The Art of Pausing

In our technological age everything has speeded up. We don’t give things the time they need. We have forgotten how to be in rhythmic, organic time with our physical and spiritual selves. A deep self-courtesy is to pause long enough and often enough for our souls to catch up with our bodies and our over-programmed minds.

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Gardening

As humans we have a strong tradition of the garden being a metaphor for the soul. A lovely thing to do is to ask in a meditation to have an image of what our inner garden looks like. Some of us are very good at this kind of picturing. Others have difficulty, and yet they […]

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Shedding

The word shed has two meanings: letting go of, or the noun for a storage unit. It’s often hard to know we are storing because habits are automatic. Whether we accumulate objects we think we might need or keep too many fixed attitudes in our minds, we are storing and unbeknownst to us we are […]

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Expectation Without a Goal in Mind

When we look at young children who have not yet had too much heavy socialization or trauma happen to them we can easily see curiosity, openness, and willingness to engage as intrinsic to their being. They naturally want to find things out, to play, to feel and be with whatever is around them. I believe […]

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Commitment

Commitment can have a lot of different feelings surrounding it. We commit to a life with another person for better and for worse in marriage. We commit to a life of obedience, poverty and chastity entering a life of spiritual enclosure. We are committed to prison if we have transgressed the law and have been […]

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Healing

Healing is ultimately a gift, one we stand in awe of. It is not one thing but many things and different for each person. To be open to healing requires us to know we are always in need of more health in order that our wholeness can grow larger, more inclusive and abundant. It is […]

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Blessing

We sneeze, Some one says, God bless you. In the now distant past it was thought that the soul left the body when we sneezed. A quick blessing brought it safely back. I think we can extend this idea of blessing to more than sneezing. What if we blessed our relationships, our work and our […]

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Choice

We are making choices all the time. Our choices influence not just what can happen today but also what may be possible tomorrow. To own that we are choosers is a big responsibility. Those who are fearful of making choices and so do not make them are nevertheless in a choosing process. Not making a […]

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Little Ways

Mother Teresa told us that we can not do great things, but we can do little things with great love. In that spirit I hope the following little ways will be invitations to loving actions. Though we live in tremendous possibilities all the time, we may not believe the truth of that. Still one small, […]

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Holding

A stronghold is a fortress. It is sometimes called a keep. Where do we involuntarily and unconsciouly hole up to try to be in control and be safe? Such “keeps” are secret and often hard to open and release. They tend to be deep inside us. Holding is so varied, but when it softens we […]

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