We’re approaching equinox. Equinox represents a change in seasons. In the Southern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox occurs, portending shorter days, while in the North, the spring equinox marks the change to more daylight. Many birds and animals take their cues from the transition in the length of light to migrate.
“Why are you crying?” I asked Mary who was sitting at a desk in the office, getting ready to bite into her sandwich at lunchtime. “Look at this,” she said as she handed me a heart-shaped little note with the words, “I love you, Mommy. Enjoy your day. Love, Sarah” beautifully scripted on it.
Attending the Spiritual Directors International Emerging Wisdom conference will be a learning and growing experience for all participants, as we seek new and emerging wisdom across traditions. But practically, what does that actually look like? Here is the vision.
I’m getting older. Naturally, this has always been the case and yet for many years I’ve enjoyed a delectable denial that it isn’t really happening. Life’s energy has flowed freely even when illness interrupted at times. For the most part, the “force has been with me” giving me the vitality of feeling young.
It’s ten below zero this early Wisconsin morning, and the world is dead quiet with the ravages of winter. It’s beautiful and brutal at the same time. Elegant arches of snow wrap the trees, the sidewalks, the buildings, and anything else in its way. The snow looks like stiff white meringue.
When I visited Egypt twenty-five years ago, it was the first time I had ever witnessed the observance and celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. The mosque and community that I belonged to at the time only mentioned it in passing. It seemed to be a very exciting time in Egypt.
It seems odd to me that I am looking for Epiphany light for someone else when I have plenty of need for illumination in the dark crannies of my own soul. Yet this Epiphany, I want that light to shine in my goddaughter—and I want to see it shine.
Presence is celebrating a birthday! To honor Presence journal publishing its 20th volume in 2014, we’re printing all SDI publications in full color this year. It’s our way of saying thank you for making a commitment to keep Presence and the colorful legacy of spiritual companionship alive and filled with light.
Iona has, since time immemorial, called spiritual seekers to her shores to increase their clarity of inner and outer wisdom.
I know people who have come to Iona because they are at a time of transition in their lives and are seeking guidance for the way ahead. They have heard that being on Iona can help them make needed changes. Such is the purity of Iona.