Browsing All posts tagged under »meaning«

On Being and Being Open

July 10, 2018


Written over 20 years ago, this is becoming more and more relevant: TWO THINGS: BEING, AND BEING OPEN. Two Essential Elements in Human Life “What meaning can be found in life in the modern world? So many people today are searching, so many seem lost and no longer have any kind of ethical reference points; […]

meaning and purpose

June 9, 2013


“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” ― Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation “Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to […]

Journaling the Journey

February 21, 2013


I do not write because I understand. I write in order to understand. Writing for me has become a deeply transformational spiritual discipline. For me, it is mapping a journey . . . When I started writing, little did I know what the future had in store . . . a deep and excruciating depression, […]

Introduction to Living with Open Hands

February 21, 2013


“When you die, someone will write your obituary. It will tell readers when and where you were born and what kind of work you did. It may name where you went to school and celebrate some of your achievements and personal qualities. It will identify those who survive you and perhaps say something about what […]

If I loose my grip… will I take flight…?

May 13, 2012


“If I loose my grip… will I take flight…???” (Lyrics from Stange Waters by Bruce Cockburn) We cling and cling and cling… but nothing that we try to grasp… can be grasped. Can we hold the mist? Can we possess the wind? We know that these things cannot be held on to. It seems silly […]

could it be?

February 25, 2012


Suppose… just suppose that life might not be so much about “what’s right” and “what’s wrong” as it is about “what is in the heart”, “what is possible” and “what could be”? Suppose… just suppose that there is more to life than what meets the eye?  THE FAÇADE What if? Life doesn’t unfold in a […]


February 9, 2012


“…Individualistic material progress and the desire to gain prestige by coming out on top have taken over from the sense of fellowship, compassion and community. Now people live more or less on their own in a small house, jealously guarding their goods and planning to acquire more, with a notice on the gate that says, […]

what is meaning?

August 17, 2011


“Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who spent the years 1942-45 in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.  By the end of the war his pregnant wife, his parents and his brother had been murdered; among his immediate family, only he and his sister survived.  After the war he published Man’s Search for Meaning, […]

christmas: unwrapping meaning

January 8, 2011


For many years, I’ve struggled with finding meaning in Christmas. A quick study of the history of the holiday shows a similar struggle around the world; among Christians (the Puritans banned Christmas in Boston in the 1600s) and governments (US Government didn’t recognize it until the late 1700s and it didn’t become a federal holiday […]

the search for wisdom

November 19, 2008


Pro 8:1 Doesn’t wisdom cry out? Doesn’t understanding raise her voice? Pro 8:2 On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she stands. Pro 8:3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entry doors, she cries aloud: Pro 8:10 Receive my instruction rather than silver; Knowledge […]