It is a beautiful spring day here in Pasadena. Citrus in bloom, cherry blossoms, purple wisteria, the smell of jasmine, red tomatoes and hot peppers flowering, and somewhere an owl is hooting. The sweet perfume of all this burst of budding fragrance is sending both the bees and me down to prayer.
In the second half of life I have come to know a few things for sure. One of those “knowings” is that the direct experience of a loving God/Spirit is far more significant, important, satisfying and real … than reading or thinking about an abstract idea of the Divine and Holy. So, in this beginning of Spring, early in the freshness of a new year, I invite you to join me in a very personal experience of the Source of all that is Good.
1. Get a Spiritual Director/Companion
The spiritual path is always a path of each soul encountering their true self. That very personal journey can be lonely and sometimes confusing. Spiritual Directors are today’s trained soul companions who accompany you on this sacred journey to your own heart and a depth encounter with the Holy.
I have enjoyed the entrustment of many men and women over nearly two decades of work as a spiritual director–deeply listening to the joys, sorrows, confessions, questions, doubts, and insights people have shared on the best and worst days of their lives. If you are considering getting a spiritual director and would like to explore doing that work in person or by phone, I would be pleased to have that conversation with you.
2. Go on a Pilgrimage
For centuries men and women have made Pilgrimages to holy places. What is a Pilgrimage? It is an intentional journey to a beautiful and sacred place to encounter the Holy. Group Pilgrimages are a particular way to make a safe, enjoyable trip in the company of loving people. For years, I have selected some extraordinary place each year for a special Pilgrimage. This year, we return to Italy for Discovering Sacred Beauty: A Pilgrimage to Venice and Padua. There are only a few spaces left.
3. Take a one-hour Sabbath: Stop. Be silent. Listen to your Heart.
Beginning today, you can simply change your life in the pursuit of inner peace. It’s simple and you can do it. Really.
“What is it you plan to do…”
As I write this letter, some blustery winds are suggesting a kite rather than a computer ought to be my focus. Instead, I am thinking of you.
The sainted poet Mary Oliver asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Isn’t that always the question? And I wonder today, what is your answer? I hope it’s less about following scary leaders, thinking narrow thoughts, or being afraid. Maybe it’s more about being happy, at peace, and honoring your sacred self with a companion, a pilgrimage, or an hour of solitude. If you choose the latter, I will meet your there.
Whatever you choose, feel free to contact me here and let me know! I’d love to hear about your experience.