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Archive for June, 2010

Creative Interchange

Recently I enjoyed an inspiring meeting with a friend whom I met through our mutual involvement with the Women’s Interfaith Institute in the Berkshires. We had reconnected at a recent WII event, so it was a pleasure to have some time with her today.

What happened when we spoke was an experience of what theologian Henry Nelson Wieman might call creative interchange: “whatever it is in human life and experience that transforms us in ways that we cannot transform ourselves.” That was one way, a naturalistic way, that Wieman expressed what he understood God to be.

As my friend and I shared our thoughts, challenges, hopes, with one another, letting down our guard, opening our hearts, we found ourselves drawn to a level of conversation in which we both sensed an expansiveness, a freedom, a growing energy. It was collaboration at its best, at its most “holy.”Already some fruits are ripening from that exchange.

That’s what I love most about bringing people together in groups for learning, sharing, and perhaps even transformation. Wherever two or more are gathered in the name of holy creativity, amazing things can happen.

Peebles Island

Despite the rain and some soreness from a fall, today I attended the annual Spring Excursion of Wellspring Haven. The photos on this post were taken by Seth Rockmuller, who rode 34 miles through the rain on his bicycle to attend. The rain did let up, allowing for a walk around the island. Herons, deer, and a fox! Misty moisty weather indeed.

Peebles Island Fairy Ring

Tree roots remind me of Arthur Rackham's illustrations.

All photos by Seth Rockmuller.

Like a wave from the ocean

You did not come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. – Alan Watts


A tip of the hat to GreenSpirit for bringing this quote to my attention in its newsletter. Alan Watts introduced me to meditation practice when I was a teen in the 1960’s. In one form or another, I’ve practiced it ever since.

Blossoming Dead Nettle

Sounds like it would be impossible, but my Dead Nettle is in bloom.

Dead Nettle, blooming in June.

Dead Nettle blossoms against today’s blue sky.

Blossoms against the sky.