Things That Have Made Me Cry Recently; or How I Know This Life Is Beautiful Yet

Things That Have Made Me Cry Recently; or How I Know This Life Is Beautiful Yet

By Rev. Anna Blaedel One of my very favorite humans, whose life makes the world more sacred, and my life infinitely more wonder-full and meaning-full, just marked the 10 year anniversary of the very brave decision to seek intervention when she did not want to continue living. She did not want the help she sought, but she calls it now “the best choice I’ve ever made.” It’s a choice I am eternally grateful for, as I am her, and her heart-full, tender, courageous being. There have been times when her presence in the world and in my life is where I turn to, and ground in, in order to cultivate...

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home: month 1

home: month 1

Over the last few months, enfleshed co-directors, Anna, Robert, and M, have been mulling over and sitting with the concept of 'home' - its complications and complexities, invitations and possibilities. Once a month for the next six months, we'll be sharing our wonderings and explorations, and inviting you to consider your own relationship to what home is and isn't, feels like, could be, and calls us to practice. month 1 - by M Jade Kaiser Maybe journey is not so much a journey ahead, or a journey into space, but a journey into presence. - Nelle Morton, 1985 I was first introduced to the work...

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Cheers to the End of the World

Cheers to the End of the World

by elba morales “i don't pay attention to the world ending. it has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.” ― Nayyirah Waheed, Salt I have spent a probably unusual amount of time thinking about the end of the world. One of my earliest memories is of being in first grade, my mom picked me up before bedtime. I felt my skinny gangly legs fall farther down to the floor than ever before. I was draped over her shoulder, but already my still-small body was getting awkwardly big in her arms. I thought it’s happening. Soon, she won’t be able to pick me up anymore. I looked around at...

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Postures and practices for the year to come

Postures and practices for the year to come

By Rev. Anna Blaedel There is a long-standing New Year’s Eve tradition in my family of origin–we do not know how it started, or why, or when–of standing on chairs to recite our resolutions. It’s equal parts hilarious, ridiculous, embarrassing, and vulnerably sincere. It takes no small amount of courage to voice intentions, name longings, commit or recommit to transformative practices. To do so with others invites accountability–not the sort rooted in or laced with shame, judgment, or failure, but the kind that invites us to account for our lives, to give an account of tending to what...

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Loving the world, divinity enfleshed

Loving the world, divinity enfleshed

By Rev. Anna Blaedel ‘Tis the season, sweethearts, of so much more than we can possibly hold: a steady accumulation of sorrows that leave us splayed, and stunned. And we–exhausted, overwhelmed, and afraid–can become too adept at rending when we also, desperately, need to repair, recreate, and mend. Perhaps it is merely an antiquated story, this compiled account of angels and shepherds and flocks huddling under the cover of night; of strange visitors arriving from elsewhere and otherwise, bearing gifts of frankincense, gold, and the precious resin collected from wounded commiphora myrrha...

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You are lush

You are lush

By Rev. Shana Chivon *This essay references the near death of a child. What do you do when you forget your care? Over a month ago, I leaned next to my 16 year old son’s body, devoid of breath. Somewhere between here and there. My hands had to move from holding my wails to the bottom tip of his breastbone. Suppressing my cries and compressing his chest, living for him to the tune of Prince’s Purple Rain, since it is 113 beats per minute, praying that my child did not meet the same fate. Living for him as I did once before in my womb until help came. Strong arms, holding a small vial of...

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