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Guest Post at Magpie Girl on “My Spiritual Hybrid”

Rachelle, the wonderful host over at Magpie Girl, seeks to help people find their own right-fit spiritual practice which sometimes means “dancing in the overlap.”  She invited me to write about my own hybird and place of fertile border-crossing between being a monk rooted in Christian tradition and a yogini.

Make sure to stop by her post for a chance to win copies of my two newest books – Lectio Divina – transforming words and images into heart-centered prayer and The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom.

One of the things I love about yoga is how parallel its principles  are to the Christian principles of monasticism which sustain my spirit.   I learn through yoga philosophy how to be fully present to my  experience in this moment of time with compassion.  I encounter exactly  the same invitation in the wisdom of early desert monks who taught how  to stay with our experience and not run from ourselves.  When I practice  yoga I become a better monk.  When I practice my monastic side, I  become a better yogi.

Yoga teaches about satya, being with the truth of this moment.  About santosha, finding contentment within this truth.  About tapas,  stoking my inner fire to stay with my experience, to stay with the  practice.  My monastic tradition also teaches me to open my eyes to  reality as it is, not how my ego wants it to be.  It teaches me to  practice being content, accepting the fullness of this moment.  It  encourages me to practice discipline and welcoming in difficult or  painful feelings I often want to run away from. By staying with these  wisdom paths the invitation is to enter more fully into places of grief,  transition, letting go.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m so happy to have found you….through Sister Macrina Wiederkehr.

    I am a visual artist and lover of yoga….

    Your website and blog have a lot to nurture me ! I am looking forward to spending time with your new book.

    Now to observe a Sabboth (challenging since I tend to multitask constantly!)

  2. I was so happy to see you over at Relig-ish. I’m a fan of both of you, although I know I lurk more than I comment. I like hanging out here at the Abbey and over Magpie Girl’s too.