Are you a nun or a verb?

By Jena Griffiths | February 21, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried very hard to be me.
Or just one thing instead of also the opposite at the same time.

It feels like that game where you have to find the dice under a whole
lot of little cups. But the hands of the magician you’re playing against move so fast that the die keeps showing up exactly where it shouldn’t; or not showing up, exactly where it should. If you see what I mean?

Luckily the guy who wrote The Shack whispered in my ear, “God’s a verb” and someone else whispered in my other ear, “The soul’s a verb.”

And my ego, trying to put two and two together, (are you a noun or a verb) whispered in another ear (?), “I’ll have none of this. I’d much rather be a nun than a verb. Then at least I’ll have habits and things that help me see the edges of what I’m defending.”

(Fortunately my 3rd ear doesn’t listen to my ego too much anymore.)

Did I say third ear?

Yes, didn’t you know?  You have one too. And it’s a lot bigger than your 3rd eye.


In the center of your chest, camouflaged as h(ear)t.

earth university


(more about this picture here.)
But mainly this inner ear is for listening to your inner voice. That’s why no need for your nipples to be shaped into earlobes.

Ears are actually at the center of a lot of what happens on this planet.

Like what?


They’re where the stories first come in. That rock us or knock us.

I think the human ear is a secret rabbit hole into the 5th dimension. We pour poison into it in the hope that our dice will finally float to the top and stay there.

What am I on about?

You and the dangers of labeling yourself with a permanent marker.

The problem with labels or boxes is you need to chop your arms and legs off and sometimes even your head so that you fit in neatly.

It’s like trying to fence in water or claim ownership of air.
But have you noticed?
The human spirit can’t be contained.

As soon as you say “ I am this” or “I am that” you draw boundaries in the sky.  Then your ego has to stick around and try to defend them when your spirit has long departed.

So why not drop your habit
of saying “I’m too this or “I’m too that.”
Come be a verb. And verbal. Post your thoughts on this topic below.

Come play in Ear-thschool.

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Topics: Fun, self esteem, spirit | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Are you a nun or a verb?”

  1. Freda O Brein Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 11:07 am

    A fun way of bringing your readers to the point of discussion, your trademark, I think!

  2. jennagriffiths Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Thanks Freda. I think I’ve allowed myself to change my mind and change shape more than most people I know. It takes courage but it is possible.

  3. joodimae Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Wonderful! My friend used to say that love is a (an action) verb.
    When so often we want to capture it like a noun in a butterfly net…

    So glad I’m connected to these tasty morsels of soul food.

  4. jenagriffiths Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 8:48 am

    That’s beautiful. Love is a verb. I think that phrase encompasses both “God is a verb” and “The soul is a verb” Thanks for your feedback.
    I read this morning in Marianne Williamson’s Enchanted Love “The voice of the heart is the voice for God.”
    If I could paint I would paint one of those holy pictures with the heart exposed. But, instead of a heart it’s an ear!