ARTSpressions

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God. – Mary Daly A new program offering is taking shape at Inner Ground. Something we’re calling ARTSpressions. I like to describe it as a messy, greening, vibrant, playful, soul-nourishing feast. We select a theme – our first one was incarnation – and then we gather a group of folks around the table and invite conversation and creative expression on that theme. We did a little …

Silence, Space and Prayer Shawls

“Our inner lives are lives for others.” – Henri Nouwen Silence, space and prayer shawls – the gifts from a weekend retreat at Pelican House at Trinity Center. How fitting that pelicans are associated with going inward and practicing stillness. On this sacred beachfront property, even the house speaks its welcome and invitation to a time of deep reflection and renewal. Our gathering of women came from scattered directions in NC. We arrived at Pelican House, some friends, some strangers, …

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 …