Holy Reverie Blog

The limits of longing

As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so my soul longs for you, O God. Ps. 42:1             Several years ago I rediscovered Rainer Maria Rilke and dove deeply into his poetry. One line in particular stopped me in my tracks: go to the limits of your longing. I wrote it down, taped it to my computer at work, and carry it in my wallet. These words come in the middle of a small and exquisitely beautiful poem in Rilke’s "Book of Hours" and... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 5 comments
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Seeking happiness

by Ben Robertson, Associate Rector A few years ago, Time magazine featured a cover story and a series of supplementary pieces on “The Science of Happiness.” These articles explored the latest research on happiness as well as the links between health and happiness, wealth and happiness, marriage and happiness, sports and happiness, pets and happiness, etc. One of my favorite stories profiled the rise of “laughter clubs” in India where people gather each morning for a few low-impact yoga... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 0 comments
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The power of grace

I recently read Malcom Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath , about how many personal qualities that society perceives as disadvantages might in fact be advantages. As Gladwell puts it, “We have a definition in our heads of what an advantage is — and the definition isn’t right. And what happens as a result? It means that we make mistakes. It means that we misread battles between underdogs and giants. It means that we underestimate how much freedom there can be in what... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 1 comments
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Tiny Stirrings

I have a friend who used to run a ranch in New Mexico. She raised about five hundred beef cattle on twenty thousand acres--a small operation as ranches go. But to my city slicker eyes it seemed a vast expanse, sprawling, exciting. A couple of hands lived on the place to help, but mostly Nikki kept the whole thing going herself. Especially when it came to looking after the cows.             One day—it was in January—she... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 8, 2014 | 1 comments
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