Divine

A Deeper Practice, by Stephanie Shockley, MA

A Deeper Practice, by Stephanie Shockley, MA

In January, as many of us do, I began a new exercise regime. I made a plan to meet my middle daughter at a 7:30am yoga class. Unaware of the time it would take to travel across the city on the first day of school after the holiday break, I was surprised I arrived to find the class door still open and time to spare. 

What is The Estuary?, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

What is The Estuary?, by Susan Austin-Crumpton
Jesus said to the woman at the well;  'Give me a drink'
                              -- John 4:10-26

A wise woman asked me today, “What is it about The Estuary that is so precious and so unique?  What is it that so many different kinds of people come here to find?”

The Blessing, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

The Blessing, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I too frequently wake up in the middle of the night with my mind whirling in a thousand directions at once.  That’s when I listen to podcasts.  I am comforted by the drone of other voices other than my own lulling me back to sleep; unless, the podcast is interesting. 

Shattering Moments, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Shattering Moments, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I don’t like summer.

I know, I know!  Most of you do like it!  My husband loves it.  He loves to be hot, to feel the sun, and the extended light of the long days.

I love rain, clouds and dark days.  On those days I feel free and exempt from all duties.  My soul feels free!  Maybe it was because my Baptist Grandmother always gave herself permission not to go to church on the Sundays it rained.  She believed being in the rain made one sick!  So I have permission to make my own choices on dark rainy days.

What is Kabbalah?, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

What is Kabbalah?, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

“To study Kabbalah is to study yourself.”

          - Jason Shulman

Last week I was asked this question by a sixteen year old brilliant student, “What’s the difference between Kabbalah study and an organized religion?”  Although I know they aren’t the same I had to stop and think.

The Light from Within, by Suzy Newman

The Light from Within, by Suzy Newman

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

-      Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

What a fabulous way to describe our journey to who we have become as well as our connection to our true selves and to the divine.  As humans we try to “sparkle and shine” when we are growing up.  What I mean by this is that we spend time throughout our lives seeking acceptance from outside ourselves ”when the sun is out”.  We want parents, teachers, friends, and even strangers to like us, to not abandon us, to think we have value.