Category Archives: Who Are We?

India Journal 2010 Part I – Stopping to Take a Closer Look at Who We Are

I remember some years back coming across the statement, “Stop the world, I want to get off.” In a sense, I feel that way at the moment. I definitely have left behind my “normal” world, and stepped into a small haven entirely at odds with much of what I encounter on a daily basis. Continue reading

Posted in India Journals 2010, Who Are We? | Tagged ,

We Have Forgotten Who We Are

On the same morning this past week that I read the above lines from Mary Oliver’s poem, “Invitation,” I had an extraordinary chance to practice her suggestion for living more attentive to the natural world around me. In fact several months ago, I began a new spiritual practice of daily reading a poem from one of Oliver’s books for just that purpose. Continue reading

Posted in Who Are We? | Tagged , , ,

Just Love: Who We Are As Sexual Beings – Part III

In 1455, a Roman Catholic Pope, named Nicolas, issued what is known as a “papal bull” authorizing Portuguese explorers “to invade, search out, capture, vanquish and subdue all Saracens and pagans” encountered along the west coast of Africa, enslave them, and confiscate their property. I learned this through an article sent to me this past week Continue reading

Posted in Who Are We? | Tagged , , , , ,

Just Love: Who We Are As Sexual Beings-Part II

In this post, I want to continue exploring some of the issues arising from our identity as sexual beings in the context of the new Universe Story. My interest in working with these issues at present is motivated in part by the ongoing debate around abortion in this country (and others, as I learned on my recent trip to Kenya). Continue reading

Posted in Who Are We? | Tagged , , , ,

Just Love: Who We Are As Sexual Beings – Part I

Prior to a recent trip to Kenya, I had decided that it was time to begin to consider in my reflections on this blog the topic of sexual ethics. I boarded the plane for my trip prepared to begin to draft my next post on this topic. This desire, in part, was prompted by the recent news reports Continue reading

Posted in Who Are We? | Tagged , , , ,

The Stuff of Who We Are

Many years ago, as I sought a more balanced perspective and practice in my spiritual life than I previously had acquired through my Christian upbringing, I turned to Taoist tradition. This was my first foray into Eastern spiritualities. Eventually, it helped me to gain a further appreciation of the Christian mystical tradition….A strain in this mystical thought and practice with which I still struggle is the notion of asceticism, or “letting go of self” implied in much of these writings Continue reading

Posted in Who Are We? | Tagged ,