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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 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.
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 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.
Four: 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.
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 my prayer, my travels, my work, and my rest.
Eight: 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.
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 all live and move and have our Being.


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