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 …