Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 08: The Medicine That Lives In A Story …

If we want to know why we’re all so afraid to let our true selves be seen and known, we have to understand the power of shame and fear. If we can’t stand up to the never good enough and who do you think you are? we can’t move forward. I only wish that during… Continue reading Advent Day 08: The Medicine That Lives In A Story …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 05: Practicing Peace In Times of War …

When you’re like a keg of dynamite just about to go off, patience means just slowing down at that point—just pausing—instead of immediately acting on your usual, habitual response. You refrain from acting, you stop talking to yourself, and then you connect with the soft spot. But at the same time you are completely and… Continue reading Advent Day 05: Practicing Peace In Times of War …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Christmas is a swiftly moving season with few clear boundaries. The day after we've packed up our Halloween costumes, Hallmark Channel begins nearly two months of twenty-four-seven presentations of Christmas movies. Shortly thereafter, we are inundated with ads inviting us to shop early to get the best bargains. The holiday rush is in full swing… Continue reading Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Prayers, Quotes

You Will Not Have My Hate …

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.  — James A. Baldwin Anger is a catalyst. Holding on to it will make us exhausted and sick. Internalizing anger will take away our joy and… Continue reading You Will Not Have My Hate …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers. ― Brenda Ueland from If You Want To Write   The Stream of Life The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It… Continue reading Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

Quotes, Seasons

A Small, Soft Feather (Autumn Meditation) …

“Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all ... — Emily Dickinson, "'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers" from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson   The woods is shining this morning. Red, gold and green,… Continue reading A Small, Soft Feather (Autumn Meditation) …

Quotes

You Are Not Alone …

The longer I wake on this Earth, the louder the quiet things speak to me. The more I experience and survive, the more I find truth in the commonalities we all share. The more pain softens me, the deeper my joy and the greater the lessons of those things that live in great stillness.— Mark… Continue reading You Are Not Alone …

Poems, Quotes

Don’t Squander Joy …

Don’t squander joy. We can’t prepare for tragedy and loss. When we turn every opportunity to feel joy into a test drive for despair, we actually diminish our resilience. Yes, softening into joy is uncomfortable. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s vulnerable. But every time we allow ourselves to lean into joy and give in to… Continue reading Don’t Squander Joy …

Quotes

Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you, before you depart.Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not be always so.One day I… Continue reading Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …