Benedictine Spirituality · Mother ~ Daughter · SoulCollage

Just Listen: Big decisions require big listening

Big decisions require big listening. I created a SoulCollage® card for my daughter when she was 21 and going through what some Millennial research experts dubbed a “quarter-life crisis.” At that point in her life she was going through the oh-my-gosh-where-did-the last three-years-of-college-go-?-I-still-don’t-know-what-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up-and-there’s-only-one-year-left-of-college-until-the-real-world-hits-me-upside-the- head and-my-parents-declare-my-financial-emancipation! Fast forward four years, and she reaches another crossroads. Of… Continue reading Just Listen: Big decisions require big listening

Advent Online Retreat · Creativity · Power of Images · Retreats · SoulCollage

Creating Sanctuary: The “Beautiful Ones” Group Card

“Altars can be very powerful…We acknowledge an incarnate God who speaks through symbols and the things of our everyday lives…” -The Artist’s Rule, Christine Valters Paintner An altar can be a centering, focal point for group or personal prayer or creativity. The altar placed in the center of our creative space during the Sprigs of… Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: The “Beautiful Ones” Group Card

Advent Online Retreat · Creativity · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

2020 Words of the Year—Carry On!

Carry On! The inspiration for my 2020 Word(s) of the Year came from the Sprigs of Rosemary Advent retreat that I recently led. The retreat was centered around the theme of sanctuary, inspired by the lyrics of Sanctuary written by Carrie Newcomer. There were several questions participants were asked to consider as a guide for them… Continue reading 2020 Words of the Year—Carry On!

Advent Online Retreat · Creativity · Retreats · SoulCollage

Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Closing Session)

This session closes our Advent retreat, Sprigs of Rosemary—a retreat that can be adapted to any schedule and, certainly, can be used any time of the year. This final post recognizes that YOU are a temple of God, a home for God in the world, the ultimate sanctuary for the Divine. Advent leads us from… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Closing Session)

Advent Online Retreat · Creativity · Retreats · SoulCollage

Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 5)

Welcome to Session 5—Using Your Cards Creatively Creating SoulCollage® cards has been the focus of the Sprigs of Rosemary retreat sessions so far, but there are many ways to go deeper with creating, journaling, praying with or reading your cards. In the ancient prayerful practice of Lectio or Visio Divina, Latin for “divine seeing”, we… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 5)

Advent Online Retreat · Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Spiritual Friendship

Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 4)

Welcome to Session 4—Friendship as Sanctuary. It is so important to cultivate sacred friendships, to make space for people to experience giving and receiving the unconditional love that God extends to us. Soul friends, or anam caras, can bring us joy, humor, understanding, compassionate listening, comfort, or consolation—and the intuition to know what we need… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 4)

Advent Online Retreat · Retreats

Holy Darkness: An Advent Meditation

*Note: This was not a session at the Sprigs of Rosemary retreat but from a previous Advent retreat called Holy Darkness. Nevertheless, a timely reflection on the Advent wreath and the importance of waiting during the Advent season. As a child, the Advent season was musically frustrating for me. With so many beautiful Christmas carols… Continue reading Holy Darkness: An Advent Meditation