When Breathing is Listening

A few years ago, I participated in a workshop about active listening. I assumed I was a good listener—I’m attentive, I look people in the eye, I nod along, acknowledging our shared experience. What I did not realize is that this is not, in fact, active listening. Our guide paired us off and we sat […]

When I Am Not A Lie

“I want to unfold. I don’t want to stay folded anywhere, because where I am folded, there I am a lie.” Rainer Maria Rilke I wake at 6:23 I don’t set an alarm Either my body wakes or the three-year-old satellite that perpetually orbits me enters my atmosphere and crushes me with early morning love […]

Bloom Where You Are Planted

By: Courtney Beck | Twitter: @CourtneyBeck83 When I left a coveted job in Baltimore to join my husband in Houston for graduate school I remember thinking two things: “What an awesome opportunity I’ve had to work here,” followed by “I would never want to lead an organization like this.” To be clear, I absolutely love everything […]

Learning to Fight Like Grown-Ups

Recently an interview with Eugene Peterson made waves when it appeared that he had changed his views on same sex marriage. Even as I read the words in the interview I knew what was coming next: the yelling and the fights, the crowds ready to throw out the man’s entire life work because they were […]

The Gate, Part II

Here is a thing that I’m learning: At some point in your life, you will walk through the gate that someone’s life made for you–a space in the exact shape of their unique, specific being, much the same shape as a question mark, so that you can finally enter the world. It will change everything […]