My Traveling Shoes

Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality.
I've traveled so many miles in shoes that someone else bought for me, plain, poorly fitted, worn, second hand, hand me downs. Ohh, they hurt my feet and took me places that I didn't need to go, places that I didn't want to go. For many years I put them on. I was told it was my duty, but my heart was heavy and my cares so many.
Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality. I bought these shoes. I own these shoes. They are mine.
by Jeanne leigh...copyrighted...2007


Monday, February 27, 2012

Spiritual Jacuzzi

In 2004 my husband, Jim and I recorded a CD. It was a Living Room Production that had been in the making for quite some time. In our busy lives finding the time to do a guitar part here and a vocal there, resulted in a collection of 12 tunes we called “Differently the Same”.
In the words of Jim Denton, "What does it mean? Well we are still Jim and Jeanne just a bit older. The difference is that we are asking better questions about faith, life, love and our world, than we were in our earlier days. Asking a better question tends toward deeper and critical thinking. This helps inform our faith journey, which then helps shape the choices we make. Sometimes it's simple and sometimes it is quite complex. At any rate it makes a difference.” 

This is the last song on the CD and is entitled "Spiritual Jacuzzi." We had the privilege of hearing an interview with Joan Chittister where she said that many people seem to want a “Religious Jacuzzi” instead of an authentic spiritual life. This expression stayed with us. It stirred us to think of other such expressions, like “They use the Bible like an Uzi” and so on. This song speaks against the self-centered manipulation of faith.
This is the only song from the "Rock" genre on the CD. I hope even if it's not your taste in music that you'll give it a listen. Thanks for stopping by! By the way..I'm adding this comment a few days after posting this. A friend viewed this and added something important in a comment to me on FB. She said, " I listened to this song a few days ago ~ and I would add~The self-centered manipulation of people with tender hearts and immature development of critical thinking skills~" This is an important reminder that we have all done this and God's grace covers each of us. Let this song be a prayer and reminder to all of us to seek a deeper more grace filled understanding of God's love for us all!

Peace, Jeanne Leigh


Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Almost 8 years ago, my husband Jim and I recorded a CD in our "Living Room" called Differently the Same by Jim and Jeanne. This song entitled "I AM SITTING HERE THINKING" was one of Jim's ideas that didn't end up on the CD. We forgot about it and thought we'd lost it. The other day, he came across it on a homemade CD that was in our car. We listened to it driving somewhere. I love it and thought it would be fun to make a video with my oldest son, Justin's art, my art and few of Jim's pieces. I really enjoyed putting this together. Thanks for stopping by and giving it a look and a listen. I hope you enjoy it. Peace, Jeanne Leigh

Monday, February 13, 2012


Painting by Justin Denton

I have always loved nature and felt a connection to the earth. When I spend time outside, I feel more alive and often sense an attitude of reverence within. In the last ten years or more that connection has deepened and grown in me. I experience God's presence in nature more then any other place. I have recognized the relationship that I have with the earth in a new way.

I am reading a book The Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry. Thomas Berry is one of the leading environmental thinkers in North America. He is described on the back cover of this book as:

"a cultural historian who provides nothing less than a new intellectual-ethical framework for the human community by positing planetary well-being as the measure of all human activity. Drawing on the wisdom of Western philosophy, Asian thought, Native American traditions as well as contemporary physics and evolutionary biology, Berry offers a new perspective that recasts our understanding of science, technology, politics and religion, ecology and education. He shows us why it is important for us to respond to the Earth's need for planetary renewal, and what we must do to break free of the technological trance that guides a misguided dream of progress. Only then, he suggests, can we foster mutually human-Earth relationships that can heal our traumatized global bio-system".

My first introduction to Thomas Berry was at a retreat that my husband, Jim and I attended a few years ago. The retreat was a combination of the works of Thomas Berry and Thomas Merton. We already revered Thomas Merton but were unfamiliar with Thomas Berry. It was a wonderful and informative retreat. This past year we also attended a viewing of a film made about a book Berry co-authored with Brian Swimme called The Universe Story. We loved the film.

About eight months ago I purchased The Green Bible New Testament and I am enjoying it. Even before scripture begins there are all these wonderful quotes from many different men and women throughout the centuries about spirituality and nature. A few of my favorite quotes are these: 
Wherever I turn my eyes, around on Earth or to the heavens
I see You in the field of star
I see You in the yield of land
In every breath and sound, a blade of grass, a simple flower 
An echo of Your holy Name. ~ Abraham ibn Ezra (1092-1167

We shall awaken from our dullness and rise vigorously toward justice. If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion. ~ Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

If I spend enough time with the tiniest creature--even a caterpillar--I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature. Meister Eckhart (ca.1260-1327) 

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. ~ Martin Luther (1483-1546)  

There is a lot to be learned here and applied. I am in the process of doing both. In the meantime, I am so grateful for this beautiful earth. Here is a little video meditation I did recently. Thank you for dropping by! Peace, Jeanne Leigh