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Dirk
Denver, CO
Seeker of meaning and stillness.
Interests: Photography, cooking, running, fitness, reading, mindfulness, peace and purity.
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Sometimes, I am so taken by an image that I don't have much to say other than, "That's lovely." I sink into it; I exhale; my body relaxes; my mind stills; I not only see it, I feel it. This is one of those images. May you find contentment today.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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If you say to yourself (or to anyone else) "I am an artist," then you're an artist. What someone else might say doesn't matter. If you say to yourself (or to anyone else) "I am a writer," then you're a writer. What someone else might say doesn't matter. If you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I came upon Sophia at the park this morning; she sat on a bench, smiling as she watched three siblings playing on the swings The oldest, a girl, perhaps 10, pushed her younger brother and sister, all three of them laughing, the younger two squealing each time they were shoved... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Rumi encourages us to enter the stream's flow, not to sit on the banks as life and faith slide by. "Start a huge, foolish project," he says, "like Noah." At which point he reminds us: It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you. Repeat: It makes absolutely no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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There is exterior silence, and there is interior silence. Exterior silence can be hard to find, harder, I believe, in the confines of a city, in the chaos of a busy family, in a corporate cubicle, in the midst of a morning commute... Exterior silence makes it easier to experience... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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(1 Kings 19:11-13) I woke up this morning, longing to hear the voice of God. The preacher ranted about the evils of society, shouted her disgust of all those who disagreed, pounded the pulpit and evoked a deafening chorus of Amens. I could not hear the voice of God. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The ribs of my soul are showing. What have I been feeding myself? Where have I been grazing? In what fields? Where have I been gleaning fruit? In what orchards? This is no intentional fast; I have a daily requirement for spiritual nourishment... a poem, a prayer, a word from... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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in one grain of wheat, a thousand loaves of bread that grain is within you to water to warm in the sun to nurture that grain is you to water to warm in the sun to nurture can you taste the bread? dream of the thousand mouths to be fed... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Going silent is a bit like walking into a dark room, the contents of which are unknown to you, like the location of the furniture and what may lurk in the corners or behind the closet door. But it's your room; everything within is yours and always has been. Going... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Consume these words while still fresh; like thin, hot fries, they'll soon be cold and limp. Scarf down these lines while still tasty; like a fish tossed onto the beach, they'll soon stink for rotting. Gobble up these phrases while their aroma lingers; like green peas left too long to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Love brings an end to many conversations, many arguments. We reach a point when words have nothing more to contribute. What love wants to say lies somewhere beyond speech. Love renders unnecessary even these lines I write... (inspired by Rumi, 13th-century Sufi mystic/poet) Text and image © 2018 by Dirk... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Oh, my Beloved: When you are distant, I cannot sleep for the longing. When you are close, I cannot sleep for the elation. (What exists between us can never be said not by you, not by me, not by anyone.) No complaint: such insomnia is a blessing. And when, for... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Your eyes are so small, like two seed pods, yet think of what wonders you see: the intricacy of a spider web, the peaks of towering mountains, the swirl of impossibly distant galaxies... Your brain is so small, like a head of broccoli, yet think of the wonders you comprehend:... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The earth revolves around the sun. The moon orbits the earth. The bee and butterfly circle the blossom, the moth the flame. Each keeps what it loves at the center, its focus, its anchor. Let it be thus with the Beloved. (inspired by Rumi, 13th-century Sufi mystic/poet) Text and image... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi wonders why we always greet one another with How are you? and not with How aren't you? So I'm asking you How aren't you? I, today, am not despairing. I am not racing about. I am not lonely. I am not God, yet I am... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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"Comparison is the thief of joy," asserts Theodore Roosevelt. We've experienced this, that jealousy at another's success-- in school, at work, in the arts, at church... perhaps even at home. I'm just as good at my job; why'd she get the promotion. My pie is delicious; why's everyone praising his... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Do you have an inner critic? Most of us do. Your inner critic is that voice of doubt and disparagement internalized from long ago encounters with parents or teachers or coaches or colleagues who, when in reality dealing with their own insecurity and self-doubt, told you one of many possible... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The very best reason to be creative? Because it brings you joy. Not to produce something useful...or beautiful...or sales-worthy. Not to get someone's attention, approval or affirmation. Not to prove something to some long-ago critic. Not to make the world a better place. Yes, any of those might happen, and... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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We watch surfers off the point of land in front of the hotel, a rocky, volcanic triangle jutting into the Pacific, an expanse of porous, jagged rock. This land buffers the hotel from even the highest seas and marks the start of Turtle Bay. Here the waves are, nearly everyday,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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We returned yesterday from a week on the North Shore of Oahu, staying at a beautiful, isolated resort called Turtle Bay, far from the crowds in Honolulu and Waikiki. Hawaii manages to be beautiful even when overcast and rainy, as it was a good deal of the time. The warm... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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She spoke to her classroom of 8th graders: "God's love for us is so great that God has made us God's children. You, Lori, and you Jeanne, and you, Kevin, and you Ran, you Sharon, Emily, Izzie, Phillip... you are--each one of you--God's child now." Many 8th graders are skeptics,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Hello, God. Just wanted to let you know I'm moving. As of today, May 1st, I will no longer be at this address. I will now be living in love, as you've suggested; yes, I'm finally making the move from here to love. I think the biggest reason for moving... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I enjoy an occasional provocative quote, like this one from author and poet May Sarton: "It is the masculine in a woman and the feminine in a man that proves creative." And further: "Every artist is androgynous." I have long held that God fully represents all qualities that we associate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Why are silence and solitude, meditation and mindfulness, essential (or at very least, enormously helpful) for the life of faith? Because, when practiced with regular intention, they become the practice of nothing, the clearing of the mind of image, emotion, thought, allowing the mind to be transformed. The practice of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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God is my playmate. God invites the child within me to marvel at the sights and sounds of my life, its textures and colors, the touch of those I love, the darkness of my midnight bedroom, the flavors of cinnamon, cilantro, curry and cocoa, the mystery of death... God says... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath