Like some in our community, you may be dealing with some serious stuff at home or are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety about the future of [...]

Slow Down…

It wasn't that long ago we were all required to slow down whether we wanted to or not; yet, the to-do list (even if filled with fun summer [...]


"The world is holy" Terry Tempest Williams reminds us. This is the epiphany astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced on his return to Earth [...]

This Dove

"Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the [...]

Why not enter into these days wondering how it will turn out? Who knows? In our state of wonder, we just might find gifts we never could [...]


The Winter Solstice has passed and the days ahead will gradually gain minutes of daylight.  The longest night of the year has come and [...]


Heeding the quiet voice within to experience God in the silence can sometime seem like such a passive gesture when confronted with living [...]

Ever Present

This past Tuesday, I (Dianna) met with our long-time volunteer, Nancy Jewett, to begin sorting through the many quotes or writings we have [...]

Growing Up

Like a college graduate embarking upon a new life, Eremos is moving on to the next phase of its journey. We’re feeling the same [...]

He Lives!

In memory of the recent passing of our Spiritual Amma, Jean Springer, we are re-posting her 2017 Easter blog post. Re-reading it with the [...]

We Are One

October has always seemed like the beginning of the holidays, with children running around the neighborhood looking for a treat or offering [...]

Memorial Day

In some cultures, placing flowers on the graves of relatives who have died is still part of ‘Memorial Day’. They remember, give thanks and [...]

May I?

When I began pondering the meaning of this month of May, I kept sensing it is about requesting: “May I…” and giving permission.

He Lives!

One of the most difficult Christian celebrations for many people is Easter. Well, not so much Easter because we have made it a secular [...]

We Remember

Our cities and towns are filled with veterans who have served our country — many returning proud of their service, and many traumatized, [...]

20 Years!

There was such joy-filled excitement May 8, 1996.  I opened the box containing our Eremos Board Minutes file and the official embossing [...]

A Holy Week

Within the Christian experience, we’re now immersed in the intensity of ‘holy week’. There are so many themes running through it that it is [...]

Love Does That!

The month of April we spent contemplating Andrew Harvey’s book The Hope:  A Guide to Sacred Activism.  If you have not read it, I highly [...]

We wait

This week I have watched lives disintegrate and have shared in the terror, grief and pain people have experienced.  Once again, my heart [...]


“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same [...]


“I just don’t want to do anything”.  “I don’t have any energy lately”.  Comments I keep hearing as we journey deeper into summer’s [...]

My Beloved

In his beautiful poem ‘Spiritual Canticle’ John of the Cross (16th century mystic) wrote in stanza 13 My Beloved, the mountains The [...]


“Give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose love is everlasting” Psalm 118 This refrain sums up my soul as I reflect on Eremos becoming a [...]

Restless Spirit

Recently a woman spoke to me of the restlessness she felt just before giving birth. Her sense of ‘it is time to bring forth this baby’ made [...]

Lessons Learned

A few days ago, I met with three young women and a five-week old baby girl. As with most gatherings of women and babies, all our eyes were [...]


As I sat in the quiet of the early morning, pondering the events of this past week, a phrase from scripture came to me ‘All of us, gazing [...]

It is Easter

As I gaze out into the beauty of a soft sunny day in Austin. I hear the song of birds excited to be alive, calling to one another with [...]


Some years ago we had a wonderful wooden well in our front lawn. The well somehow survived three moves, lots of rain, heat, cold and wind [...]


I was at an ordination this weekend in which the newly ordained pastor was commissioned with one word: ‘Behold’.  The young woman stood [...]

You know me!

Visiting a local nursing home facility yesterday, I smiled at one of the residents, greeted her and touched her shoulder gently.  She [...]

Where is God?

Where is God when hopes and dreams are lost?  So many people these days are finding their worlds turned upside down for one reason or [...]


Eremos is 15 years old! We are fifteen years in the emerging of a contemplative space within Austin. Some of you here were part of Eremos [...]


Time seems to pass so quickly. I had intended to write a note to wish everyone a blessed new year, but Christmas flowed into a new year and [...]

I am so busy!

One of the phrases I keep hearing from people (myself included) is:  I am so busy! I am not sure what this actually means.  Is it that we [...]

He is Risen

Today the Christian church proclaims to the world “He is Risen Alleluia!” What joy floods our minds and hearts as we celebrate [...]