Editor’s Desk: Creating Synchronicities

Even though I’m sheltering in place, there is no lack of opportunity to continue to be involved in many activities of interest. I belong to several anti-racism groups that meet regularly on zoom, I listen to podcasts and specials on TV (as well as some favorite programming series), I meet with my women’s group (on zoom). I continue to prepare for new interviews, head up a small team of colleagues, and continue to look for ways to effectively contribute to the good. The honest truth is that the bustle of motion can keep me in a kind of frenzy of
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Editor’s Desk: HOPE, IN SPITE OF THE EVIDENCE

I’m having to turn this “Editor’s Desk” piece in prior to the conclusion of voting in the 2020 election. If you are like me you’re sitting on pins and needles and feeling quite anxious about it. Nevertheless, life goes on outside the election. Thus, here are my thoughts for the day. We received an inquiry from a listener who is grappling with the many injustices in the world both now and throughout history. He states, “When I read the goals of organizations like yours, I think how sincere and well intentioned they are—but also how naïve. The assumption is that
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Editor’s Desk: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

When I first heard the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had died, I went into a depression. My normal optimism had fled and left me with feelings of despair. During this time, I was preparing for an interview with Hersch Wilson who is a 30-year veteran volunteer firefighter in New Mexico and the author of a most brilliant book, Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times. As is often the case, the mysterious workings of the invisible world showed up with the right message at the perfect time. This is what I was reading.
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Editor’s Desk: Be Optimistically Curious

  Several years ago, I joined with two friends in a 10-week spiritual practice which consisted of ten life-revealing questions. I’ve listed these Questions to Contemplate for you at the bottom of the post. We started with one question each week: We would meditate on it, journal about it, and share with one another what comes up for us. We wrote about what we understood about the question, what we didn’t understand, what we accepted, and what we were struggling with. There were days when I felt quite resistant to the questions, but I’ve noticed over time that my heart
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Editor’s Desk: The Joy of Living In The Question

It was Joseph Campbell from whom I first heard this Rilke quote: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” from Letters to a Young Poet. Today, as I
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Editor’s Desk: Descent into the Cave of Regret

  My heart is aching and tears are forming in my eyes as I watch a family joyously having a squirt gun fight in a scene in the TV series Council of Dads. I pause to check in with my body trying to understand what triggered my tears. Was it the mother, the kids, the supportive men, or the absent father that touch something deep within me? Am I still missing Michael? I count on my fingers, tick off the years that feel like yesterday: 2012-one, 2013-two, 2014-three, 2015-four, 2016-five, 2017-six, 2018-seven, 2019-eight, 2020-nine. I ponder: Does the backyard scene
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Editor’s Desk: Encounter With A Horse In A Bar

    As I steered the car into my designated parking spot in my apartment complex, my cell phone rang. My whole body was smiling as the name Anne Palenske, my dear childhood friend, flashed on my dashboard screen. We don’t talk often, however, when we do speak our conversations are lively, full of laughter, and great memories. As I reached to press the button on my steering wheel to accept the call, I was transported to an earlier memory of Anne. Anne and I share a love of horses. In fact, it was she who introduced me to horses
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Editor’s Desk: Mother-Work: God Is Like A Mother Hen

My dear Circle Sister, Ann Smith, wrote this essay several years ago and I feel it is appropriate for us now as we approach and celebrate Mother’s Day. Along with me, she is a Millionth Circle Convener as well as the Regional Coordinator of the Southwest Florida chapter of Gather The Women. -Justine Willis Toms MOTHER-WORK: GOD IS LIKE A MOTHER HEN When I was part of an Episcopal Women to Women trip to Jerusalem, we went to a chapel called Dominus Flevit on the western slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. The
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Editor’s Desk: Thoughts on Staying Calm and Centered

  Even if I limit my check-in with the news, a barrage of reporting creeps into my life through invisible corridors. It seeps under my doorsill and through the open window. It resides in my heart as a low-grade anxiety. I feel it impacting the way I’m responding to others as a heightened sensitivity and quickness to take offense. I get frustrated more easily. In general, the pervading cultural scenario is akin to a “shock and awe” bombardment to my senses. I feel a constant tension in my belly. And, I know I’m not alone. I ask myself, “What can
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Editor’s Desk: THE WAYS OF COMPUTERS ARE PERFECT AND MUST NOT BE QUESTIONED

In a recent interview, meditation teacher Tara Brach led me through a guided meditation to help me work on a particular issue that often triggers a negative reaction on my part. I get triggered when technology is not working causing me to make a phone call to try to get tech help. More often than not I get connected to a bot (an artificial intelligence) that is asking me questions that don’t really apply to my issue. I’m then on an endless loop trying to get to a “live” person. Frustration is building and it’s really, truly hard to not just
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