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Orient Lodge · 3d ago

Camino du Jour

It is the first Saturday of Easter, and I am approaching…. The problem is, I’m not sure what I’m approaching nor what I am leaving. Unlike walking the Camino de Santiago, even with its di...
Orient Lodge · 5d ago

The Airport

For ages, I have been a luggage handler at the airport of the emotionally damaged. I have seen all kinds of baggage; big and bulky, sturdy suffering that lasts forever, and the carefully cra...
Orient Lodge · 2W ago

Tenebrae

Stay here, remain here with me, watch and pray. That feeling when… your coworker comes to talk about a project that she is working with on and you can see that she is struggling with somet...
Orient Lodge · 3W ago

Ouch: Further Reflection on Daring to Become Dependent

The past couple of weeks have been very busy for me. It seems like just about every evening there are two or three events that I should attend, usually at the same time. So, I’ve not been ...
Orient Lodge · 4W ago

Fear of Becoming

I am afraid of stepping outside of my comfort zone I am afraid of entering the unknown quadrant of the Johari window. I am afraid of confronting my unconscious incompetencies. I am afraid of...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Confessions of a Muslim Episcopalian

In the aftermath of the Trump election, friends of mine were posting online that if a Muslim registry gets set up, they would register as Muslims. Others questioned whether this was a meani...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

The Labyrinth and The Rhizome

The labyrinth is fairly simple though there are many turns there is only one way forward and the question is do we mindfully persevere. The rhizome is much more complicated but much more for...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Infancy

We start off as infant solipsists. We are all that exist, and our sensations. We sense hunger and wetness and if these senses don’t change we emit another existential scream. We perceive an ...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Birth

With a push and a plop we come into this world a sticky mess of needs. With a slap on the back we take our first breath and let out our first existential scream. Without the team around us w...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Attentiveness

My right eyelid twitches. Am I stressed? Am I overtired? Am I lacking some vitamins? Is it something else, or just a coincidence? I think back to my cough when I entered certain rooms after ...