Mike Morrell http://mikemorrell.org Opti-mystic meditations on Spirit, Culture, & Permaculture Mon, 11 Sep 2017 06:43:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 28121023 Terrifying Freedom | Linda Smith http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/terrifying-freedom-linda-smith/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/terrifying-freedom-linda-smith/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 06:33:20 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6055

What follows is a Speakeasy excerpt from Terrifying Freedom, Linda Anne Smith’s debut novel. Amidst the large number of women joining the community, Sr. Rebecca Marise drew no particular attention. She entered at nineteen with some college education—typical of many—and went through the formation process in stride with the rest. Her reports were consistently positive yet […]]]>
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The Reality and Goodness of the World: Tantric Jesus | James Reho http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/the-reality-and-goodness-of-the-world-tantric-jesus-james-reho/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/08/the-reality-and-goodness-of-the-world-tantric-jesus-james-reho/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 03:30:32 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6039

What follows is the first of several excerpts from one of this month’s Speakeasy book review selections, Tantric Jesus, wherein Episcopal Priest and tantric initiate James Reho makes a provocative proposal: Original Christian spirituality, as practiced in the early church and by Jesus himself, was tantric in nature. In the West, Tantra often evokes images of arcane rituals or acrobatic sexuality, […]]]>
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“I Have Disarmed Myself” | The Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/i-have-disarmed-myself-the-wisdom-of-hazrat-inayat-khan/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/i-have-disarmed-myself-the-wisdom-of-hazrat-inayat-khan/#comments Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:09:11 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=6003

Someone once asked Inayat Khan – founder of the Sufi Order International (now The Inayati Order) and beloved Murshid (or Teacher) to many – “Are you a pessimist?” “No,”  Pir-o-Murshid replied. “An optimist, but with open eyes.” * * * * * * * Someone said to Murshid, “I heard them talk against you.” “Did they?” said he. […]]]>
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Ask Me Anything: In Conversation with Cara Meredith [Interview] http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/ask-me-anything-in-conversation-with-cara-meredith-interview/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/ask-me-anything-in-conversation-with-cara-meredith-interview/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:12:58 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5997

I recently connected with writer, speaker, pastor, podcaster, coach, mama, wife, and activist-theologian Cara Meredith. We talk about The Divine Dance, the writing life, and the experiences that change us. Let’s dive into Cara’s questions, shall we? Tell us a bit about yourself, will you?  Hi Cara – thank you for having me here today. Sure thing! […]]]>
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Raindrops of Love for a Thirsty World http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/raindrops-of-love-for-a-thirsty-world/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/06/raindrops-of-love-for-a-thirsty-world/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:11:09 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5992

Mike’s note: Scripture attests to an astonishing spiritual reality: A world created by, through, and sustained within a God Who’s all-in-all. We are given the dignity to remain in separation concsciousness if we so choose, but we can also “join to the Lord and become One Spirit” with God (1 Corinthians 6:17 ). What follows […]]]>
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Point Vierge: In Conversation with Alana Levandoski on Thomas Merton’s Winding Journey [Audio] http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/point-vierge-in-conversation-with-alana-levandoski-on-thomas-merton-winding-journey/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/point-vierge-in-conversation-with-alana-levandoski-on-thomas-merton-winding-journey/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 20:46:35 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5969

I recently sat down with my friend, contemplative singer-songwriter Alana Levandoski, to discuss her upcoming album exploring the life and spirituality of the 20th century Cistercian monk, scribe, and arguably leading mystic of modernity, Thomas Merton. This new album – entitled Point Vierge: the Journey of Thomas Merton in Song – is new collaboration with master contemplative […]]]>
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Garden Table Apocalypse | Diana Butler-Bass http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/garden-table-apocalypse-diana-butler-bass/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/garden-table-apocalypse-diana-butler-bass/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 16:17:36 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5926

Mike’s note: The following reflection from Diana Butler Bass – an excerpt from her book Grounded: Finding God in the World. Not surprisingly, in the wake of 9/11 certain Christians proclaimed that the attacks were part of biblical prophecy. God was warning America to prepare for CHrist’s return, and this signaled the end times. One might […]]]>
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The Proclamation of Basic Goodness | Ben Riggs http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/the-proclamation-of-basic-goodness-ben-riggs/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/the-proclamation-of-basic-goodness-ben-riggs/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 02:33:10 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5902

Mike’s note: What follows is a meditation in the vein of Finding God in the Body, Ben Riggs’ manifesto for embodied spirituality. Interested in a review copy? We still have a few copies for qualified bloggers via Speakeasy. Find out more here! “They took up stones to stone him,” John writes in Chapter 10, Verse 31. Jesus […]]]>
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God is Alive, Magic is Afoot | Leonard Cohen http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/god-is-alive-magic-is-afoot-leonard-cohen/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/god-is-alive-magic-is-afoot-leonard-cohen/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 03:44:37 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5880

Mike’s note: This is one of my favorite poems celebrating the unexpected splendor of new life out of anticipated death. Happy Easter, all you resurrection artists. God is alive, magic is afoot God is alive, magic is afoot God is afoot, magic is alive Alive is afoot, magic never died God never sickened Many poor […]]]>
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Jesus Is Our Peace | Stanley Hauerwas http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/jesus-peace-stanley-hauerwas/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/jesus-peace-stanley-hauerwas/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 02:18:07 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5860

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and […]]]>
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