Anxiety & Radical Hospitality

Many of you know that I struggle with anxiety. Sometimes it feels like I’m winning that struggle, and sometimes I’m manifestly not. Recently, I’ve started choosing different words to approach it. Instead of a struggle, or a battle, how can I understand and engage with this unwanted companion? 

One new frame I’m exploring came through my contemplative practice, and specifically my multi-week study and continuing engagement with the 8 principles of the Monk Manifesto over at Abbey of the Arts.

Obviously, I’m not a monk. My friends, I’m not even a Catholic. The question of whether I am a Christian of any sort is a beautiful wide-open door. And?

And I’m finding a lot of wisdom in studying monastic spirituality. This week at Abbey of the Arts, I’m the guest blogger, discussing some surprising encounters with the principle of hospitality. Click here to read my reflections on the Abbey’s blog.

As always, thanks for being present on the path — mine, and yours, too. You are a living, speaking, breathing blessing.

Waning crescent moon on a morning of flying clouds in early December
December Moon
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4 thoughts on “Anxiety & Radical Hospitality

  1. This is a beautiful blessing, Tara! I read it on Abbey of the Arts and found you here. I’ve shared it by email with friends (attributed, of course). Would love to share on Facebook or via my own blog, with your permission. Thank you for the blessing!

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      I’m so glad this blessing has found resonance with you. You are most welcome to share it! I would love if you included a link back to this site, if that makes sense for the sharing format you had in mind.

      Many blessings to you!

      Tara

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  2. Beautiful as always. ❤️

    On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 6:49 AM Conversations with Landscape wrote:

    > Tara K. Shepersky posted: ” Many you know that I struggle with anxiety. > Sometimes it feels like I’m winning that struggle, and sometimes I’m > manifestly not. Recently, I’ve started choosing different words to approach > it. Instead of a struggle, or a battle, how can I understand and” >

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