Spirituality2018-07-08T20:31:35-05:00

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The Bottom Line, a poem by Glenda Taylor

The Bottom Line, by Glenda Taylor You see, it’s like this, sort of: Because I experience Something-That-Is, Awestruck, I respond and in so doing, I learn, and relearn, deliciously, gratefully, that: This Something-That-Is transcends (but does not negate) definition or description. Knowing that is so, strangely unable to remain fittingly silent, I speak to whatever it [...]

Translations of Sacred Chant

The syllables or sounds in sacred chant cannot be translated literally for several reasons.  The simplest is the familiar one:  much is always “lost in translation.”  What is lost in translation of sacred chant is its most important aspect: mystical or spiritual understanding. 1)  There are stories, legends, traditions, beliefs, history, etc. behind every word [...]

Creating and Experiencing Meaningful Personal Ceremony, by Glenda Taylor

The following is taken from the recording of a series of talks over a weekend workshop that I gave years ago to a small group of people whom I knew well and therefore with whom I felt confident sharing these sometimes personal thoughts.  In transcribing the recordings, all the sessions were put together without noting where [...]

Navajo Nation Reacts to Children at Border

I am currently camping out near the Four Corners area of Colorado.  I picked up a Navajo Nation newspaper, and I noted an article citing the Navajo Nation's reaction to the current border crisis in the U.S.  I excerpt portions of it here as a historial reference that helps us see things through another lense.  [...]

My Concern For The Children, by Glenda Taylor

My Concern For The Children, by Glenda Taylor   South Texas Border - U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2014; Photo by Eddie Perez and US Dept. of Homeland Security, Public Domain. When my third grandson was born with a critical heart defect, I entered the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where he was clinging [...]

A Grandmother’s Prayer for Young Men, by Glenda Taylor

A Grandmother’s Prayer for Young Men, by Glenda Taylor   Oh, Great and Good Spirit, behold these many young men, especially those just coming into their adulthood in a world so confusing, when what it means to be a man is everywhere challenged and redefined. In this unanchored world, give them grace to know their inner [...]

“What We Want, We Have,” an excerpt from Huston Smith’s “The World Religions”

Hinduism and the Meaning of the Self, an excerpt from Huston Smith: “…Pleasure, success, responsible discharge of duty, and liberation—we have completed the circuit of what people think they want and what they want in actuality.  This takes us back to the staggering conclusion with which our survey of Hinduism began.  What people want, that [...]

“Cracks,” a poem by Glenda Taylor

“Cracks,” a poem by Glenda Taylor   I. Somehow, perhaps temporarily, I have fallen into one or another of the cracks that can open in Wholeness itself, fissures that split Being into separate fragments called, first one and then another-- soul, heart, body, mind, ethereal, mental, mystical, sexual, permitted, profane, forbidden, past, present, future--so on and on. [...]

Solstice

Coming up to the Winter Solstice this year, I am more than ever aware of the sacredness of this time between the extremes of light and the dark, as my good friend Monroe Henderson died peacefully in his sleep last night, and my good friend Steve Nash is lingering at the edge of crossing, as is [...]

Arkansas

I frequently suggest to others something I call a square foot meditation—sitting quietly in one spot for a good long time, simply observing, while holding the awareness that everything seen is sacred. During the past few days, while on a personal camping retreat in the mountains of Arkansas, I became convinced that it would take [...]

An excerpt from “Concerning Smoke” by Jordan Paper

“The bowl of the pipe is a sacrificial vessel that itself is a miniature cosmos.  Often tobacco is added pinch by pinch, each explicitly dedicated to the sacred directions as well as animals and spirits (as part of ones relations), thus bringing the entire cosmos into the bowl itself...The offerings are directed towards [...]