Enneagram 101

Enneagram theory holds that there are three primary ways that humans interact with the world: through the mind, through the heart, and through the body. The mind is the seat of our concepts, beliefs, and judgments and a reified sense of self. The heart is our relational center where we experience empathy, compassion, and love for self and others. The body is the center for action and houses the felt sense of life and the traumatic memories from the past.

Let’s take a look, from this perspective, at what happens when an individual (you and me) gets upset…


~a daily examen for each enneagram type

Enneagram 101

Ignatius of Loyola, Catholic saint and mystic, developed a brilliant psychology of introspection and discernment. He noticed how the moods of people fluctuate on a continuum of what he called consolation to desolation. St. Ignatius observed that consolation is the time when one experiences faith, hope, and love. Whereas, desolation is characterized by emotions such as confusion, apathy, and despair.

This master psychologist advised that consolation is the time to prepare for desolation, a normal part of the human condition, by engaging in practices that bolster our resilience. …


Poems From The Porch

The universe unfolds in an optimal way, and part of that unfoldment happens through you and your actions. (A.H. Almaas)

All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to God‘s purpose. (The book of Romans in the Christian bible)

We live in a benevolent, participatory universe in which every moment is a gift.

We did not create ourselves, nor do we sustain our lives.

We are completely dependent on the abundant provision of the present moment.

Our one and only task is to show up completely as ourselves.

No justification is necessary for…


Poems From The Porch

The capitalist context of productivity and worth-through-doing is so insidious that we don’t easily recognize the fishbowl we’re in.

Even what it means to be a productive member of society is defined by this agenda.

There is a related narrative I often hear about what God wants us to do with our lives,

as if our presence on this planet is related to accomplishment.

We buy into the idea that our value is determined by our deeds.

I am intrigued by the bible story of the talents and how celebrating one’s talents opens the door to joy and yielding to…


A Spiritual Perspective

What do you do when you feel uncomfortable?

Do you act out explosively, repress your feelings, cave in with shame, get consumed by fear, or experience the highs and lows of an emotional rollercoaster?

It is true that all of us get emotionally triggered, some more frequently than others and some more intensely than others, depending on the level of trauma that has been experienced. It is important to create safety — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual — to do those things that establish appropriate boundaries and calm the nervous system. …


Poems From The Porch

The sun is a crisp, coral ball in the morning sky,

boldly proclaiming his presence in neon glory.

There is a hint of wood smoke in the air.

Church bells are calling me to reverence as the wet grass sinks beneath my feet.

Mushroom castles were built overnight,

unlike Rome,

making me wonder if I could see them grow if I laid on the earth in anticipation.

Could my watchful eyes detect the subtle changes?

It is enough to be a part of Life‘s unfolding,

to receive the gifts of the day with trusting hands.

I am reminded that my…

Ani Vidrine

Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator, Psychotherapist www.alovecenteredlife.com

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