What Are Watchwords?

These Watchwords you are reading are inspired by the Moravian Watchwords (“die Losungen”)  that the founder Graf Ludwig von Zinzendorf and his wife Erdmuth Dorothea introduced to the Moravian community in 1728. As the (8th generation) Granddaughter of Zinzendorf and as a pastor’s daughter, I grew up with the “Losungen”= “Watchwords”.

In the past 30 years I have been engaging in daily theological and psychological work and teaching. My multicultural family of choice, my German background and my life in the US for over 27 years have shaped me. My engagement as an ordained pastor, as a hospital chaplain, as a chaplain educator and more recently as a marriage and family therapist are all influencing my perspective and my writing. My daily “Losungen” (Watchwords) are an attempt to integrate all those roles and influences of who I am into “inspirations for today”.

2020 has been a life changing year for our planet. Millions have died from the Corona Virus. Humanity shared in this suffering and many have lost so much. At the same time a new spiritual awakening has begun, which is emerging from the collective suffering. Since March 2020 my own spiritual journey has been new and different from before. I have engaged in Yoga practices, discovered Thich Nhat Han as a teacher of Zen meditation and was challenged to let go of my “ego” identification with my mind, thoughts and ideas. 2020 has been a painfully transformative and also liberating and life changing year for me personally.

In 2021 I will focus my attention mainly on dialogue partners like Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Han, Eckhart Tolle, Cynthia Bourgeault, Brene Brown, Deepak Chopra and Richard Rohr. What they share in common is their seeking of authentic being in the “here and now” and a mystical understanding of Jesus’s teaching who called us into God’s Kingdom in the awareness of “now” as the moment when the Holy Spirit is fully and creatively present in us and in the world around us.