Show Your Soul

Writings and artworks by members and friends of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church

SOULWORK: The Practice of Centering

The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something. – Koun Yamada Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be. – Eckhart Tolle Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. – Shunryu Suzuki

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DISRUPTION: The Practice of Being Fully Present

Rebel Although it has been years, in autumn, when the sumac firelights the roadsides filling the air, not with smoke but with clarity, I am on the farm again. I breathe the warm snorting smell of his blackness, grip him tight with legs and hands as we cross the fields with the speed of geese in flight. The fields are black, too, ready for winter to etch their clods with frost, stiffening them like Lot’s wife. But I do not look back, for I am fifteen and ready. I match my rhythm to his, fast walk, trot and then– In one enormous exhalation– we are stretching out, beyond the farm,...

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HOSPITALITY: The Practice of Belonging

Belonging by Don Lifto Enveloped in love; grounded like roots of an oak. Holding fast to life. Feeling alone at times is a shared human experience.  Sometimes aloneness is simply being lonesome, longing for company and the satisfaction of togetherness with family or a friend.  On some days feeling alone is occasioned by fear and a realization that a problem or situation must be confronted by yourself or a sense that no one can hear your plea for help.  Alone can also take on the form of desperation or depression when life’s circumstances feel overwhelmingly crushing in their intensity...

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BALANCE: The Practice of grace

Grace by Don Lifto To save or be saved? Healing balm, salvation’s grace (It’s not about me!)   The Haiku above contains two emotive and spiritual words –generally understood, but uttered infrequently in every-day conversation:  grace and balm.  In referencing the Merriam-Online Dictionary, it is interesting that it is the second meanings for both words, not the primary definitions, which speak to us from the seventeen beats of the Haiku.  The technical definition of balm is an oily, pleasant smelling substance from specific tropical trees used to heal or protect the skin. ...

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CELEBRATION: The Practice of naming

After picking a handful of wildflowers later - Shutting my eyes their beauty is Still in my head —Gail DiezThat Day Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand? Charles Lindbergh That day is waiting, Imminently, Off-stage, In the wings, When the mathematics change— When a given is taken away. Perhaps they all wanted a nickname, A moniker, a distinctive sobriquet, Those changing, giddy adolescent girls Who gathered at the lunch table In that small town high school cafeteria. She wore hers with a jaunty aspect. Carol became Charlie, Charlie Lindberg, The flying...

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TRUTH: The Practice of diving and divining

Photos by Ken StewartYES For Henry 2012 from Grandma Nancy maybe with enough pepper and after the sandals fall apart some actual boots then maybe the mountain becomes climbable never mind the coyotes (they’re  cowardly) jungle drums will fade and the blare of sun will slowly blend into velvet dark the purple sax blues an invitation to the Yes that comes venturing up over the horizon from the edge of the world out of the surf tall cool and ready Yes —Rev Nancy Holden This piece includes text from the song “Lao Rahal Soti” by the musician Samih Shqer. The song discusses...

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