Welcome! I’m Lisa, the storyteller here at Land of the Infinite.
I live on a delightful 10.3 acres in central Vermont with my husband Mark, a family of porcupines, the Angelus Tree – the matriarch maple of our humble woods – and so many other living, breathing, photosynthesizing beings. Our warm, domesticated place on the land is an off-grid, 314 square foot yurt, but we consider the whole property to be our home. What we lack in square footage we make up for ten-fold in views, a sense of closeness to nature, and coziness! The story of how and why we chose this lifestyle is this blog’s story, but I’ll let you in on some of the highlights before you dive in!
Mark and I met in August 2015 after two months of virtual correspondence. Yes, we met online. And no, the irony of a couple who lives without electricity in their home, let alone internet, finding each other through EHarmony is not lost on me. It keeps us both humble, mindful of the humor of our Creator/Sustainer/Animator and cognizant of the fact that we’re not trying to go back to a time in the past, but we look forward to an integrated and holistic present and future including thoughtful use of modern tools and resources!
In short order (like three and a half months short) it was clear that we were called to commit to a shared life of radical simplicity, opening daily to the Divine presence and offering ourselves in service to the world (both human and other-than-human beings). Two years, one wedding, and countless hours of prayer, discussions and decisions later we are living into that calling in a particular place, doing the sometimes scary, mostly exhilarating work of putting flesh on our dreams.
What is the dream, exactly?
Ready for the big words, the lofty idealism, the radical hope? Here ya go!
Our dream is to imagine and incarnate a sustainable way of living that leads to wholeness of body, soul, and spirit not just for ourselves, but for all who share this earth – including the earth herself! We believe the only path forward is through union with God as healer of our wounds, sustainer of the physical world, and lover of our souls. Our souls are restless until they find their rest in God. Without dwelling in the infinite love of God we will always chase after finite things that will lead to pain for ourselves, others, and the earth. We must learn to pray.
We also believe that intimacy with the Spirit without intimacy with matter – our bodies, our ecosystems, and our fellow creatures – is tragically incomplete. We are embodied beings, consuming other embodied beings daily, walking on earth more intricately complex than we can understand, inhaling the exhalation of the trees, drinking water that makes up a majority of our physical selves. The earth’s story is our bodies’ story. We must learn to listen.
So, we listen and we pray and we orient our lives around two questions:
- What will bring us into greater alignment with the natural order and rhythms?
- What will support us to open more fully to the presence of God in us and around us?
Land of the Infinite is the real-time story of our life’s experiment answering these two questions. Living these questions raises so many more: What happens if we attempt to live each day, each moment, in radical intimacy with nature and with God? What’s exhilarating? What’s wearisome? What’s surprising? What will we have to give up? What will we gain? How will we pay the bills? What do we need, really, to live healthy, abundant, and happy lives?
If you keep reading (which I hope you do!) you will be treated to the foibles and victories of homesteading, the joys and challenges of yurt life, lessons from nature, memoir of my spiritual adventures, stories of pilgrimage, and all the other unforeseen life events coming my way. I may even throw in a poem or two or an angsty vignette about my writing anxiety, just for fun!
Regardless of the material, my hope is that each post, as with each moment of my life, is a call to return.
To return to the natural world which is not only our home, but is our very bodies.
To return to God, the infinite source of love, healing, and goodness.
To return to the Land of the Infinite in which we all dwell each and every moment.
Join me! I’d love the company.
What is that you want – those of you seeking perfection? Give your desires free reign, setting absolutely no limits, no boundaries to them. Listen to me: let your hearts demand the infinite, for I can tell you how to fill them. There is never one moment in which I cannot show you how to find whatever you desire. The present moment is always overflowing with immeasurable riches, far more than you are able to hold. Your faith will measure it out to you: as you believe, so you will receive. Love, too, is also a measure. The more you love the more you will want and the more you will get.
– Jean-Pierre de Caussade, The Sacrament of the Present Moment