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 …

God’s Beating Heart

God’s Beating Heart By Monica Hix, Spirituality Program participant As the oldest of four children and a type-A person, I have lived a life of doing and accomplishing. I learned early on that it was the path to gaining affirmation and strokes from those I loved. It even spilled over into my spiritual life. I’ve often described myself as getting out in front of God; racing ahead and taking care of stuff. So much so that I actually miss out …

Desert Life

Kathleen Norris writes beautifully about life on the Great Plains in her book, Dakota. I tucked that book in my carry-on bag and brought it with me to the desert. I’m here at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico as part of a 13-day pilgrimage to the Desert Southwest. “Be in the desert, and let the desert bloom.” (pg. 22) The landscape here is strikingly different from my lush, green North Carolina home. In this harsh terrain, I’m discovering the …