Turning Over The Earth

The Spring comes, and my life transforms. It seems to be almost as reliable as the coming of the Cottonwood snow. It happens every year, this pull towards the world; this letting go of Winter’s introspection.

In the past week, I’ve experienced a great upheaval and shifting in my professional and personal life. Relationships are changing, and I’m doing my best to remain calm and steady, respectful of the balance between what I can do to move things forward and what the currents are naturally doing on their own. It’s been hard, and I’m a little exhausted.

I think this pulling back from intense spiritual work, including a break from blogging and a relaxing of pressure around my DP work, has allowed me to prepare for this shift. My daily practice is still strong — stronger than ever, in fact. My devotionals have become so deeply a part of my life that I almost cannot remember what it was like without them. This sacred time feels less like a requisite of the DP course, and more a natural extension of my being.

In light of the hefty transitions and the attention they require, I’ve decided not to attend Wellspring. This saddens me a bit, as I was really looking forward to meeting my fellow sojourners in the flesh. But, I just turned over a huge plot of land, and I’m planting a season’s worth of new seed. You don’t just up and leave during the first few days and weeks after planting. You stick around. You water the earth. I have to make sense of what is coming, and I need to be here in order to do that.

I pray that all of my friends and readers have been well since last I wrote here, and I hope that you’ll reach out to say hello. To all of those attending Wellspring, I hope you have a brilliant weekend. I’ll send my spirit to be with you around the sacred fire.

Bright blessings,



4 responses to “Turning Over The Earth”

  1. Kevin Silverstag Avatar
    Kevin Silverstag

    Sorry to hear that you won’t be at Wellspring; I was looking forward to meeting you. But, I completely understand. I hope your new plantings work out wonderfully.

    1. Teo Bishop Avatar
      Teo Bishop

      Same here.

      But I look forward to hearing about what the experience is like for you, Kevin. I think you’re going to have a wonderful time. I know Rev. Dangler will welcome you in to the Three Cranes Grove clan — he’s all about making solitaries feel welcome.

      We’ll meet in person one day. I have no doubt.

  2. Kristin Avatar

    It’s good to see a post from you, friend. I was on the verge of sending an email.

    I completely understand and sympathize with what you’re going through. And, as you say, sometimes the thing you need most is no thing at all, just time and attention and care.

    On another note, no Wellspring for me either. It’s just not right for me this year.

    Take care.

    1. Teo Bishop Avatar
      Teo Bishop

      Thanks for the comment, Kristin. I appreciate hearing from you.

      That’s the plan…try not to plan. Just be. Be, slowly. Be, softer. Be, and allow everything else to settle.

      Maybe next year will be the year for an ADF gathering… we’ll see. 🙂