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Meditation on Celebrating Reality in All Its Messy Amazingness: Inspired by Mary Oliver

Isn't Autumn grand?  I love the explosion of colors.  There's this red tree in front of my house, with fallen leaves strewn all around that blows my mind with its beauty.  What is more, isn't there something enlivening about chilly mornings transforming into crisply comfortable days?  I gotta say, the fall rains are refreshing and … Continue reading Meditation on Celebrating Reality in All Its Messy Amazingness: Inspired by Mary Oliver

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Love Believes the Best: How Changing Your Mental Chatter Will Change Your Life

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13.7   Something that rocked my world and continues to change my life in the most incredible ways is this truth: Love believes the best of others, reality, and yourself. While we’re always telling a story in our heads, … Continue reading Love Believes the Best: How Changing Your Mental Chatter Will Change Your Life

Meditation on Quieting the Mind to Hear/Receive More Peace and Love

Mindfulness practices, like yoga, are medicine.  Preventative and restorative, life-giving medicine for our FULL selves: Body, mind, and spirit.  We journey inward to work through out schtuff, and as we listen to, soothe, and cleanse our hurts, sorrows, fears, and the like, we discover a precious jewel at the center of our being.  Maybe it's … Continue reading Meditation on Quieting the Mind to Hear/Receive More Peace and Love

A Practical, But Challenging Way We Can Make Sense of and Respond to the Vegas Massacre

“Love alone is credible; nothing else can be believed, and nothing else ought to be believed. … The first thing that must strike a non-Christian about the Christian’s faith is that it obviously presumes far too much. It is too good to be true.” - Hans Urs von Balthasar “Love is the strongest force the … Continue reading A Practical, But Challenging Way We Can Make Sense of and Respond to the Vegas Massacre

Meditation on Seeing, Valuing, and Celebrating People

I find the emphasis Jesus places on kids to be fascinating.  For instance, the Christ encouraged us to have the faith of a child and, after His followers tried to shoo the children away, told them to let the kiddos come to Him.  In reflecting on this, Richard Beck wrote: "I think children teach us … Continue reading Meditation on Seeing, Valuing, and Celebrating People

The Power and Importance of Spreading Forgiveness: Forgiveness is Freedom so You can FLY!

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  Be kind. Always.” - Unknown (attributed to Plato and several others) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me … Continue reading The Power and Importance of Spreading Forgiveness: Forgiveness is Freedom so You can FLY!

Meditation on Choosing Happiness by Embracing the Suck

A key to choosing and manifesting happiness in our lives is to embrace the suck.  True story.  Scientific research shows how we process negative emotions is instrumental when it comes to determining how happy we are.  People who mindfully accept the 12 negative emotions, like sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, shame, and guilt, end up becoming more … Continue reading Meditation on Choosing Happiness by Embracing the Suck

Why “Them” is a Curse Word and Wisdom Shows Us Listening to and Learning from People Different from You is the Path to a Better Future

You know that old saying about how you shouldn’t talk about religion or politics at the dinner table? I think that’s bunk! Sure, it will keep things easier. But really and truly the path to a better future for us all lies not in avoiding “hard” topics, but in talking about them lots … ESPECIALLY … Continue reading Why “Them” is a Curse Word and Wisdom Shows Us Listening to and Learning from People Different from You is the Path to a Better Future

Meditation on Forgiving Reality to Celebrate Life

Something I've noticed in recent years as a parent and child is some form of the following recurring joke: We'll be paying for her counseling because of that thing we just did when she grows up.  While the humor is a tad dark, it's also funny and true.  Here's the thing though, all our parents … Continue reading Meditation on Forgiving Reality to Celebrate Life

Names Matter: Realizing Jesus’ Actual Name was Joshua Will Change Your Life

“God becomes and God un-becomes.” “I pray God to rid me of God.” - Meister Eckhart “God is only our name for it, and the closer we get to it, the more it ceases to be God.” - John O’Donohue restating Meister Eckhart’s words   By speaking “God”, we speak less of and less than … Continue reading Names Matter: Realizing Jesus’ Actual Name was Joshua Will Change Your Life