Welcome to #Signs of Love—a place where I share my thoughts about the intersection of faith, love, loss, family, justice, growth, spirituality, consciousness and culture.
For the first thirty-five years of my life, I thought that more knowledge was the answer to every question: read, study, learn, apply. That was the drill. I was convinced that if I just stuck to the “facts,” and “thought it through,” my marriage would flourish; my kids would be perfect; my heart would be whole.
You can imagine how that turned out.
Surprisingly, at least to me, not well.
In my desire to do it all right, I was doing much of it wrong and hurting the people I love. That realization broke my heart and opened my mind, which is exactly the right place to start over. And so I did. I started to do the hard work of integration, becoming a whole person who relies on her head, her heart and her body. I gained some hard-won wisdom and I finally began to understand what it meant to truly love.
Near the end of his life, Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Everything I understand, I understand because I love.” That’s become true for me as well and #Signs of Love is where I share my stories about what Love’s teaching me.
If you’re interested finding a spiritual director, a listening partner, an “anam cara” or soul friend, I would look forward to an opportunity to meet with you. While I was raised in the Catholic Christian tradition, I have studied widely and found myself drawn to ever new, expansive, and inclusive ways of encountering the Divine. I believe that “God shows up disguised as our lives,” so whether you’re in or out of a church, on a “first-name basis” or “not-on-speaking-terms” with God, sure about a lot of things or questioning almost everything, I’m happy to listen. I’m also confident that the Spirit of Life is ever-present and ready to accompany you to a fuller sense of life, love, and freedom.
If you’d like to be in touch about direction, retreat or writing opportunities, please email me at Alikirks@sbcglobal.net.