Loving Regard

Loving Regard

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. —Mary Oliver Once again, Valentine’s Day is here and if you’re...
Shine One Corner

Shine One Corner

I am struck at the instruction to live as a light to others that occurs across so many traditions of spirituality. It is such a powerful command and one I come back to again and again. I was especially reminded of it this past Sunday, listening to the readings at...
The Buddha’s Last Instruction

The Buddha’s Last Instruction

The Buddha’s Last Instruction by Mary Oliver “Make of yourself a light” said the Buddha, before he died. I think of this every morning as the east begins to tear off its many clouds of darkness, to send up the first signal—a white fan streaked with pink and violet,...
We the Indivisible

We the Indivisible

“The only constant i am sure of is this accelerating rate of change.” Peter Gabriel, Downside Up Just when we get our metaphorical ducks in a row, the universe winds up and sends change our way. Sometimes for good, sometimes we just have a little wobble...
Snowed In!

Snowed In!

Portland is experiencing a “Weather Event”, again. This time there’s up to a foot of snow around the city. Seattle has loaned us snowplows and crew to run them. People are strongly considering if it is time to salt the roads, which has been a no-go...