Sometimes, when I barrel into a block with my writing, I wriggle free
by doing this something that comforts loose the flow
and I wonder if it’s an odd quirk of mine, or do you do it too:
I love lists.
Sometimes the list becomes the thing.
Like today, when I’m trying to back into a project I started in the Spring,
because I still can’t seem to find the front door.
These times I often go around back and see if there’s a little service entrance
where I won’t feel so conscious of my muddy-ness
and I can sit on the porch and leave my shoes to dry
while I walk on, barefoot, inside.
I began a series back in March to explore the stories stirring in my heart
about my messy dance with God on this noisy planet,
rocking always, this world, to the strobe lights of scattered messages,
sweet and sullied, soothing and strangling.
To discover more what really fits for me and who am I anyway
in the wide river of this mystery.
Yeah, just a little tidbit to chew on.
Then life splintered down pretty hard and I pulled back for awhile.
So I’m offering up my list
as I do a trust-fall back into the flow……
Religion vs. Spirit
(when I speak of “religion” I’m not calling out specifics. No disrespect.
I mean fundamentalism, which can disease any set of beliefs or thoughts)
~ Religion dries; Spirit is fluid.
~ Religion is push; Spirit is flow.
~Religion is strain; Spirit is release.
~ Religion is punitive; Spirit is creative.
~Religion is flint sharp and squint to balance scales;
Spirit is lightning strong and redeeming what is.
~Religion is pity, for it stands above and apart;
Spirit is compassion, for it identifies with and meets.
~Religion is strive for perfection; Spirit is permission to thrive.
~Religion accuses and shames; Spirit reveals and restores.
~ Religion is performance; Spirit is presence.
~ Religion drives; Spirit woos and calls.
I’ll be back around with my stories and songs as I bob on down this river and see where it takes me.
Thanks for being a place where I can share it safe in the borning.
“Everyday I wonder how many things I am dead wrong about.”
– Jim Harrison
“I’m here to be me, which is taking a great deal longer than I had hoped.”
– Anne Lamott
Sharing below a little video I made for you;