: Elizabeth Cunningham
Where you live: New York State’s Hudson Valley
What you do as a vocation or avocation? I am a writer–novels, poems, lately essays or what is called creative non-fiction. I also sing and make up songs (feels more like that than composing). I have inherited the care of my mother-in-law’s gardens. Though I feel inept, I like having my hands in the dirt. I hope the land will be my teacher.
Your two favorite books: Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis; Beyond the Abbey Gates by Catherine MacCoun.
Your two favorite songs: “Seasons of Change” from The Muse by Tim Dillinger http://timdillinger.com/. “Wake awake the Night is Flying” from the Episcopal Hymnal, harmony by J.S Bach.
Why you are interested in spirituality? I actually don’t like the word “spirtuality.” I am interested in incarnation, how we all mediate the human and the divine. I don’t exalt one above the other. Keats called this earth, this life the Vale of soulmaking. I believe we make our souls by fully embracing this heartbreaking, heartopening life on earth.
Your favorite quote: “All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” -Julian of Norwich
Your favorite web sites: I am afraid I don’t spend much time online.
Your hero? Everyday people who do what they have to do without hurting or blaming others.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? I would like to learn to be more trusting, not that everything will turn out the way I want it, but that it will be all right even if it looks terrible to me in the moment.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?” High Valley http://www.highvalley.org/, the land I have been called to tend, even though I feel unequal to the task as the moment. The Maine Coast also feels like where my spirit lives.