Lent is Coming: Into Vulnerability

I hate giving things up. I have zero willpower. Seriously, for me, immediate gratification takes too long. So, what to do with Lent, a season that I used to understand as a time to give something up? The gift of Lent for me is this: it is a time to give up something/take up something…

Why reading the annoying psalms is part of my practice…

When I first started meditating on the psalms, I skipped the ones that irritated me. This was a necessary thing for me. At the time, I was trying to open my heart to a religion whose most visible proponents labeled me an abomination and who were, in my opinion, raging hypocrites and self-righteous jerks. Coming…

On Prayer

In 12-step practice, when you resent someone, you are told to pray for them. I remember the first time my spiritual guide suggested this – I was highly ticked off and she said with her serene grin: “Well, just pray for them to have everything they want and need to be happy and free. Do…