Beliefs

Where Did It Go?

Recently I looked up and my world had changed significantly. My Babies have babies. Mommy will be 92. Honored to be the officiant at my longest life friend’s homegoing service, along with doing the memorial services for my two Morehouse roommates. And if that’s not enough, I find…

Turtle Time

The Garden Spices editor has a way of planting seeds that sprout and reach out in unexpected directions for nourishment. As a result, I have been accused of obsessing about the word time- it’s connotations and creative interpretations. The word time just seems to jump out at me wherever I go. Now…

WEB OF LIFE CONNECTIONS

There are multiple metaphors for connectedness: Perhaps Native American Chief Seattle said it best when he spoke about The Web of Life: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All…

Alabama Connections: The Circle

So an important part of my trip to Alabama was the workshop held, whose second half turned into a powerful healing ceremony. I remember teaching about the state of Wuji – Emptiness, also known as Sunyata. I pointed out that the medicine wheel, mandala, and all these sacred…

Words of Russell Clayton: Connection

TOGETHERNESS REQUIRES SACRIFICE When couples argue, they often stop talking to each other. This posturing only grows the divide between them. Open communication is essential to any successful partnership. It’s never about who is wrong or right, that’s just ego. It’s more about who’s willing to drop the…

There is No Shelter in Either/Or

For years I have been hearing that the “Goddess is emerging”. I have understood the statement to mean that when the feminine energies are brought into balance with the masculine energies, people, in wholeness, can exist in harmony with all life. What does harmony look like in practical…

Blossom: Discovering Dr. Joyce Brown

As a Garden Spices Contributor, Dr. Joyce Brown has graced our pages with her many insights on caregiving, education, and affirming the beauty of life. However, nothing is more heart rendering than when she lets us peek into her family’s strength, revealing the foundation for how she became…

God’s Shelter: Poems by Shauna Smith

TIME “Time is a gift,” they say but yet it is never wrapped with a bow or a name on a card. “Time is a gift,” they say but it is never hidden for a special occasion. For it is offered freely, handed over without expectation by the…

Words by Russell Clayton: Peace and Three Cs for Shelter

BRING PEACE TO ANY SITUATION THAT ARISES Some people bear their suffering better than others. When you are suffering, don’t add any negative thoughts to an already bad situation. Bring a positive attitude, peace, and stillness to whatever situation that arises. Don’t get caught up wanting things to…

Church!

“Riddle me this: What did the Hood (Black Community) smell like on Easter Eve when we were growing up? Jeopardy Music…Time! Burning Hair.” The RevDr I wrote down many ideas, behaviors, and things that were expected of me as I was growing up. Those expectations were generated through…