The Soulistry Blog

“GET IT DONE”

Antidote to latest news from the U.S.? Make art! As Andy Warhol said “Don’t think about making art … just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad … whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding … make... read more

“TIME FOR A BREAK”

Need a break … from the stress of life? Need a break .. from the news and threat of war? Need a break from … busyness … anger … fear … confusion … sense of helplessness … something else? When that happens for me intentionally... read more

“WHEN … IF GOD SPEAKS”

how do i know … when … if god speaks? is god … the voice deep within … the thought that flits through my head … the heartbeat that races … the questions … the answers is god … any of these … none of these …... read more

“SERENDINCIDENCE”

It’s been quite a weekend! Only way to describe it was to create a neologism: … one word combining two words. SERENDINCIDENCE serendipity (serend <ipity>) … “a pleasant surprise” co-incidence (<co-in> incidence) …... read more

“WE ARE THE EARTH AND THE EARTH IS US”

It’s EARTH DAY … a global annual event on April 22nd celebrated in more than 190 countries to show support for the environment. Thich Nhat Hanh’s words “The earth is not just our environment We are the earth and the earth is us.” are a... read more

“THINK FOR OURSELVES… “

The words of my parents “You were given a brain.   Use it.” often surfaced throughout my life. At the age of fifteen I decided to leave the church of my youth which seemed to expect me to leave my brain at the door. When I would ask a question I was told... read more

“ALMOST MISSED IT!”

Tulips are beginning to appear in fields and yards and stores and homes like the little pot of tulips placed in the kitchen window. As their petals gently unfolded in the morning’s light their reflection in the kitchen window called “Take our... read more

“MUDDY MESS”

The world is a muddy mess. But children … children are being children laughing, dancing, playing “dress-up” and playing in the mud as this video shows so well. https://www.facebook.com/niceday.tv/videos/1866443676962723/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED This morning... read more

“MOMENTS IN TIME”

There she was Easter Sunday … in the lovely camellia flower bush. Mama Robin … quietly, calmly nesting. As much as I wanted to capture this grace-filled moment and move the leaves/flowers for a different perspective I didn’t want to disrupt her. So... read more

“MAY IT BE SO”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday days … that are being celebrated by millions around the world symbols … of death and life poignant reminders … of the fragility of life. This pink rose from our garden is a gentle reminder of... read more

“GOD WHO MEETS US IN THE WILDERNESS”

God-Who-Meets-Us-In-The-Wilderness, at times when we felt unloveable … we have felt unconditional love at times when our bodies hurt … we have known gentle healing touch at times when our minds are confused and stressed … we have been blessed by... read more

“TRANSFORMING TINY DROPLETS”

An individual prayer may not seem like much. Neither does one little drop of water seem like much … by itself.   But when droplets of water are put together great things can happen! Parched dry crops … become nourished by life-giving rain. Flowing... read more

“JUST BREATHE”

‎”On This Day” in 2014, I wrote about the importance of ‘breathing’ and about my friend Trish Taylor who at that time was waiting news that she would receive a double lung transfer. Trish received her surgery and is well thanks to the selfless... read more

“RISING WATERS”

I remember the time well. My place of employment was vandalized – again. This time, they pushed a hose through the bathroom window next to my office … turned on the faucet and disappeared. As the water poured into my office I could feel the stress rising. That... read more

“WORDS. THE GOOD. THE BAD. THE UGLY.”

Words that are hurtful … can wound. Words that are angry … can bring division. Words that are false … can cause confusion and chaos. Loving Words … can heal. Honest and Gentle and Forgiving Words … can bring reconciliation. Empathetic and... read more

“LIFE AFTER DEATH”

Ever have a day when memories of someone who is no longer living surfaced in your heart and mind? It’s not their birthday or any particular occasion that would bring them to mind yet you feel their presence and find yourself grateful for the ways lessons and... read more

“WEEPING GOD”

Weeping God, how you must ache for your people who face uncertain futures. How you must ache for those who enter into conversations and political debate with open hearts and minds only to find threats, harassment, fear governing their decisions. How you must ache for... read more

“HAND LOTION OF PRAYER”

In these days of uncertainty and fear May application of the lubricating Hand Lotion of Prayer soften hearts and provide space for wisdom … to seep through the soul-pores of politicians. calm hearts and provide space for peace … to seep through the pores... read more

SOULISTRY VIDEO

It’s been quite a while since I saw this video. The “Soulistry” book had just been published and a young man was exploring the possibility of going into video production as a profession. He put out a query along the lines of “I’ll create... read more

“HELLO NEIGHBOUR”

When Mr. Rogers entered his tv home he would sing “Won’t You Be My Neighbour.” Neighbour. Who is my / our neighbour? … “Are you my neighbour?” … “Am I your neighbour?” … “Are people who live far away my... read more

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