Archive for December, 2006

Have you ever walked a labyrinth?

December 31, 2006


I recommend it if you haven’t. A spiritual practice dating back … well further than rush hour commutes, denominations, and the printed word. A simple journey – in, center, out. Prayers along the way, and the experience of feeling lost in the maze of lines, peace in the center, and fulfillment and clarity on the way out.

I’ve walked a labyrinth once in Norwich, England, and have been wanting to get to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. There they have an indoors and outdoors version available for the public. I finally made it the day before Christmas Eve. Since there was a Christmas service inside, I walked the one outside, which had good insight for me.

I walked in, sat down in the center for a minute, and started to walk out. A couple stop me as ask to take their families’ picture.

“We’re not interrupting your…uh…process or anything are we?”

Chuckling I said, “No, it’s part of the journey.”

I continued to keep walking as the service at the cathedral let out, and I was surrounded by kids running the labyrinth. The craziness of life surrounding me on the journey was a potent point. Flexibility to be mindful of those around me, and my own path – not one to the exclusion of the other, but both together.

Again, if you haven’t walked one, I suggest it if you get the chance. Or you can buy one: Ikea has a rug right now with the design printed on it. Yet walking the real thing is pretty amazing.


Urban sprawl … unhealthy?

December 26, 2006

You can spout all the opinons you want, but looks like the doc’s report is in: our urban sprawl/car based lifestyle is having more effect on our health than we’d like to admit. Check this article from Metropolis Magazine.

(via Social Design Notes)

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2006

I’m still in my PJ’s, and it’s after 2pm; some traditions are just too hard to break.

This year is a quiet one. My brother is spending his first Christmas married at home in New Mexico with his bride, Katherine. I slept in (which I’ve been doing a lot of lately) and opened presents with my parents (hooray for a REI One jacket and Felicity season two!). My mom is chopping something (celery by the sound of it), and my Dad is getting the BBQ ready for the turkey.

It seems I’ve been given a true break this season. I look around and I could read, blog, upload photos or help in the kitchen. Maybe I should get dressed… Regardless, I’m very grateful for the quiet break from school and life this year. I trust that your own holiday, busy or quiet, brings much joy.

Done. Next!

December 10, 2006

Some stats from quarter one:

3 classes
1 hard drive crash
bought 15 books
borrowed 2
checked out 20
at least 1 cup of coffee a day
took 2 midterms
wrote 7 book reviews
2 term papers: 13 and 8 pages
took 2 finals
all in 11 weeks

Towards the end, I just buckled down and get through the quarter. Now that I have and all the work is done, I don’t know quite what to do with myself…

I have grand visions of starting reading for next quarter, catching up freelance design work, painting, hiking, sleeping, cooking, baking (where is that coming from?), all while seriously relaxing.

Well… I’ve got plenty of time. My schedule for next quarter is a bit unique with my first class not starting until January 22nd in Park City, Utah (regular classes start January 2nd). I’m going to the Sundance Film Festival, which is also Fuller’s TC588: Theology, Film and Culture: Engaging Independent Film. I don’t need to say what an amazing opportunity that will be.

My other classes next quarter are not so dramatic, but will enrich the Sundance experience. I’ll be taking Theology and Culture and New Testament 2: Acts through Revelation. I’l also be auditing Church in Missions.

To start to engage independent films before I head to Utah, I’ve signed up for Blockbuster Online. There are so many independent films I haven’t seen, that I’ll take advantage of some time off to catch up. I just watched Whale Rider, which is a new favorite. It’s a modern story of a young girl, her tribe in New Zealand, and the struggle to become who she is clearly meant to be – a leader of her people. It was amazing.

I’d be really interested to hear of any movie suggestions, particularly films that have had an impact on you recently.

Ok, I’m procrastinating…

December 6, 2006

Saw this on ysmarko’s blog. The rules are:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest!

The closest thing was my American Church History textbook (notice the Thomas Benton painting on the front? Very cool!). Anyway, here’s the 5th through 8th sentence…

History of Christianity in the United States and Canada

“Britain’s official policy after the Treaty of Paris in 1763 was to anglicize the French Canadians, including their religion. But in practice, successive governors allowed the Catholic Church to go its own way, realizing that anglicization simply was not realistically possible. A series of delicate negotiations involving Quebec’s senior clergy, the British governor, and the papacy was required to secure the appointment of the first bishop under British rule. This bishop, Jean-Olivier Briand, whose consecration finally took place in March 1766, turned out to be an effective guide to his Catholic parishioners and an irenic conciliator with the British. This, despite its anomalous status as a Roman Catholic enclave in the antipapist British Empires, Quebec maintained its course.”

Do I get extra points if one of my sentences was already highlighted?

Quotable 2

December 3, 2006

“The journey is my home.”
-Muriel Rukeyser, poet

God is opening my eyes to several different themes running through my life: mainly accepting the past journeys in my life are who I am, my home. I can accept that my one day trip to Brugge, Belgium in 2001 was not a strange episode of long-ago past travels tagged on to the end of my study abroad in England. Instead its part of a collage of who I am today as much as my life here in Pasadena is right now.

I’m also developing some thoughts on creativity as I’ve been doing research for a paper over at the Art Center College of Art and Design. In once sentence, to be creative, one must be in an environment that fosters it. I think I might take to studying in their library where students are sketching at the tables next to me with both pencils and electronic tablets connected to their computers. It makes a part of me come alive to be around creatives, just as my spiritual journey is alive at Fuller. But what does that mean to live what feels like a fragmented life?

Anyway, more on this when I get through finals and can breathe again…