MotherJana

Water is my wine. The earth is my body.

Tell Your Friends You Love Them

Growing up, my family was never big on the “love” word. When I tell my grandmother I love her, she giggles nervously. “I was always taught love something is you show. You don’t need to say it.” But that’s not true. You do need to say it. You do. There are many different ways of showing love. Plenty of us have read that “love languages” book. (It’s how I thought […]

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Your Participation is Required

A lot of times we get mad at God, or turn away, because we think things are not working out for us the way they’re supposed to. We’ve said our prayers, we’re nice to people. We go to church or read the Bible, or donate to someone’s charity. We’ve never killed a person, or robbed a bank. And yet we’re still left heartbroken or frustrated or suffocated by life. But […]

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How Should We Pray?

In one or other of the gospels, the disciples ask Jesus, “How should we pray?” And Jesus responds, “Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name….” This is all well and good, and it’s a powerful prayer and all, but it is now 2019, and we don’t live in Jerusalem. (But if you do, thanks for reading!) I have another idea. When you pray, pour your whole fucking […]

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Bring It On

One of my major flaws is my desire to figure everything out. I keep trying to crack the code of life, thinking all the answers lie on the other side of some bridge I’m about to cross, if I could only get closer to that bridge. But life is life. There is no figuring everything out. There is only letting go. The practice of surrender is a difficult one for […]

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Music Will Save You

Music has saved me so many times. Not long ago, I wrote a short story about a 12-year-old girl who was sad and lonely. She didn’t know what was what in her life, and she had already been through several heartbreaks. But she put on her Walkman and pressed Play, and the woman’s voice that sang in her ear told her she was not alone in her struggle. And at […]

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The Enlightened One

“You have no bucket, and the well is deep.” John 4:11 “Jesus is God but God is not Jesus.” –My 4-year-old daughter, Izzy.   Spiritual seekers are like the Samaritan woman who goes daily to the well, trying to fill up her bucket with water. We try this, and we try that, and we see what this or that will do, all so that we may find greater wholeness. We take […]

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The Sense and Essence Podcast, Episode 1: “Why Meditate?”

What’s the big deal about meditation? Why are people always talking about it? Can it really change your life? My friend Dan Staub and I very much believe it can, and for the better. In this first episode of our Sense and Essence Podcast, we discuss what initially brought each of us to meditation as well as some of the benefits we’ve noticed in our lives through a regular practice. […]

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