Sacred Meadows in The Braided Way Magazine

Posted by  | Feb 13, 2023 | 

A grassy knob where lovers picnic. A field of daisies hikers chance upon. A mountainside ringing with “the hills are alive.” These landscapes soothe souls, evoke powerful images in the human psyche, and delight our senses with their beauty and serenity. Yet they pale in comparison to a mystical meadow I’ve come to know.

My introduction to this holy place beyond chronological time and linear space, “a made place, created by light” as Duncan writes, came unbidden, more than thirty years ago, at the bedside of a dying friend.

“Consider yourself hugged,” Linda whispered in a raspy voice as I entered the room. My friend lay propped on white pillows in a borrowed hospital bed, her brown page boy hair tucked behind her ears. Cancer had feasted on her bones until she could no longer raise her arms. Even in her weakened state, she wiggled her fingers in a wave.



The Braided Way is a framework to see every faith tradition as a strand, braided into a larger whole of spiritual awareness. In the Braided Way, combining spiritual practice from various faiths allow us to explore sacred experience and wonder in forms that resonate with our personal spiritual needs and sacred intuitions. In today’s culture, many people shun religious dogma, but yearn for spiritual connection. The Braided Way allows the ceremonies and practices of multiple faiths to be available without the confinements of cultural dogma. FOR MORE

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