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The Waystead Intentions

The name “Waystead” is meant to suggest both a place that is in motion, and at rest; a place both holy and entirely ordinary; a place both absolutely safe and utterly defenseless.
The Waystead is a place dedicated to faithfully and trustfully holding space for God’s Presence to inhabit this everyday world. 

With God’s help our intentions are:

One: To mutually sustain one another in our contemplative practice as God’s friends, through our friendship as anamchara.
Two: To keep and hold the Waystead as a haven of safety and peace, as a clear space to be a preserve of solitude, and as a locus for encountering the Living God.
Three: To go out our door with resolve, and to come in with grace; grounded in God, and observing our intention to carry the spirit of the Waystead with us always, in simple freedom; and to live in open-hearted affinity with Christ, in all beings, abandoning no-one.
Four: To search for mutual understanding and wisdom in our studies and reflections in order to enlarge our spirits, and share with one another the simple delight of learning and discovery, rather than pursuing singular achievement.
Five: To practice greeting joy and wonder, anxiety and frustration, delight and ease, anger and grief as welcome guests; with equanimity and an open heart.
Six: To accept no burden from anyone which is not freely given and freely taken; and to practice working easily in the world, aware of what measure of strength and energy is present and within reach.
Seven: To practice paying attention in calm awareness with a still heart, and bring that awareness into our prayer, our travels, our work, and our rest.
Eight: To practice compassion toward our own and other’s mistakes; to practice awareness of our own and each other’s limitations, and to practice figuring out a path in life which leads to well-being.
Nine: To regularly engage in some rigorous physical art or skill as a practice of embodiment.
Ten: To practice waiting on God, to learn to stop where understanding stops, and remain there.
Eleven: To practice silence, both as an everyday matter of not-talking, and an inward grace of Noble Silence, which is in and of God in whom we live and move and have our Being.




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