Stillness

Non-doing has nothing to do with being indolent or passive. Quite the contrary. It takes great courage and energy to cultivate non-doing, both in stillness and in activity. Nor is it easy to make a special time for non-doing and to keep at it in the face of everything in our lives which needs to … More Stillness

Desiderata Unraveled

I bought a copy of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann at The Old Curiosity Shoppe in Seattle while I was still in high school. I have no idea what happened to that small piece of parchment with the handwritten calligraphy.  I am sure it got lost along with much of the detritus of my childhood. Still, the … More Desiderata Unraveled

Joining the Quiet Revolution

By Shavawn M. Berry In my classes on Tuesday this week, I discussed an article that had appeared in the New York Times Sunday January 15, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/opinion/sunday/the-rise-of-the-new-groupthink.html    The Op Ed piece, written by Susan Cain, outlined the virtues and values of introverts – who need solitude and silence – in order to think, … More Joining the Quiet Revolution

New Beginnings

As human beings, we need rest. We need down time to care for our weary bodies and minds. We need peace and quiet to contemplate our spirituality and our place in the world. We cannot always be crashing like waves onto the shore; we also need to pull back, regroup, and reassess, prior to rushing forward again. … More New Beginnings

Desperately Seeking Silence

Silence is the one place where each person can hear spirit if she chooses to listen. In silence, we can hear the still small voice asking us to forge a luminous, authentic life. We can hear our own heart beating and feel the life that permeates every cell in our bodies. We become aware of our aches and pains, of the ways in which we drive ourselves into the ground always thinking that doing is more important than being. … More Desperately Seeking Silence