Unexpected Sanga: Stumbling into Deep Community

Unexpected Sanga: Stumbling into Deep Community

I was certain we’d hate each other. Many writers experience a push-pull of introversion and ego, of wanting to “see” the world in order to convey it, and longing to convey to the reader what they see. Some of us are envious when the other 

This is Your Life: How Presence Brings Joy

This is Your Life: How Presence Brings Joy

One of my 2015 resolutions was to become more mindful. Not lotus-sitting, 24-7 monastic mindful, but a little less wound up and a lot more present. I’ve needed that resolution this year, as the past 12 months have brought a mix of busyness, joy, wonder, 

Why It Pays to Go Turkey-Free on Turkey Day

My new friend, Taruni, a calf born at Saragrahi Monastery in NC. Proximity to animals helps us understand and appreciate where our food comes from, and, in turn, it helps us make better dietary choices. This coming week, Americans will give thanks for the 50 million turkeys that 

Happy Birthday, Saffron Cross!

This Thursday, October 1, Saffron Cross will turn 2! I can’t believe it’s been two years since the launch of our interfaith story! The past 730 days have brought us so much joy. We’ve connected with others who’ve shared similar experiences, as well as those who wanted 

When Monks Say “I Do”

“This discipline and posture toward the spiritual, which appears to the decaffeinated as annoying, stems from his five-year tenure as a devout Hindu monk who lived in the Redwoods of Northern California.” –-from “When Monks Say “I Do”: Confessions of a Former Monastic’s Wife, on 

Three Surprising Reasons Why Christians Should Meditate

“The only trouble is that in the spiritual life, there are no tricks and no shortcuts.” “We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners.” –Thomas Merton In July, Fred