal awareness of these ideas, feelings and sensations we could call our “body/mind consciousness.” This is one non-personal awareness intimately, abundantly, infinitely, lovingly, enjoying itself. This IS.

LIVING HERE: A Delight In Silence

Overheard today, something about silence, kinda 🙂 “The truly wise man is he who is not continuously involved in the process of accumulation, but is usually free of such a process, so that he is relaxed and spontaneously open to whatever the moment brings. Whatever comes from that silence is spontaneous and not based on […]

LIVING HERE: A Few Choice Words

“Everywhere joy in relation and nowhere grasping; world in abundance and earth enough.” Rainer Maria Rilke

(58) LIVING HERE: A Deepening In Freedom

A DEEPENING IN FREEDOM About three years ago, I was having dinner with a CEO friend who was talking adamantly about his daily dilemmas and their attendant conflicts and uncertainties. He kept waving his loaded fork at us to punctuate his ongoing frustrations. At one point, he paused, sighed and said, with an accustomed smiley […]