100 Things I Know #2 – There Must Be Something Larger Than Us

My reading in the Bible’s Psalms this morning contained passages in which the writer described our lives as smoke, and, whether rich or poor, our years as a breath.   Believer and atheist alike can accept this as ancient wisdom, an exercise in perspective. Our experience sets us in the middle of things, as if we …

100 Things I Know #1- Some Things Are Real

Reality, some say, is constructed.   Others claim things are there regardless of our perceptions.   It’s both. Consider the recent Jupiter-Venus conjunction.  Our perception on recent nights is that Jupiter and Venus appear to be very close together, with Venus obviously being the brighter, and thus the larger, planet.  Here from one of NASA's blogs is …

Poetry Tuesday: Make Me A Tower (Don’t Reduce Me)

What if we treated each other like poems?   Things of beauty to be broken apart and experienced instead of commodities to be judged? Here's a piece that I've performed a couple of times, down at the open mic of the Seattle Poetry Slam and then in a worship gathering at the Northwest Church.   …

Acting 101: For All of Us

Here’s what actors do, in one way or another.  Imaginatively, they work to enter the experience of a person, a character, imagining circumstances, beliefs, thought-life, sensory preferences, histories of relationships, and perhaps most importantly, what their particular characters are hungry for, long for, and have been living without.   They then shift their physical and emotional …

Breakthrough

This morning, I wish I was a poet. I'm sitting in the middle of an experience that's hard to describe, and yet, it couldn't be simpler.  To put it into words seems ridiculous. It reminds me of the day my first child was born. It's trying to turn a key in a lock in a …

Thriving and the Now Factor

I was thinking about "thriving" on my way home from the gym yesterday, wondering about how to even begin talking about it.  What in the world is thriving?   The dictionary says this: "to grow or develop well or vigorously."   That resonates, mostly because of my recent adaptation of the word "grow", exchanging it …

Gratitude as Spiritual Practice

Gratitude as spiritual practice can be tricky.  It's a bit like trying to help actors understand the difference in thinking about doing something or pretending to do something, and actually doing something. What are we truly grateful for? For me, gratitude is extremely powerful when you come to the place of awareness where your eyes …