Poetry

Poem: Healing is a Never Ending Departure

Healing is a Never Ending Departure an improvisation after the poem STUFEN by Hermann Hesse Tracy Rittmueller Like every flower fades and every childhood withers into age, every stage of life blooms; each insight, too. And every goodness blossoms in its time yet will not last forever. In every purpose, in every call of life,… Continue reading Poem: Healing is a Never Ending Departure

Spirituality

How to Fight Fear on Facebook

The Irony of Facebook  "Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission--to make the world more open and connected." --Mark Zuckerberg The irony of Facebook is that while its founder says he intended it to bring people together, there is ample evidence it is doing the… Continue reading How to Fight Fear on Facebook

Spirituality

Let’s Help Each Other Learn How to Ask For Help

If you know how to ask for help, please help me (and others) learn this skill For some years now, I’ve been connecting with people like you, who care about building a life around kindness, compassion, and the concept of enough. The people I like to hang out with, online and in person, believe that… Continue reading Let’s Help Each Other Learn How to Ask For Help

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How 3 months at a Benedictine monastery set me free from the time-pressure paradox

What is the time pressure-paradox? When I toured the early 20th-century caretaker’s cottage at the Rockefeller family’s historic Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont, the guide explained that the caretaker’s wife and three daughters took the entire day, every Monday, to wash the caretaker’s shirts and their own few dresses and undergarments, hang them… Continue reading How 3 months at a Benedictine monastery set me free from the time-pressure paradox

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Envision Benedictine Listening (Obedience) through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the sixth of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions.Professed Benedictine monastics formally promise to uphold a 3-fold commitment to listening (obedience), stability, and fidelity (conversatio morum) while living within their communities. Oblates (lay associates) strive to apply these principles while living "in the world" outside the monastery, believing… Continue reading Envision Benedictine Listening (Obedience) through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

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Envision Benedictine Stability through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the fifth of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Professed Benedictine monastics formally promise to uphold a 3-fold commitment to listening (obedience), stability, and fidelity (conversatio morum) while living within their communities. Oblates (lay associates) strive to apply these principles while living "in the world" outside the monastery,… Continue reading Envision Benedictine Stability through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

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Envision Benedictine “conversatio morum” though Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the fourth of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Professed Benedictine monastics formally promise to uphold a 3-fold commitment to listening (obedience), stability, and fidelity (conversatio morum) while living within their communities. Oblates (lay associates) strive to apply these principles while living "in the world" outside the monastery.… Continue reading Envision Benedictine “conversatio morum” though Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)