Endings (A reflection on Mark 16)

Endings are arbitrary and illusory. “The End” is never really the end. Just think of most of our conventional story endings: the guy gets the girl, the hero saves the day, “they lived happily ever after,” and the underdog comes out on top — none of these are actual endings at all: the guy may … Continue reading Endings (A reflection on Mark 16)

The story I’m telling myself is …

Continuing on the narrative kick I’ve been on lately, this week’s practice turns from looking at the wisdom we can find in literature to the potential and pitfalls of the stories we tell ourselves from moment to moment. BackgroundPaying attention to the narratives in our heads is nothing new. It is for example the basis … Continue reading The story I’m telling myself is …

Owning Your Story (Or, the Best Date I’ve Ever Had)

I’ve been thinking a lot about narrative again lately. Partly this is because I’ve been in a run of excellent novels. Partly it’s because of the ‘Fiction as a Sacred Text’ practice from last week. But also, particularly this week, a number of books, podcasts, and other media (particularly the truly remarkable Nanette) have in … Continue reading Owning Your Story (Or, the Best Date I’ve Ever Had)

Fiction as a Sacred Text

I’m a great lover of books, and especially fiction. I’ve been in a particularly good run of interesting and thoughtful books lately, so, I was excited to see this week’s sacred practice come up on the schedule: to treat a piece of fiction as a sacred text. BackgroundLike most people, I was first exposed to … Continue reading Fiction as a Sacred Text