Practice: A great way to start the day

1) Thank the past – all the great stuff that my unconscious was chewing on during the night. “May you, dear unconscious, find just the right way to bring these goodies across into my waking life!” 2) Experience the present.  Feel your body in the present moment.  Notice what you notice: what parts of yourContinue reading “Practice: A great way to start the day”

On Being an Asshole

Krista Tippett. hosts a weekly interview program on public radio called “On Being”, in which she hosts all kinds of spiritually or philosophically of psychologically “deep” people – people who the Asheville tribe who regularly listen to this show might describe as “very evolved souls”, or some shit like that.  Ms. Tippett herself is obviouslyContinue reading “On Being an Asshole”

The little tin dictator of the parking lot

Steve (I don’t know the real name of this asshole and have no interest in knowing it)  manages the parking lot for the “Basilica of St.Lawrence” Catholic Church behind our seniors apartment building.  The Basilica is a genuine landmark and a very beautiful structure. Steve is a true asshole.  He totally fits the definition ofContinue reading “The little tin dictator of the parking lot”

“Imagine my surprise…”

On November 3rd, Amy Steinberg – our wonderful-dynamic-exciting-musically-rocking new Jubilee minister, who we all knew before we interviewed her was a prominent lesbian leader back in California – was speaking from the pulpit on a Sunday. I do think it was in a moment of happy, enthused spontaneity rather than from a prepared script, thatContinue reading ““Imagine my surprise…””

Kazoos and bamboozlement

Today Cathryn Davis, amazing and charismatic long-distance Jubilee Minister of Movement, gave a fabulous guest sermon and told us how, at their social justice actions in Charleston, they all have kazoos – and when they are being heckled from the side with someone who is preaching against abortion or of the elegant beauty of MAGAmindContinue reading “Kazoos and bamboozlement”

“Grounding like a lily pad…”

A couple of months ago, earlier in my process of getting used to being a mystic, I took some real satisfaction from trying to reassure people that I wasn’t manic by telling them how I was employing an ancient Tibetan meditation technique – which in Tibet they call “Grounding like a motherfucker.” I would proceedContinue reading ““Grounding like a lily pad…””