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In the meantime, “Life Goes On” by Howard Thurman

“During these turbulent times we must remind ourselves repeatedly that life goes on.

This we are apt to forget.

The wisdom of life transcends our wisdoms; the purpose of life outlasts our purposes; the process of life cushions our processes.

The mass attack of disillusion and despair, distilled out of the collapse of hope, has so invaded our thoughts that what we know to be true and valid seems unreal and ephemeral. There seems to be little energy left for aught but futility.

This is the great deception.

By it whole peoples have gone down to oblivion without the will to affirm the great and permanent strength of the clean and the commonplace.

Let us not be deceived.

It is just as important as ever to attend to the little graces by which the dignity of our lives is maintained and sustained.

Birds still sing; the stars continue to cast their gentle gleam over the desolation of the battlefields, and the heart is still inspired by the kind word and the gracious deed.

There is no need to fear evil.

There is every need to understand what it does, how it operates in the world, what it draws upon to sustain itself.

We must not shrink from the knowledge of the evilness of evil.

Over and over we must know that the real target of evil is not destruction of the body, the reduction to rubble of cities; the real target of evil is to corrupt the human spirit and to give the soul the contagion of inner disintegration.

When this happens, there is nothing left, the very citadel of the human being is captured and laid waste.

Therefore, the evil in the world around us must not be allowed to move from without to within.

This would be to be overcome by evil.

To drink in the beauty that is within reach, to clothe one’s life with simple deeds of kindness, to keep alive a sensitiveness to the movement of the spirit of God in the quietness of the human heart and in the workings of the human mind— this is as always the ultimate answer to the great deception.

[Excerpted from Meditations of the Heart (Beacon Press, 1981), 110-11 with modest adaption]

12 great spiritual leaders


Interested in the InterPlay Life Practice Program for Spiritual Leaders. Do you get it about dancing, singing, and telling stories? Want to go deeper?

Online Information Sessions Next Wednesday, July 26, 2017 • 10:30 am (CA time)
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The Mystic Braid

I will mine my own tradition for in it my DNA best sings it’s fertile song. A tradition is not just a bunch of words and images. It is a deeply physical legacy, a root system of higher knowledge. 

I also take guidance from other traditions. Some wisdom is best revealed in another lineage. From it I look back into my own wisdom tradition and revel in how it appears there without my previously seeing it!

Many have more than one ancestral spiritual line. Thank goodness we have a lifetime to cherish and live into all that is in the wisdom braid. We don’t have to integrate everything, just appreciate each element, idea, principle as a complete art form. To make any human expression other than a single art form is idolatry. 

Today I bow to the hidden and revealed wisdom of so many lineages that dance in me, and particularly that of Christian Mystics inspired to love past convention. As I do I also quake with the horrors done in their name. Nothing is pure. Still, great love endures, apart from all we make. I trace the braid back to that knowledge again and again.

The Amazing Winton- My Dad

The first horseless carriage driven cross-country? The Winton.

A Dr. Horatio Nelson bet fifty bucks in San Francisco in 1903 that he could drive to the East Coast.

The challenge? No roads.

The auto he chose? It was invented by Alexander Winton, the Scottish-American automobile engine designer who used racing to inspire Americans to imagine the need for long distance hiways.

Reminds me of dad, Hal Winton. Born of Swedish and Scotch-Irish parents he had uphill plans. Even before retiring as an engineer he collected feats. He climbed Mt. Whitney, ran the John Muir trail, traversed the Grand Canyon back and forth any number of times and at age 60 completed multiple 100-mile mountain races in one year, what ultrarunners call The Grand Slam.

A long hard trek through wild country was to drink the nectar of life.  Each summer he ran twenty-four hour loop behind our family cabin in Trinity County, navigating ridges with no trails and in the dark. My sister and I partly joked that he might end his days next to a rock somewhere. He had a trac phone, but few had his number. We had to prepare ourselves for whatever might happen….(read more)

InterPlay as a Life Practice for Spiritual Leaders

Dear friends,

I am whoosing around the U.S. at the moment, caring for elders, teaching InterPlay, and hanging out with friends, old and new. I’ll soon head to Pennsylvania to colead Changing the Race Dance and then to Raleigh, Durham to colead a Dying to Live Tour and Cabaret introduction with my husband Stephen, the hospice chaplain. But, not before celebrating my birthday at home in my new Jingletown Art Studio on the edge of Oakland where I make playful shrines to anything I can lay my hands on.

This Fall I will again be leading the InterPlay Life Practice Program for Spiritual Leaders. What a joy to teach directly to the way an artful, playful, body wise consciousness informs spiritual intelligence. InterPlay was designed to engage body, mind, heart, and soul all together. Most powerfully, this consciousness doesn’t ask anyone to change or grow. How miraculous in such driven, product oriented, problem solving obsessed cultures.

InterPlay is recognized and taught by respected Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Religious Science, Wiccan, and Divine Feminine leaders. By focusing on the common ground of being bodies with extraordinary creativity and love, a Zen priest, a Rabbi, an Earth guided spiritual leader, a Pastor, Chaplain, Spiritual Director or Priest can explore a common wisdom that flows in unique and vital directions.

InterPlay’s elegant, easy creative practices allow us to move with more grace and ease even in landscapes filled with physical suffering. As mystics, blessed to serve, we explore the physical shifts between our roles, our direct relationship to the Highest Good, and just being ourselves. We pray and play as the whole bodies beings we are designed to be. As I like to say, “when we do this, it lights up the Motherboard!” All of creation become our playmates.

An opening and closing retreat at InterPlayce, eight online sessions, and 3 hour long spiritual direction sessions are included. The online visual and interactive sessions are similar to Skype. Zoom rooms allow participants to move together, be witnessed, learn and share in a present time community. It’s the easiest platform I know to get into meetings.  If you like you could explore the Online Dance Chapel to see if this would work for you.

Learn why InterPlay leaders are some of the best equipped for millennial, intergenerational collaboration, interfaith connection, and social justice. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program email me at I’ll be offering an information session soon.

Opening & Closing Retreats: Oct 2-5, 2017 & April 9-12, 2018 • 8 online wisdom teachings: Tues 9–11 am PST • Oct 2017 – Mar 2018  Read more about the program on the InterPlay website.,

A second time option for the online wisdom teaching is under consideration.

In the meanwhile, blessings on all your dancing, spirited leadership, and on the prayers you offer for so many!

Love,  Cynthia