Elvis the elephant teaches me about love

Elvis the elephant teaches me about love

As someone with significant disabilities, I worry that I am a burden on people around me. I tell myself monster-stories about how much better the lives of my loved ones would be if they didn’t have to sacrifice on my behalf. I imagine that such thoughts are noble,...

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Called to give thanks

Called to give thanks

Recently, at a meditation retreat, they piped in three different sound streams. Meditators were surrounded by two kinds of music and one foreign language radio station while they were encouraged to still their minds. The cacophony blended to a sort of sound landscape...

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gratitude, well-being and joy

gratitude, well-being and joy

It is gratitude month – the month where I consider the kind promise “I will appreciate blessings.” I have been reading about practicing gratitude here and here (among others). One of the things I like about practicing the promises is the way that I get to give each...

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Reaching for courageous advocacy…

Reaching for courageous advocacy…

Reaching for courageous advocacy at a time when divisions are wild and wide, I find myself hopscotching through quotes reflecting the thinking of wise ones from many disciplines. First, let’s define advocacy: “Them as can do, has to do for them as can't. And someone...

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A continuum of advocacy.

A continuum of advocacy.

At a time in the world where there are so many issues calling out for our attention, it is hard to know where to put one’s energy. I have written before about how to recognize issues requiring advocacy. (Four years later, Paul Corby is still awaiting entry into a...

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An attitude of improvisation

An attitude of improvisation

I have been listening to Esperanza Spalding and thinking about improvisation. “Improvisation,” Spalding says, “is about showing up with no agenda and no idea of how to get to the end and working together to create value.” In other words, it’s what we do every day. How...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and summarize my discoveries in a monthly newsletter.

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