Saturday, September 29, 2012

Let Your Life Be A Dance Alice

Sometimes Alice, I just need to let  your life speak. 
What could Grampa possibly add to this!

The Dancing Queen!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

In Between Places

There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes


Look for this "Way" Alice.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Why Do You Call Me Circus Girl Grampa?

So I anticipate some day you may ask me why I call you circus girl. 
Well, for one thing you are always putting on a show; dancing in circles, climbing up stairs, sitting in boxes, standing in boxes and oh yes, running away somewhere all by your lonesome. 

You seem to be quite the adventurous spirit Alice. 

But will you promise to do Grampa one little favor? 

It seems you got all the above scrapes and bruises on one of your "running away somewhere" events.

Be careful Alice. Please?

But don't you ever lose that circus girl spirit you have!
And don't you ever let me try to stifle that spirit because of my own fears!

You are the Circus Girl!

And Grampa loves you for that!

But please, be careful!

Love you,

Saturday, September 8, 2012

On The Bench/Sitting This One Out

Sweet Alice,
There will be moments in your life when all you can do is sit on the bench and wait it out. This is not an easy thing to do. And from what I can tell about your spirit, it may be very difficult for you.

I would like to be able to say , "Don't worry about it, life is just a game" but life is not a game. 

Life is not about keeping score, life is not about winning and losing, life is not about being number one.

What is life about, you say?


Maybe part of life is about knowing when to sit one out so you can get a better perspective, rest your body, soul and spirit and realizing that being on the bench might be the best place at the time.

Maybe when life gets tough find a bench and sit it out for a while.
This is part of that silence, solitude, contemplative thing I alluded to last week.

Bench Prayer!
Why not?

Then get back in the game.

But it's not a game.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Descending To Get Where You Need To Be

Sweet Alice,
Your mom posted this picture with a title that said:

"Lessons In Descending".

As soon I saw that title I was moved to the spiritual meaning. 

You will find in your life that there are numerous lessons about "Ascending", making it to the top,

but there's not a lot "in the world" about "Descending".

What do I mean by Descending in a spiritual way?

One thing I mean is the work of dismantling your ego, moving from your head to your heart. It's a stripping away of all the conditioning that shapes us in our lives, all the conditioning that forms our sense of a self.  All of us who love you are doing that to your right now, in good ways and unintentionally in bad ways. Our wounds we give you are because we too are still working on this descending and dismantling. It's a life long process Alice and sometimes becoming parents and grandparents brings the best and the broken out of us.

This dismantling is a DESCENDING in spiritual terms. It is going to that place that Thomas Merton calls "the virgin point". That place were we see we are made in the image of God. It's what the Buddhist call "your original face before you where born". Paul Tillich my call that place "the ground of being".

So as you get caught up in this world's "ascending" (and you will), remember there is a way to be in this world and not of it. And if you begin that journey of DESCENDING,  you just might find your self "on top of the world". There are many paradoxes in the spiritual journey Alice.

How is this done?
Some hints: Silence, solitude, contemplation.

I will, if I haven't already, talk about these later.