Author Archives: Marian Methner, B.S., D.Min.

About Marian Methner, B.S., D.Min.

Polydox: accepting that we are many labels, I am mother of 4, mother in law (love) of 4 and grandmother of 5. My life is a collection of bits and starts. I was recently on the road for over a year exploring ideas of living in shared housing. A recent summer course in Permaculture design, solidifed my interest in "social permaculture" or ways we interact not only with our Earthly environment but also with each other. I am back Bellingham, Washington, in a small rental house, owned by my ex husband, talk about shared housing, practicing living in community with family, and friends. My doctoral dissertation A Map to Living Open Heartedly, centers around making art as a way to healing. Paradoxiclly, a recent diagnoses of heart failure (cardiomyopathy) expands this exploration...


“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Emptiness This morning as I sat on my deck with the rising sun a brief conversation came back … Continue reading

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Seeds It’s amazing what one seed can grow. Sown in the ground, planted in the heart, each day it grows a little more true.”  ~ Marc Ian Barasch Most mornings I sit gazing at my garden with the rising sun. … Continue reading

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The Science Fair and Hope

“Hope is a verb with its shirtsleeves rolled up.” ~ David Orr But these young scientists and engineers teach us something beyond the specific topics that they’re exploring.  They teach us how to question assumptions; to wonder why something is … Continue reading

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Books or People?

 “How fun is it to read a fantastic book if you can’t tell others about it, talk about it, and quote from it constantly?” Yes! Just minutes before I read this sentence I’d refilled my coffee cup and sent a … Continue reading

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Beginners Mind

I think of beginner’s mind as the mind that faces life like a small child, full of curiosity and wonder and amazement. I wonder what this is? I wonder what that is? I wonder what this means?  Abbess Zenkei Blanche … Continue reading

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Living in Community

Living in Community If you remember a few years ago I was searching for a community of women. After long consideration I moved to Bellingham Washington because I have family here and “nearby” in Oregon. This morning I’m writing while … Continue reading

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Billiting This morning I sat in the dark listening to a CD of chants praising the coming Light. My thoughts kept wandering to my promise to host two “strangers” for the week after Christmas. My daughter Sally’s Buddhist Center is … Continue reading

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