Author Archives: Soul Intention

About Soul Intention

"Spirituality is, ultimately, about what we do with...desire. What we do with our longings, both in terms of handling the pain and the hope they bring us, that is our spirituality." from The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser. Paraphrasing what Gerald May has said, in his book Will and Spirit, spirituality is our experience and interpretation of our relationship with the Sacred. The intent of this blog is to explore for myself, and to invite others to explore with me, just what is it we do with our desire? What is our spirituality? Mine has been shaped by many my formative years, by the Roman Catholic church. In the last decade, by the 12 steps. Most recently, by the Episcopal Church. And, always, always, by the sense that Nature helped to reveal the Great Mystery, of which we are all a part. So, my spirituality includes concrete practices, like the Steps, as well as probing more philosophical matters. I was certified, in January 2011, as a Spiritual Director by the Haden Institute. During those 21 months of study, which included a broad range of topics from Celtic Spirituality, to the Christian Mystics, to Jungian Depth psychology, I was given the space and time to ponder my own spiritual journey, hear about others' paths, and benefit from participation in an intentional community. My hope is that this blog can engender a similar conversation. Peace, Paul

Healing of Memories

In certain circles, we say, “If it’s hysterical, it’s historical.” This past Friday evening, we began our Healing of Memories workshop in a similar vein. We were led by Fr. Michael Lapsley, who lost his hands and one eye in a … Continue reading

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“Full of Yes”

This morning I felt compelled to pray. Instead, I wrote a poem. Some, like Mary Oliver, would say, “same thing.” I wrote because the prayer I would have said (Hail, Mary) did not seem right. It seemed too perfect, idealistic. I … Continue reading

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“I Am Afraid”

I said this aloud to someone the other day. It took me hours to accomplish the task. Why? First, I had to figure out what I felt, at bottom. For me, this requires a sifting, or sorting through. When I have fear-based … Continue reading

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Ready To Go

Late yesterday afternoon, time seemed to collapse for a moment. As I sat in a chair, facing out into the woods, I saw myself more than 12 years earlier, doing the very same thing. At that time, as now, the … Continue reading

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We were waiting at the counter. Of the 4 employees behind it, 3 were engaged in some problem. The fourth was engaged with another couple, answering questions, making recommendations, carrying on leisurely. I was pacing back and forth between the … Continue reading

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God or god?

“The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt.” Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be I was in the laundry-room-cum-library of my building this morning, looking for a paperback … Continue reading

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Year in Review

I confess to a liking for ritual. I have come to see that ritual actions – celebratory or sorrowful; public or private – help me to solemnize significant moments, such as beginnings or endings, as well as longer transitions. I … Continue reading

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In moving toward my personal brave new worlds….of consulting, and independent projects, and collaborations with wonderful colleagues….and of leaving the Hudson Valley to create more room for all those efforts to burgeon… I find myself mulling the “Always”, “Only” and … Continue reading

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Cost and Promise

It is becoming clear to me that I want a different work configuration. And, perhaps a different configuration of my time, and life, in general. Since my full-time corporate job ended, I have been engaged in a number of new … Continue reading

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Dream Time

It has been about 6 weeks since my lay-off. I have abandoned the obligatory, inauthentic, half-heartedly self-imposed feeling of guilt that comes with not working. I am now enjoying myself. Make no mistake – I am looking for work. I … Continue reading

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