Soul Seeing: To take something seriously is to clench our mind on it like a fist. It squeezes out joy and brings headaches.
Soul Seeing: I grew up practicing sarcasm as a form of escape. A sarcastic tone lets me slip back into my shell, like a turtle or a snail.
Soul Seeing: Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales reminds us of our identity as pilgrims. We are all on a journey. And a motley crew we are.
Soul Seeing: In-between processes are less rational than imaginative, less internally focused than looking for clues outside the self.
This winter, three good friends and four admired colleagues died. As my generation winks out, there is plenty of time at funerals to think about grief and comforting the brokenhearted. It isn't easy.
The prayer of surrender reconciles, brings rest: It stops us from shuffling guilt and fear and anger thoughts in our mind like a stacked deck of cards.
Soul Seeing: What God asks of us is simple. Be there. Show up. Open yourself. It's often struck me that God is an incredibly elegant manager of talent that way.
Soul Seeing: I went to a wedding in Paris, Kan., one weekend, and Bishop Morrie's Sunday homily stunned me. I had never heard a sermon on paying taxes before.
Soul Seeing: On a trip to Thailand, I encountered a praying Buddhist woman who embodied what the "praying church" is.
Soul Seeing: Poetry is theology leaping out of the file cabinet and into the heart. It is the Word or words that stir our souls.