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Play, a Crucial (and Oft Forgotten) Spiritual Practice


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Just as nature repeats itself, revisiting what it did a year before, so we often need to relearn things we thought we once knew. When we do this we often gain a slightly different perspective or find an insight roots itself a bit more deeply in our lives. That’s happened to me recently with the subject of play, which I’d like to revisit here. How does play affect us and why does it matter?

What Is Play Anyway?

Scientists of various stripes tell us that when children, whether human or nonhuman, play they are practicing roles they see adults “playing.” Continue reading “Play, a Crucial (and Oft Forgotten) Spiritual Practice”

Chaos, Dominion, Nature…and King Kong

A great ape teeters atop the tallest building in the world, raging against the world of humans. When the latter finally overcome him, they once again prove that they rule over brutish, out-of-control nature, and that King Kong isn’t really king after all.

That’s the old version. There’s a new Kong in town, and he offers us an alternative view of nature and dominion.

The King Kongs

In my view the old and newest versions of the story deal with alternative visions of nature, chaos and control. Continue reading “Chaos, Dominion, Nature…and King Kong”

Ruminations on Bear Corn and Creeks

At the Center for Religion and Environment’s first retreat for the creative arts we spent time contemplating nature for inspiration. After a couple encounters with a plant and a stream I decided to stretch a bit and tried my hand at some blank verse. Here is the result, with a bit of explanation preceding each poem.

Bear Corn

Bear corn is a non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant (see the above photo) that draws its nutrients from the roots of oak trees. Continue reading “Ruminations on Bear Corn and Creeks”

An Interview by the Sivana Community

Awhile ago the Sivana Community contacted me saying that they enjoyed my blog at the Huffington Post and asked whether they could interview me. How could I say no?

The Sivana Community focuses on Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga. The substance of the interview focused on my personal and professional goals, what I perceive my mission in life to be, and what I feel I offer to the world. The interview isn’t long, so it’s a quick (and I hope interesting) read. Check it out!

Spirit, Rocks and Water: Joiners of Space and Time


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Walking through the power line cut I glanced down and noticed a couple of stones. Sitting down among the newly leafed blackberries and grasses I took a few minutes to give them a closer look. When I did, I sensed these rocks had stories they wanted to tell me. Indeed they did.

Storytelling on the Plateau

I was sitting on a beach. Well, what had been a beach. Continue reading “Spirit, Rocks and Water: Joiners of Space and Time”

What Nature Has to Tell Us about Easter

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When we explore nature, we divine hints of life, love, and resilience. No matter how hard we try to keep weeds out of a yard, they keep coming back. Trees sprout from stumps, fields return to forest. It seems like in many ways nature tells us that life is stronger than death, that life is resilient. Poets echo that refrain asserting that love is stronger than death.

Nature and Resilient Life

Nature has developed many mechanisms to ensure that life overcomes adversity. Continue reading “What Nature Has to Tell Us about Easter”

People and Planet: the Joy of Lent

During this time of year many Christians observe a period of time called Lent, when they engage in fasting, almsgiving and prayer to prepare themselves for the great feast of Easter coming in a few weeks. While it’s easy to see Lent as a gloomy time of self-denial, it actually can be a time for joy and discovery that brings healing for people and the environment. As with many things it all depends on our understanding of what we are trying to do.

Relationships and Happiness

God is the world’s best psychologist. Continue reading “People and Planet: the Joy of Lent”