MotherJana

Water is my wine. The earth is my body.

Without a Map

“Keep yourself a stranger and pilgrim upon earth, to whom the affairs of this world are of no concern. Keep your heart free and lifted up to God, for here you have no abiding city.” –Thomas a Kempis, The Inner Life On my solo journey through Europe, I have realized I have a much better time, and am led to much better places, when I don’t rely on a map. […]

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Writing and Love

“Everything is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of new clarity: that alone is living the artist’s life: in understanding as in creating.” –Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet […]

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The Wisdom of Cameron Crowe

I can’t help myself. I just keep thinking about Cameron Crowe movies, the ones I watched over and over again in high school and college. The guy’s sort of a genius. First, let’s take a look at Lloyd Dobler, from Say Anything. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Lloyd is a yogi, ahead of his time. A Bhakti yogi, the stream of devotion. Only, he doesn’t direct […]

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Be an Instrument

The Holy Spirit has many channels. If one doesn’t work, she finds another. She is infinitely creative. We always have a choice in this life whether to work with Her, to allow her in, or to toil on our own while staying lost and confused. I don’t know that I believed in God, or could use that word without choking, for a long time. But when my son was born […]

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What’s Different About You?

Isn’t it cute the way we walk around thinking we’re God? We move through our lives making everything in the image of our own likeness, deciding what’s right and wrong, how everything should subscribe to our own belief systems. We pick and choose and run toward some things and away from others. We tell ourselves our life is our own creation, that everything is in our own hands. We all […]

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House of the Virgins

Everything you need, at any moment, is right in front of you. You just haven’t been taught to see. We are born into this life thinking our salvation comes from attaining. We must get toys and houses and bigger cars with televisions in the back seats. And when that doesn’t work, some of us turn to spirituality. We go to yoga retreats and get certifications or sign up for classes […]

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Mother, Father, and Child

I always knew a mother’s love. My mother was never perfect, because no one is. There have been plenty of times as an adult that I’ve looked back on my childhood ticking my fingers, thinking about what could have been done better, or handled differently. But on this point there was never a doubt: my mother has, and continues to, love me fiercely, wildly, with a passion I can’t explain. […]

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