The Waystead is a Hermitage of the Lindisfarne Community, established with the intent to foster the love of God in the world. My resolve is to follow the Way of the One in Whom we live and move and have our Being.
I trust that by thoughtfully founding, and steadfastly keeping, a dwelling place and setting it apart as a place of prayer, reflection, and contemplation, I will be able to hold onto that resolve.
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The Waystead Intentions
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
Waystead is a place dedicated to faithfully and trustfully holding space for
God’s Presence to inhabit this everyday world.
God’s help my intentions are:
One: To be faithful to my contemplative practice as God’s friend,
through my understanding of the meaning of compassion and good-will toward all beings.
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.
To go out my door with resolve, and to come in with grace; grounded in God,
and observing my intention to carry the spirit of the Waystead with me always,
in simple freedom; and to practice living in open-hearted affinity with Christ in all
beings, abandoning no-one.
To search for understanding and wisdom in my studies and reflections and to share the simple delight of
learning and discovery freely through my writing, rather than pursuing recognition or monetary gain.
To practice greeting joy and wonder, anxiety and frustration, delight and ease,
anger and grief as welcome guests; with equanimity and an open heart.
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.
To practice paying attention in calm awareness with a still heart, and bring
that awareness into my prayer, my travels, my work, and my rest.
To practice compassion toward my own and other’s mistakes; to practice
awareness of my own and other’s limitations, and to practice figuring out
a path in life which leads to well-being.
To regularly engage in some rigorous physical art or skill as a practice of
To practice waiting on God, to learn to stop where understanding stops, and
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 all live and move and
have our Being.
Acts 11:1-18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 11 The emissaries and the brothers throughout Y’hudah heard that the Goyim had received the word of God; 2 but when Kefa went up to Yerushalayim, the members of the Circumcision faction criticized him, 3 saying, “You went into the homes of uncircumcised men and even ate with them!” 4 In reply, Kefa began explaining in detail what had actually happened: 5 “I was in the city of Yafo, praying; and in a trance I had a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came down to me. 6 I looked inside and saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, crawling creatures and wild birds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!’ 8 I said, ‘No, sir! Absolutely not! Nothing unclean or treif has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But the voice spoke again from heaven: ‘Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled back up into hea…
Lectionaries are funny things— weird, abstruse little lists
of biblical passages by number, sort of like tide tables or bus schedules. Today’s
Lectionary passages (for 3-9-2018, the week of the third Sunday in Lent) are:
Psalm 88; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; and Mark 6:47-56 About a month ago I posted a reflection in response to
Abbess Jane’s Lectionary Musings blog on the same passage from Corinthians as the
one listed for today in the Daily Office Readings Lectionary (BCP). That was
supposed to be the reading for the 6th Sunday of Epiphany, according
to +Jane, but I just can’t find it anywhere. I looked up Epiphany 6 in both the
Daily Office Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary—not there. It’s not
the reading from the Lindisfarne Community’s A Way of Living Lectionary for
either Year 1 or 2 either. Oh well. I was never the sort of autist who is fascinated by such
things as bus schedules. I am much more inclined to be enthralled by maps. I
wonder if I could make a L…
Psalm 142 By the road that I am walking they have hidden a snare for me. Numbers 24: 1-13 “I summoned you to curse my enemies. But here, you have done nothing but bless them — three times already!" Romans 8: 12-17 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear... Matthew 22: 15-22 “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me?
The Way: Snares, contrariness, fear, and traps. That’s samsara, is what that is. The literal meaning of “samsara” is “continuous flow.” If you want a synonym for ‘samsara’ maybe “flux” would do.
Necks in a noose, getting the opposite of what we expect, being betrayed by freedom, and hearing our own double-dealing words echo in our ears. There’s no escaping it, until we stop trying to escape it. That’s when all the sticky tangles just dissolve without even a sizzle. Where did they go? Who cares? There are so many clues embedded in our language that tell us what we already know: “There ya go.” — “It is what it is.” — “Even so.” — “Can’…