These are some resources that I love and recommend. I love when I am able to find a beautiful poem, or video that illustrates feelings or situations so beautifully. That's what this page is. A compilation of the things I love and find inspiring that I want to share with you.
Poems of the Week
I Go Among Trees by Wendell Berry
I go among trees and sit stil
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water
My tasks lie in their places
Where I left them, asleep like cattle
Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.
After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it. As we sing,
the day turns, the trees move.
Books I Recommend
The Center for Prophetic Imagination is a non-profit organization that not only provides online programs for Spiritual Direction, but is also an incredible wealth of creative, spiritual activist resources. It is well worth checking out.
Cloud Cult is a local, Minnesota band, but that only touches on one aspect of what Cloud Cult truly is. This group of artists utilize many aspects of multi-media and art that digs into a space of raw, genuine, life, that is so preciously rare and special. I simply don’t have words to explain, so I used the words from their website’s ‘bio’ below. Allowing Cloud Cult into your life will be a true gift of experiencing palpable divinity.
Articles Worth the Read
SALT is one of my favorite websites for poems, videos, and more. “At SALT, we tell stories that matter. SALT is an Emmy Award winning, not-for-profit production company dedicated to the craft of visual storytelling."
Here is an interesting yet brief “shout out” to spiritual companions from a New York Times article.
An excellent article that compiles different spiritual practices into one place. From, “Psychology Today,” titled, “5 Spiritual Practices That Increase Well-Being.”
Organizations & Inspiration
Labyrinths are ancient spiritual pathways found across the world. A labyrinth is different from a maze; a maze can hold dead ends and tricks, whereas a labyrinth has one path that leads to the center, and the same path guides you out. Labyrinths today continue to offer symbolic journeys inward, toward a quiet divine connection. I have utilized cloth labyrinths and also outdoor labyrinths for spiritual practices. The following resource offers amazing options for labyrinths.
Christos Center for Spiritual Formation is located in Lino Lakes, Minnesota where there are peace-filled acres of trees to explore, an outdoor labyrinth, and a house that offers space for retreats, workshops and spiritual direction sessions.