PLANS – OR VISION?

by Krista E. Hughes In his poem “What To Remember When Waking” poet David Whyte describes the moment we wake from sleep, noting that fleeting sliver of time between our waking and our planning of the day before us. He cautions that our life is much too large for the limited plans we make for it.…

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HOLDING THE AMBIGUITIES

by Krista E. Hughes Stress and ease. Anxiety and joy. Boredom and fulfillment. Disappointment and good fortune. Affliction and health. All of these mark the comings and goings of my daily life: “If she does not stop wailing,” I think of my 17-year-old cat, “I am going to go mad.” “When she dies, I will be…

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PRESENCE TO PROCESS

By Krista E. Hughes It hangs on the wall of my office, scripted in calligraphy by a friend’s sister: “My greatest commitment is to the process of creative transformation rather than any one of its products.” So says Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., the process-relational world’s great sage. It hangs as a reminder. For while…

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THE LARGENESS OF LIFE

By Krista E. Hughes Stacks-and-piles vs. Hours-and-days: In my last post that’s how I described the default mode of my approach to life most days. I am not proud of this. It’s just the honest truth. Despite my deeper wisdom that the moments of life are a gift, the demands of making a living—even of…

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GOT TIME?

By Krista E. Hughes What does your “real life” look like? Most days it seems I can measure mine along two intersecting axes: There are the stacks and piles: papers to grade… dishes to wash… bills to pay… clothes to launder… correspondence to return… dust bunnies beasts to sweep up… books to read… projects to…

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HUMILITY AS EMPOWERMENT

By Krista E. Hughes As I got on my yoga mat last week, I thought about my bio for this blog series. “Did I really say that I humble myself on my yoga mat?” This surprised me a bit. In my writing and teaching, I tend to problematize the Christian notion of humility, for too…

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