Creating a vision for the year

A collage representing things you would like to be or attract to your life goes by the name of vision board or treasure map. It’s a good project to mark the beginning of the year. It’s also more fun when you make one in the company of friends. Our group has extended the visioning process over several…

A practice for Advent

Christmas decorations started appearing in stores before Halloween. The leaves had barely started turning color when we were getting assaulted by visions of retail sugarplums. Now, it’s the beginning of December and the start of Advent. We’re not quite on final approach to Christmas, but having passed the first Sunday of Advent, it’s a good…

How you spend your time is how you spend your life

Here today, gone tomorrow. Really, it’s gone instantaneously. What am I talking about? Time. We act like we have forever ahead of us, which isn’t the case. Because we don’t know how much time is left and we don’t treasure it like the precious, non-renewable resource that it is. The older I get, the more that…

Wrapped in love

On Tuesday night, my spirituality group presented our first completed prayer shawl to a group member who has been dealing with the death of one loved one and coping with the illness of another. Given that her family members live in other parts of the country, Kris will miss a month of meetings. We wanted her…

Calling the circle

Having a gym membership doesn’t make you fit. Going to a garage doesn’t make you a car. Attending church doesn’t make you religious. For many people, religion is a significant aspect of their identity,  representing the group with which they feel kinship and the people with whom they spend time. Religion can provide a path that helps…

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: A midsummer morning’s dream

Maybe it’s the influence of reading Gothic literature during the first week of summer school… Or a byproduct of wandering streets in a quirky, historical town… Or perhaps, the after-effects of completing a circuit on the labyrinth (it was at a divinity school, after all)… I’ll give my granddaughters credit. Their beliefs have cast a spell,…