spirituality and faith

The Perfect Offering

  Forget your perfect offering. –Leonard Cohen   We don’t always know how to walk through the world with open hands. In fact, what we’ve been taught from a young age is that in order to be strong, in order to find success in this life, we need to be prepared with rounded fists. We’re told that’s where the power lies. That we need to punch the air, control, dominate, […]

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The Garden of Your Heart

SexyJesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” –Matthew 10-11   If you are like me, you may have grappled in this lifetime with vegetarianism. Or veganism. Wanting your body to be healthy. Wanting to take care of your temple and do no harm. When I […]

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The Second Coming

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere    The ceremony of innocence is drowned….                                                 William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” I can’t explain it, so maybe I shouldn’t even try. But I love trying to put words to wordless rhythms of the soul. It’s the only art […]

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Fight Like Hell

I met a really good man on a really weird day in my life. He was giving me advice, and he was kind enough not to charge me for it. I noticed he was wearing a ring with a gold cross, so I asked him about his faith. “You gotta fight like hell,” he said, “and then leave the rest to Him.” I laughed and thought about what he said. […]

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Dance Your Way to Happiness

  When I was in Paris, France, this past summer, in the Church of Mary Magdalene in the Opera district, I walked in and began to dance. It was Bastille Day, only I didn’t realize that until later. The energy of freedom was in the air, and when I heard the organ, there was nothing I could do put take off my shoes and move. I have never danced like […]

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