God and Transactional Love

Growing up I identified God’s love with my parents’ love for me.  When I was ‘good’, they said nothing, assuming I simply ought to be good.  When I fell short, they got angry and shamed me in a variety of ways. I figured that’s the way God’s love also...

Remembering…Who or What?

Remembrance has become a huge, multi-billion dollar industry.  We erect memorials both to fallen heroes and politicians with questionable ethics.  We send cards to mark special occasions.  Whole religious traditions, both good and bad are based on the remembrance of...

Integrity and Discovery

The word integrity often is bantered about in the media, especially in reports of poor behavior by public officials or personalities.  Perhaps we spend too much time worrying about others’ integrity though.  Instead I’ve been curious to discover how integrity has...

Letting Go to Find Intimacy

I’ve been hungry for intimacy most of my life.  It’s more than a physical, sexual, or emotional connection.  I’ve been seeking the kind of a deep communion with myself and the universe, a profound experience of the present moment when time stands still and I’m fully...

Where Do You Eat?

We look for inner nourishment from a lot of sources.  Jesus of Nazareth offered some sage advice long ago: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.   I love to eat, to nourish my body with healthful food.  I also...