Category: Thematic Thoughts

Five Questions for Crossing the Threshold

While this reflection was written for the new year, and how we look with a degree of uncertainty onto the blank slate of the new year, it seems appropriate to ask these questions from Parker Palmer given the uncertainty of the times we find ourselves … read more.

More Quotes from the Common Bowl

A threshold is not a simple boundary; it is a frontier that divides two different territories, rhythms, and atmospheres. Indeed, it is a lovely testimony to the fullness and integrity of an experience of a stage of life that it intensifies toward the end into … read more.

Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots: 

“If you go back to the etymology of the word ‘threshold,’ it comes from ‘threshing,’ which is to separate the grain from the husk. So the threshold, in a way, is a place where you move into more critical and challenging and worthy fullness.” … read more.

Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you most. Once you’ve figured that out, think about what that question is trying to … read more.

Crossing Thresholds

In his book “Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World,” the poet and theologian John O’Donohue said: 

“…wonder is the [sibling] of novelty, and newness, and freshness…. Imagination is one of the closest presences in the whole family of wonder. In a way, imagination … read more.

A Few Resources for Staying Home

This month’s sacred word theme was surrender, and the corresponding practice is of giving our lives to something greater than ourselves. And in this moment in history that has meant staying home as much as possible, minimizing contact with others, and flattening the epidemic curve … read more.

More Quotes from the Common Bowl

We have been given this precious human incarnation in which each and every one of us is a candidate for enlightenment.
~Michael Bernard Beckwith, Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

suffering makes sense to me… i can see the worst case scenarios fanned out before me, a million … read more.

Quotes from the Common Bowl

No one who has ever touched liberation could possibly want anything other than liberation for everyone.
~Rev. angel Kyodo williams 

The spiritual freedom we seek cannot be found by grasping at, retreating to, or protecting our perceived safe spaces. Our freedom lies in remaining open continuously, not … read more.

Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one! Instead, take time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours.” It can help to … read more.

How to Be a Stoic

Massimo Pigliucci wrote, “The Greeks since Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics distinguished two different kinds of wisdom: phronesis, or practical wisdom, and sophia,
or “transcendental” wisdom. To complicate things from a Stoic
perspective, while phronesis is one of the four cardinal virtues (the
others being temperance, courage, … read more.