Seeking Sophia

Seeking Sophia

Propped on my desk is a lean-to cork board with a page torn from Flow Magazine depicting a Mary Oliver quote:

“Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

Well, I’ve been paying attention for a little over 50 years and I am perpetually astonished by our weird and wonderful world. What I’ve not done in a minute, is tell folks about it. Now, as this crazy year winds down I, like a lot of y’all out there, am pausing to ponder a few things:

What should I let go of?
What do I need to sit with a little while longer?
What shall I integrate into my ever-evolving self
What have I stumbled upon that might be worth sharing?

Through all of my wandering and wondering in this wide world, a golden thread has remained – a search for sacred wisdom through soulful shenanigans, and a desire to share it with others. Once upon a time I tended a tiny plot on the digital landscape where I explored my experiences of coming out as a lesbian in the “Christ-haunted” south. It was an honour and a privilege to be in digital community with folks from all over the world who were also living the questions that often come with deep faith in conflict with man-made religion.

About three years ago I left that platform (for reasons we can talk about later) and a whirlwind of life has since brought me to live and work in The Netherlands, plant a small fellowship, launch a mindfulness project and take a deep dive into the world of nature writing, ecoSpirituality and outdoor pastoral care.

So here I am starting all over as a blogger to unpack an accumulation of treasures and challenges found on my ever-winding path, especially those I encountered in 2020.

What I’ve come to understand is that we need to practice over and over again the art of paying attention so we are fully present to astonishment and that we need a community of other practicing, astonished folks to tell our stories to.

So that is what THIS new journey is about – 12 months of practices, prayers and prompts to help one another create a promising path through 2021. This journey will sometimes be serious, occasionally be silly, but will always be lifted up in love.

So lace up your shoes, grab a journal and let’s get going.

[Traveler, your footprints]

BY ANTONIO MACHADO

Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;
only a ship’s wake on the sea.

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