love

Love Is Not about Power or Control

So much about the concept of being “saved” by a divine being must include the recognition that the saving does not happen once. On the spiritual path, which is the path of the warrior, we must recognize we are saved again and again and again. We don’t know things. We walk through a passage of confusion, of toil. And then we emerge, and we know better, and we live in […]

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The Most Blessed Person Alive

“Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are the pure of heart. For they will be thankful.” –SexyJesus, Bible Remix   I wake up in the mornings feeling like the most blessed person alive. That is not ego talking. That is not me saying I’m better than anyone else. I don’t know that I actually¬†am¬†the most blessed person alive. I just feel that way. Others may not look at me […]

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Don’t Try to Save Anybody

Once, I slept over my mother’s house and did yoga in her guest bedroom and walked to the bed and said out loud, “I need a savior.” I was looking for it in the form of a man. A man with money. A man who would calm all my fears. A man who would make it all better. A man who would right the wrongs of the past, who would […]

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The Soft Animal of Your Body

“Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” –Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.” –This guy Paul, formerly Saul, in a letter to people a long time ago   What are we going […]

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An Offering Instead of a Gift

Most people consider themselves unworthy. They may not admit this to themselves. They may never say it out loud, or even know they feel this way. But when it comes to the opportunity to receive, they put up their hands, they turn away, they back out. Because for so long, we’ve only been taught what it’s like to take. Doesn’t the Catholic mass, in preparation for breaking bread and joining […]

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