Linda Irene

Can You Be Real in Your Spiritual Community?

It’s not always easy to find a community of people we can be ourselves with. I mean your messy, imperfect, and hurting self, not your public face.

All too often, people don't feel permission to show their messy side in a spiritual community, whether it's church, an Eastern religious

Linda Irene

A Contemplative's Prayer

This contemplative's prayer, written by by the monk and mystic, Thomas Merton strikes the heart of simplicity and spiritual honesty. It speaks to the genuine desire to belong to what is good and loving and holy. To belong to what is of God.

"My Lord God, I have no

Linda Irene



I don't know Who - or what - put the question, I don't know when it was put. I don't even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone - or Something - and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that,

Linda Irene

Does the Story Matter, Mom?

There were times it was obvious the pastor welcomed an end to my questions. I often had more questions than made them comfortable. I usually felt they expected me to believe everything at face value - but what made it come alive, and kept me engaged, was the ongoing exploration

Linda Irene

Risen Savior, Wisdom Teacher

I live in the thin place between Risen Savior and Wisdom Teacher. Rejecting Jesus as Wisdom Teacher because the vernacular is commonly associated with Buddhism makes little sense. Why can't Jesus be whatever Jesus is to those who experience him? Including those who practice other religions. If he's a wisdom

Linda Irene

Away With You.

Where did strong, powerful, empowered me go? I may as well be with the Mad-Hatter so he can remind me that I've lost my muchness. It's true. I have been much muchier.

Yet, here I sit typing away hoping something will walk across my heart and swipe up every last