“May the deep blessings of earth be with us.
May the fathomless soundings of seas surge in our soul.
May boundless stretches of the universe echo in our depths
to open us to wonder
to strengthen us for love
to humble us with gratitude
that we may find ourselves in one another
that we may lose ourselves in gladness
that we give ourselves to peace.”
-John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan) 44.
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: The Regions of Kindness
March 23, 2020
‘Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.”
–Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: The Unexpected Gifts of Patience
March 27, 2020
“To slow down is to be taken into the soul of things.”
-Terry Tempest Williams
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Honor and be Present to Stillness
March 30, 2020
“Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness.
This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.”
-Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Our Interconnectedness with all Creation
April 2, 2020
“There is no difference between
healing your body and healing the Earth
or helping another to heal.
It is all the same Body.
There is no difference between
healing Earth’s body and healing your own
or helping another to heal.
We are all the One Body.
Begin with one tree, or a bird.
Begin with your own heart or skin, clean out your liver, clear your mind.
Begin with the growth of a child, your family’s food.
Then continue to include one small part of the time.
You will be healing the Whole.”
-Alla Renee Bozarth, The Book of Bliss
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Featuring Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
April 6, 2020
“Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people—it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others. Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other. It is not about the presence of other people—it is about being fully open to the reality of relationship, whether or not we are alone.”
-Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness, 55
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Awakening to Delight
“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite.
It actually takes guts.”
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Saying Yes to Hope
April 20, 2020
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Loving the Earth
April 22, 2020
“May I never not be frisky,
May I never not be risqué.
May my ashes, when you have them, friend,and give them to the ocean,
leap in the froth of the waves,
still loving movement,
still ready, beyond all else,
to dance for the world.”
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Weathering the Storm Together
April 27, 2020
“While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.
So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.
Like light, we can’t be broken, even when we bend.”
-Amanda Gorman from The Miracle of Morning
Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Be An Astonishing Light
April 30, 2020
“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”
Being Bearers of Hope: Welcoming the Present Moment
May 4, 2020
“We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing… we are kept in perpetual unrest: forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in, the fundamental verb, to Be.”
Being Bearers of Hope: Open Your Eyes To The Beauty Around You
May 7, 2020
“Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.”