whol(ē)ness VII


Fragrance 2017 © Julia Haris


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Siberian Wallflower:

“Historical Notes: The ancient garden wallflower has been in cultivation for so long that its origin is uncertain. While serving as president, Thomas Jefferson sent his daughter Martha a “bundle of Wallflowers,”and he ordered wallflower seed from Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1807.

Wallflowers are divided into two genera, Cheiranthus and Erysimum, and there is much debate as to the differences between the two. The name Cheiranthus derives from the Latin for “hand flower,” referring to this fragrant flower’s use in nosegays and tussie mussies. Wallflowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.”

Source: Monticello.org





whol(ē)ness VI

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How The ‘Lost Art’ Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience

George Flloyd, as a person of peace, “Big Floyd” opened up ministry opportunities in the Third Ward housing projects.

George Floyd’s mother was not there, but he used her as a sacred invocation

Free Mini-series from Eckhart Tolle: Creating During Changing Times


Gifts  2019 © Julia Haris

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“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh, ‘Spiritual Ecology, The Cry Of The Earth


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Young Bee Balm After Rain 2019 © Julia Haris

whol(ē)ness IV

Before enlightenment, shovel soil, plant seeds.
After enlightenment, shovel soil, plant seeds.  — JH

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Opening 2019 © Julia Haris

whol(ē)ness III


You are whole and also part of larger and larger circles of wholeness you may not even know about. You are never alone. And you already belong. You belong to humanity. You belong to life. You belong to this moment, this breath.  —-  Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘Mindfulness for Beginners’

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Wassily Kandinsky. Several Circles. 1926. Oil on canvas. 140 x 140 cm. The Solomon R. Guggebheim Museum, New York, NY, USA.


whol(ē)ness II

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whol(ē)ness I

We are whole: our deepest happiness is intrinsic to the nature of our minds, and it is not damaged through uncertainty or change.”
— Sharon Salzburg 

/ˈhōlnəs/  noun
  1. 1.  the state of forming a complete and harmonious whole; unity: “the work lacked a sense of wholeness and meaning”
  2. 2.  the state of being unbroken or undamaged: “the wholeness of the buildings is exceedingly well preserved”


The first in a twenty-part bi-weekly series.

Purity and pollution motifs run through human culture, and these themes express themselves most vociferously in our religious traditions. But what if wholeness instead morality informed our understanding of ‘holiness.’ With wholeness leading our idea of holiness, we witness how the fabric of the interdependent universe beautifully hangs together, on its own, in the Present moment.

In life’s poetic and quantum tapestry, our lives become a luminous and radically important thread in this whol(ē)ness.

whol(ē)ness offers a unitive, healing, helping way of being, instead of tying ourselves to unrealistic and culturally determined purity-pollution norms. Steered by intentional, transformational practices, whol(ē)ness allows us to live in and with awareness, instead of acting from internalized feelings of guilt, failure, insufficiency, striving, success, sanctimony, and superiority.

It’s the mystical path, the creative call, the Voice underneath all voices, the Voice uniting the world’s prophets, poets, seers, visionaries, and luminaries, no matter how grand or modest the life.

I hope you will join us. — JH

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Sacred wheel of creation by Hildegard von Bingen


Interim III

‘And in this he showed me a little thing, the quantity of a hazel nut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed. And it was as round as any ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and thought, ‘What may this be?’ And it was answered generally thus, ‘It is all that is made.’ I marveled how it might last, for I thought it might suddenly have fallen to nothing for littleness. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and ever shall, for God loves it. And so have all things their beginning by the love of God.

In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it. The second that God loves it. And the third, that God keeps it.’

Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

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The Julian Center on the web.

Anchorite definition, history on Wiki


Unknown artist. Sourced via a Pinterest board to this blog entry.

Interim II

Image Credit: NASA

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Interim I

Hello friends and subscribers,

Beginning next week, we’ll have a series of interim meditations and short entries as a new series comes together.  The new series is an extended, thematic meditation that embraces the personal and shared transitions we’re experiencing. I’ll reveal the theme (surprise!) when the first entry is posted., which I hope will be in two weeks, perhaps three.

I chose today’s Oprah quote — which echoes Dickinson — because it’s easy for us to be pulled into unconscious, habituated thinking when we’re stressed, anxious, depressed. We can create unnecessary psychological prisons when circumstances seem overwhelming and uncertain.

But uncertainty can be a gift, and it’s the privilege of a lifetime is to be shaken beyond our limitations. It’s takes courage to deeply live hope, to breathe possibility, and to give the world uncommon joy during sorrow. And if giving joy isn’t appropriate, we can gently extend at least a promise of brighter days. And if extending the promise of a brighter day seems untimely, we can simply hold a space for others. We can just be, be in our life, be in our possibilities, be aware, be compassionate.

“Being” is our most skilled and luminous gift.

The audio entries previously posted here have differed from many that I see being  recorded/written/zoomed at a dizzying rate during all things coronavirus, because I’ve avoided the ‘managing stress’ theme. Instead, I’ve embraced uncertainty as the primary catalyst that leads us into new, unexpected, transformative ways.

I’ll continue to do so.

It’s the perennial promise of summer solstice during winter’s darkest night, to rely on our Great Mother’s recurring natural metaphor.

“I dwell in possibility.”

Faith, hope, love, and the stuff of possibilities are the ground on which the world’s religious traditions rely when they’re at their best. It’s the stuff of the mystics, and it’s the stuff of the life we’re born to live.

As an aside, I invite you to check out my recent site update, available on the home page by clicking here.  You must visit the home page, or the changes won’t be obvious.

Like it? Don’t like it? Have ideas you’d like to share about the site or its content?  Please email me at julia@juliaharis.com.

I appreciate you being here, and it’s an honor to have you on the journey.

Please stay safe.

P.S. Here’s a video that came up in my Facebook feed this week. Well worth your time: Psalm 23 For Me

(This entry was generously supported by a koan creative. Many thanks.)