Holding Space

This section of Kavanna's website will be devoted to words, images and information to support you and yours in this time of uncertainty.  Please feel free to share a link with others. 


Tips to stay healthy:

Wash your hands often: simple and effective way to stop the spread of any infection

Get your sleep: rest can boost your immune system and lower stress levels

Stay hydrated: for every caffeinated or alcoholic drink, have a glass of water

Stay active: movement boosts energy, reduces depression and is a way to spend quality time with loved ones

Healthy eating: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and proteins

Treat yourself: do something that will help you manage your stress and emotions


May 14, 2020

Click here for a reflection...Anger...I Befriend You


May 1, 2020

Click here for a reflection...What Do You Need?


April 24, 2020

Click here for a reflection...Fully Present 


April 17, 2020

Click here for a reflection...Grief ~ A Chasm


April 16, 2020

For some of us, reading has become a lifeline and important practice during our 'shelter at home' days. The large loaning library at Kavanna House is something that many of you frequently enjoy for which we're grateful.
While Kavanna cannot open its doors at this time for you to borrow a book in person, Kristin Peterman from our team has graciously offered to deliver books from our library to folks wanting them (within a 30 minute drive from Kavanna House).
Borrowing Process:
  • Review the list of available books.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate the book(s) you are interested in borrowing.
  • Kristin will arrange a time to drop off the book to you within four (4) days of your request. She will leave the book in a safe and dry location outside of your home and she will not have any contact with you.
  • You will be responsible to return the books to Kavanna House when we reopen on a date to be determined.


April 9, 2020

Click here for a Lenten reflection...The Table


April 3, 2020

Click here for a Lenten reflection...Repent


March 27, 2020

Click here for a visio divina ...Sheltering at Home Reflection


March 21, 2020 - Pandemic by Lynn Ungar

We invite you to spend some time with this poem.

What words or phrases jump out to you?

Where might there be invitation for you in these moments of 'being' versus doing?


What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath –

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.


And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)


Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.


Promise this world your love –

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.



March 20, 2020 - Some Words from Our Founder...

What a difference a couple of weeks makes. We are now living in an unprecedented time – one that includes the word “pandemic”, one that may have us, consciously or unconsciously, looking at those around us wondering if they are infected, one that creates fear when we have a cough or chills, and one that sees grocery store shelves stripped bare leaving us wonder if there will be “enough”.  On top of that, some of us have children at home trying to understand what is happening to their little world.  It is stressful!


What can help with the stress, the fear?  There is plenty of advice for staying physically healthy, but what about your emotional and spiritual health?  First,
stay present.  Don’t live into the future because if this pandemic has taught us anything it is that the future is completely unpredictable.  All the “what ifs” are not helpful.  If our worst fears do not happen, we have already lived them in our mind and science now tells us whatever we imagine, good or bad, can impact us as if it really happened.  And – if it does happen – you’ve lived it twice (credit to Michael J Fox for that).  Not helpful in any way. 


Keep yourself grounded in the present. Go back to the basics:


~ Make some time to be in your sacred space. Pull apart, even if it means you need to get up before the kiddos.  Center yourself.  Be in solitude and silence for some time to ground yourself before the activities of the day begin.


~ Practice breath prayer.  Use a breath prayer that uniquely helps you center.


~ Grab that journal.  If you haven’t journaled in a while, now may be the time to pull it out.  Write about what you are feeling, thinking and concerned about.  Get it out on paper.  We are living through a truly unique time and not only is there a need to process what you are feeling – it may be good to have a record of what it was like to go through all of this.


~ Revisit your sacred pathways.  What makes you feel closest to God?  If it’s nature, get outside in your own yard and be with the trees and the emerging flowers (thank goodness spring is here!).  If you’re a sensate, light your candles and snuggle with your blanket.  If intellect is what works for you, start reading a few of those books you haven’t had the time to read.  You know the drill.


~ And finally, at least for this message, remember who holds it all together.  We are not alone – we are held by a Being who loves us more than we could ever imagine and who is inviting us to lean into what we know is true – Love has this…Love has us…Love has you.


Peace and good health to each of you –

Deb Turnow

Founder, Kavanna House