I, too, have many faults. I have spent a lifetime trying to rid myself of me. Many religious teachers told me I could change me and find God. Many spiritual teachers taught me that I could “transform” me into these powerful virtues. I used to have the fantasy that I could finally change myself, become more likeable, more kind, more good, more successful, more organized, more loved . . .MORE!Read More
The Estuary Blog
Throughout their work and lives, our staff and friends of The Estuary become inspired and do some occasional inspirational writings. We have created this blog for them to share their thoughts, writings, and feelings with you.
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“You have been chosen. Go unafraid”
- Paraphrased from John 15:16
I am experiencing the disruption of the solar eclipse! Like the moon pulling at the rising and falling tides of the oceans so the solar eclipse pulls and tugs at me with emotional upheaval and challenge.
This picture of my father, taken in 2007, found its way back into my life recently. I thought about this photo several times over the years, as I originally wanted to frame a copy to give to my father.Read More
"If you don’t become the ocean
You’ll be seasick everyday."
Everything has me confused and irritable.
Is it politics? Upcoming Holidays? Am I working too much?
Maybe, I’m not working enough?
I have no answers.
Riding a bicycle for me is more than a chance to get a little exercise, it becomes a chance to quiet all the noise in my brain and pay attention to what is happening right now. So while I peddle my way up Chickering Rd next to Percy Warner Park, I begin to wonder, "Who am I?"Read More
What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as One,
Received not in essence but by participation.
It is just as if you lit a flame from a live flame:
It is the entire flame you receive.
--St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022)
I absolutely adored this when I read it this morning. I love the imagery of the flame because it makes total sense to me. The “essence” St Symeon is referring to, I believe, is God (the flame)…and to believe I am the essence of God is a very comforting thought.Read More
I was deeply moved when reading the following passage in the book Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen (paraphrased):
When children are judged, criticized and reshaped into what is wanted rather than supported, not allowed to develop naturally into who they are, they “form spores” and wall the unloved parts of themselves away.Read More
I found a quote the other day from the Dali Lama.
“Love is the absence of judgment”.
Thinking about that –
My first response was a feeling of trueness. When I am feeling deep love, there is no judgment.Read More