Sacred Space

Here's something I wrote for my Spiritual Practices class this week: When my kids were small, we used to have a little altar set up in the front hallway. We put pretty leaves, feathers, flowers, and rocks there that had caught our fancy during walks. As the seasons progressed, so did our altar. Green leaves … Continue reading Sacred Space

Spiritual Practices: Pilgrimage

Photo by Bishal Sapkota on Pexels.com For our last UU Spiritual Practices class, we talked about Pilgrimages. Pilgrimages are associated with many religions. Christians visit places associated with Christ's earthly life. Their motives for pilgrimages usually include penance, thanksgiving, and a desire to obtain supernatural help. Things that are involved in a UU pilgrimage: transformation, … Continue reading Spiritual Practices: Pilgrimage

Spice of Life Crochet

I came to this realization the other day that I am a much more happy, productive Lisa when I am crafting. I really enjoyed doing those dolls, using my hands for more than just typing. When I craft, the back of my brain can work on writing thoughts while my hands do something else for … Continue reading Spice of Life Crochet

Spiritual Practices: Retreats

Photo by Kate Trifo on Pexels.com This week in Spiritual Practices class, we discussed retreats. What is a retreat for your spirit? It's a time apart to reflect, pray, and meditate, usually somewhere around three to four days in length (but it can be as short as a day). It can be done as a … Continue reading Spiritual Practices: Retreats

Hospitality and Belonging

This week in Spiritual Practices class we talked about how the Unitarian Universalist faith is a covenantal faith. We are a community that welcomes the strangers because we were all once the stranger. I grew up Lutheran, for the most part, until I was 15 or so. I don't remember hearing much about this topic … Continue reading Hospitality and Belonging

What You Eat

Photo by Kai-Chieh Chan on Pexels.com This week in Spritual Practices class, we covered Eating Meditation and Walking Medidation. I was having an awkwardly laid out schedule, so I was starving just before class started and was eating pizza during the chat at the beginning. I'd forgotten it was Eating Meditation day and people were … Continue reading What You Eat

Vein of Gold conundrum

I've been doing mine longhand, but it's about killing my hand after three pages in the morning. Today's task has us writing a personal narrative and I've had to write another six handwritten pages in the afternoon. Our class calendar gives us three days to do 10-15,000 words of a personal narrative and I just … Continue reading Vein of Gold conundrum

The Vein of Gold

Before I knew I was going to be running behind on my BYOB project, I'd already signed up for this writing class/workshop/book discussion group covering Julia Cameron's The Vein of Gold. I have done a book by Julia Cameron before, many many years ago, called The Artist's Way, and then several years ago, I also … Continue reading The Vein of Gold

Prayer

Photo by Public Domain Pictures on Pexels.com In week four of our UU Spiritual Practices class, we covered prayer. From a UU standpoint, prayer is not necessarily to someone or some being, it is a way of being conscious of what is active in your heart. Basically, every day ask "Where is my spirit?" and … Continue reading Prayer

Artist Dates

Another one of Julia Cameron's big things is taking yourself on an Artist Date. Julia describes them thusly: "The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy." A bajillion years ago when I … Continue reading Artist Dates