I’ve always thought of my
spiritual biography as beginning with my
meditation practice – but that doesn’t account for
what caused me to seek an ongoing meditation practice in the
first place, which was, of course, my spirituality.
After about three years of a twice-daily practice in meditation, unexpected results began to surface. I was still making my living as a freelance writer for business clients, but I felt drawn to develop a spiritual newsletter that I called Life Stories. The subtitle was for increased peace and joy in your life. The printed newsletter was free of charge to recipients, and eventually I was mailing it (via the US postal service) to people in 47 US states plus the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada. By the last year it was also available through a website.
Soon another new thing emerged: I began to feel drawn to research theology schools and discovered Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry (STM). I was daunted by the question of how I could ever afford a degree program on a freelancer’s income, but my partner encouraged me to “just sign up for one class and see how it goes.”
I graduated from STM in 2004 with a master of arts in transforming spirituality. For five years I offered spiritual direction, in keeping with training received at STM, and I also regularly attended sessions with spiritual directors as a directee. Meanwhile I had closed my freelance business and gone to work full-time for one of my former clients. I resumed my small spiritual direction practice in 2011. By the end of 2012, I was back earning my living as a freelancer.
The spiritual arena that most draws me now is writing novels that tell stories with the potential to benefit other people’s spiritual lives. In 2011 I completed a mystical novel entitled Dancing on the Whisper of God, which tells the story of a choreographer who feels compelled to create a ballet on prayer despite the fact that it’s a theme he doesn’t understand … and he has only 63 days before Opening Night. The book was published in early 2014. Check out the book website, www.dancingonthewhisperofgod.com. I’d love to know what you think!
My home is in the Seattle area, with my partner of 24 years and enough animals to keep the house full of love.