Pastorbob's blog listings. Feed Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob Spiritual practice: Stay in Touch With What Is Today is Passion Sunday. I have written the Spiritual practice keeping in mind that we are living in Holy Week this week. I share it here with the hope that it will be helpful for you during this week.

Jesus’ Passion is a story of suffering. Our Christian tradition invites us to consider suffering--Jesus’ suffering, our own suffering, the suffering of others, the suffering of the whole world--during holy week.

Thich Nhat Hahn offers this advice: If you recognize and accept your pain without running away from it, you will discover that although pain exists, joy also exists.
Just stay in touch with what is actually going on, and you will touch the true nature of suffering and the nature of joy.

What suffering can you touch and walk with during this week?

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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:33:14 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/04/13/spiritual_practice:_stay_in_touch_with_what_is http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/04/13/spiritual_practice:_stay_in_touch_with_what_is Today is Passion Sunday. I have written the Spiritual practice keeping in mind that we are living in Holy Week this week. I share it here with the hope that it will be helpful for you during this week.

Jesus’ Passion is a story of suffering. Our Christian tradition invites us to consider suffering--Jesus’ suffering, our own suffering, the suffering of others, the suffering of the whole world--during holy week.

Thich Nhat Hahn offers this advice: If you recognize and accept your pain without running away from it, you will discover that although pain exists, joy also exists.
Just stay in touch with what is actually going on, and you will touch the true nature of suffering and the nature of joy.

What suffering can you touch and walk with during this week?

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Spiritual Practice: Live life to the Fullest

I think when Jesus told Martha that he was the resurrection and the life, that he was encouraging her in the face of death to celebrate life. This thought lies behind the spiritual practice I have suggested for this week. If you find it helpful and think of someone who also might find it helpful, please pass it along.

Life is a gift. Celebrate it to the fullest. Here are five simple actions you could take this week to celebrate life.

Fully embrace the now, no matter what the situation.
Do at least one thing today that brings you joy.
Live in total awareness for one moment.
Listen to all the sounds you hear: the wind, trees, birds, crickets, insects, dogs, cars, planes, people-lives intermingling.
For one moment let go of the complicated and overwhelming expectations you had of what it meant to live life to the fullest

Peace and Blessings!
Bob


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I think when Jesus told Martha that he was the resurrection and the life, that he was encouraging her in the face of death to celebrate life. This thought lies behind the spiritual practice I have suggested for this week. If you find it helpful and think of someone who also might find it helpful, please pass it along.

Life is a gift. Celebrate it to the fullest. Here are five simple actions you could take this week to celebrate life.

Fully embrace the now, no matter what the situation.
Do at least one thing today that brings you joy.
Live in total awareness for one moment.
Listen to all the sounds you hear: the wind, trees, birds, crickets, insects, dogs, cars, planes, people-lives intermingling.
For one moment let go of the complicated and overwhelming expectations you had of what it meant to live life to the fullest

Peace and Blessings!
Bob


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Spiritual practice: Meditate on the basic element of earth In today's gospel reading, Jesus spit on the ground and made a poultice of mud which he put on a blind man’s eyes. He told him to go and wash. In this action, the one who called himself the light of the world drew attention to basic elements. The story in brings together three of the basic elements: light,earth and water.

In May our book study group will consider praying with the basic elements. The book we will use as the entry into this topic is: Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Paintner, Christine Valters.

For today, I'm suggesting a this spiritual practice: 
During this week, focus your meditation on the element of earth. Notice how you come in contact with the earth. When do you touch earth? When are you aware of your groundedness? When are you aware of the energy you derive from the earth? As you answer these questions realize that Jesus is putting the poultice of earth on your eyes.

Peace and Blessings!
Bob

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Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:13:14 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/03/30/spiritual_practice:__meditate_on_the_basic_element_of_earth http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/03/30/spiritual_practice:__meditate_on_the_basic_element_of_earth In today's gospel reading, Jesus spit on the ground and made a poultice of mud which he put on a blind man’s eyes. He told him to go and wash. In this action, the one who called himself the light of the world drew attention to basic elements. The story in brings together three of the basic elements: light,earth and water.

In May our book study group will consider praying with the basic elements. The book we will use as the entry into this topic is: Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Paintner, Christine Valters.

For today, I'm suggesting a this spiritual practice: 
During this week, focus your meditation on the element of earth. Notice how you come in contact with the earth. When do you touch earth? When are you aware of your groundedness? When are you aware of the energy you derive from the earth? As you answer these questions realize that Jesus is putting the poultice of earth on your eyes.

Peace and Blessings!
Bob

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Spiritual practice: meditate with water Everytime you touch water this week, let the water call you to a moment of meditation.  Remember Jesus promised to give living water and that living water flows from the deepest part of your being.  Let the water remind you of its life-giving properties.  Be aware of life flowing within you.

Peace and Blessings!
Bob
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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:26:51 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/03/23/spiritual_practice:_meditate_with_water http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/03/23/spiritual_practice:_meditate_with_water Everytime you touch water this week, let the water call you to a moment of meditation.  Remember Jesus promised to give living water and that living water flows from the deepest part of your being.  Let the water remind you of its life-giving properties.  Be aware of life flowing within you.

Peace and Blessings!
Bob
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Spiritual practice: Meditate with the Wind Jesus told Nicodemus, “God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

 

During this week, feel the wind.  Each time you feel the wind outside, or a breeze stirred by movement or even your own breath, let it remind you that Spirit, like the wind “blows where it wishes.”  As you are aware of the wind, reflect on the Spirit’s movements within you.

Peace and Blessings!
Bob 

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Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:52:29 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/03/16/spiritual_practice:_meditate_with_the_wind http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/03/16/spiritual_practice:_meditate_with_the_wind Jesus told Nicodemus, “God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

 

During this week, feel the wind.  Each time you feel the wind outside, or a breeze stirred by movement or even your own breath, let it remind you that Spirit, like the wind “blows where it wishes.”  As you are aware of the wind, reflect on the Spirit’s movements within you.

Peace and Blessings!
Bob 

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