Mike Morrell http://mikemorrell.org Opti-mystic meditations on Spirit, Culture, & Permaculture Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:52:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 28121023 “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 – is part of a special guest-post series anticipating this November’s Gospel of Peace Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This unprecedented gathering, taking place November 2-4, 2017, features Diana, Richard Rohr, Stanley Hauerwas, Danielle […]]]>
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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

Mike’s note: The following reflection from Dr. Stanley Hauerwas is part of a special guest-post series anticipating this November’s Gospel of Peace Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This unprecedented gathering, taking place November 2-4, 2017, features Dr. Hauerwas, Diana Butler-Bass, Richard Beck, Douglas Campbell, Danielle Shroyer, Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, Michael Hardin, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and […]]]>
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Blessed are the Weird | Jacob Nordby http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/blessed-weird-mystics-jacob-nordby/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/blessed-weird-mystics-jacob-nordby/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:29:38 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5871

Mike’s note: What follows is an excerpt from Blessed are the Weird, a field manual for reclaiming your creative soul and healing the world. Interested in a review copy? We still have a few eBook copies for qualified bloggers via Speakeasy. Find out more here! Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. – Rumi Let’s wade into the deep end […]]]>
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Psalm 32 – Opening to You. http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/psalm-32-opening/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/psalm-32-opening/#comments Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:58:24 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5847

Happy is the one who is forgiven Whose wound is healed Happy the one restored to your harmony In whose spirit there is no more deceit When I held my silence My bones grew brittle with crying all day For by day and night your hand lay heavy on me And my life’s moisture dried […]]]>
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