Healing Rhythms

There are a myriad of things that can throw us into a season of grief – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a frightening medical diagnosis, a wounded relationship, relocation to a new community, the loss of a pet, and transitions of all shapes and sizes. For about a year now, Inner Ground has created space for folks to tend the grief they are carrying. Through our Healing Rhythms program, we tap into the ancient …

The Magic of Beginnings

And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. – Meister Eckhart

Anticipation

I spend some time each month with my spiritual midwife, Marjorie. I could write for days about the gifts that I’ve received from my time with her. As we sat together last week, she voiced a prayer of blessing over my life. The words that she chose captured the essence of the Advent waiting-days we are in right now. They were all familiar words that I’ve grown accustomed to both hearing and speaking during this season. But when I heard …

Gratitude

I’m currently working my way through the Psalms, reading one a day in a quasi-Lectio Divina style. I’m using The Message by Eugene Peterson since the stark contrast to the familiar poetry I grew up hearing stirs my imagination. As I read a psalm, I listen for a short phrase or word that resonates with me and jot it down in my journal. Then I spend a few minutes reflecting on it.  Today I read Psalm 79 and this phrase …

Mothering Retreat

This week, my oldest child celebrates her 29th birthday! In some ways it seems like just last month that she was a barefoot toddler. In other ways, I’m keenly aware of the long journey we’ve been on since that early October morning in 1988. The mothering journey is like a winding mountain stream. It continues to flow and change through the years. Attempting to navigate each stage of the journey in a healthy and life-giving way is challenging. Next February, …

Healing Rhythms

Healing Rhythms is an offering that combines contemplation and expressive arts. Through the ancient practice of drumming, participants are invited to welcome and be present to the grief they are carrying. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces a feeling of well-being. Our desire is for this circle to be a healing space; one that practices both welcoming and releasing. We have settled into a quarterly offering of Healing Rhythms. We’ll gather this Sunday, …

Creative Soul Kindling

Ally Markotich is one of my soul-sisters. She and I met in the spring of 2013 in a class offered through the Spirituality program at Columbia Theological Seminary. The connection was immediate. Her energy and passion is life-giving for those around her. She is playful and joyful and possesses a depth of spirit that is graced with wisdom and peace. She is a person who sees and looks for the sacred all around her. She is a gifted artist and …

The Abundance Project

This journey with Inner Ground has gifted me with amazing traveling companions. Rachel Hutto and I met late last year when we both participated in a dinner and dialogue gathering around J. Phillip Newell’s book, The Rebirthing of God (great book, by the way!). Rachel is a professional counselor here in Greensboro who specializes in Somatic Psychotherapy – an approach that taps into the body’s capacity for healing. She has recently launched Be Still Counseling. Her vision for Be Still …

Minimalism and Lent

Netflix is currently showing, Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things. Though a lot of air time was given to young millennial men who had walked away from corporate jobs and embraced living out of a backpack or in a tiny house, there was a small portion of the film that drew the circle a bit wider. We saw a glimpse of one young family with two children and several couples who were all attempting to live a simple life …

Practicing Presence

The Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, said that “spiritual practice is not about an idea or concept of God. It is about seeking the experience of presence.” On a recent Sunday evening, I sat quietly in a space heavy with memories waiting for the ordination service for my daughter to begin. The sanctuary was filled with people who were part of our tribe – those folks who helped Phil and I raise Lesley-Ann. In the silence, I glanced to my right …