Sunday Morning Mandalas: Evolution of a Practice

Sunday Morning Mandalas:  Evolution of a Practice

When I began creating Sunday Morning Mandalas, I did not imagine that I would sustain the practice for an entire year.    As I approached the one year mark in October, I thought I would take a break after and maybe begin anew in January.  But, golden maple leaves flagged me down on the side of the road that first Sunday in November, and I could not resist bringing them home - not only to my physical home, but the home poet John O'Donohue was referring to when he wrote "when we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming."   His book Beauty: The Invisible Embrace elucidates better than I ever could why this practice impacts me and others the way it does. 

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If the Weather Holds

If the Weather Holds

As I walked and gathered items for this week's mandala, Irma was on my mind.  She seems so symbolic of the times in which we are living. As we grapple with questions of immigration and the reality of climate change,  our country's literal borders are being beaten back by the hands of mother nature.  Across the nation, many of our number appear to be struggling to maintain our footing in the swirl of chaos and fear surrounding us.  It is not surprising that some have wondered aloud if we are not at the end of days.

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In the Conversation with Amy Lyles Wilson

In the Conversation with Amy Lyles Wilson

Amy Lyles Wilson lives just over a half hour drive away from my home in Middle Tennessee.  Our paths never crossed until we arrived at Kanuga Lake in Hendersonville, North Carolina as new students in the Haden Institute Spiritual Direction program. We were assigned to different cohort groups, but when she introduced herself  during our first gathering as one whose call is to "work at the intersection of creativity and spirituality" I knew I needed to get to know her better.

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