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 …