Spiritual practice:  Be a Witness

    Sunday, December 14, 2014, 4:11 PM [General]

    Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them –Eckhart Tolle.

    Remember you are not your body;

    you are not your thoughts,

    you are not your feelings,

    you are not your ego.

    This week practice being “the awareness behind them.”  Like John the Baptist, be a witness.

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    Spiritual Practice:  Think a New Thought or Challenge an Old One.

    Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:52 PM [General]

    According to the National Science Foundation, our brains produce as many as 50,000 thoughts per day.  Ninety-five percent of these thoughts are repeated daily and reflect the mindset or beliefs we hold that lead to those 50,000 thoughts.

    Each of us has a story we tell ourselves.  Paying attention to our story may help us become more aware of what is happening inside our head and also to understand how our thoughts are directly linked to how we create our reality.  What happens when you introduce a new thought or dispute a habitual one?  Try it this week as an Advent practice.

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    Spiritual practice: Transform the Present Moment

    Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3:44 PM [General]

    Thich Nhat Hanh encourages people to believe that whatever is happening in and around you, this can be the best moment of your life. You choose. Obviously, this is the only moment.

    He encourages everyone: “Open your eyes and enjoy the sunshine, the beautiful sky, and the wonderful children all around you. Breathing in and out consciously helps you become your best-calm, fresh, solid, clear, and free, able to enjoy the present moment as the best moment of your life.”

    Take some moments this week to transform the present moment into the best moment.

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    Thanksgiving Day Spiritual Practice

    Thursday, November 27, 2014, 1:52 PM [General]

    Can you imagine a national day of spiritual practice?  That is exactly what Thanksgiving Day is. Giving thanks is a spiritual discipline. You can practice saying "thank you" for happy and challenging experiences, for people, animals, things, art, memories, and dreams.  The practice easily reflects the joy of bright days and it can bring a little light into even the darkest time.  This Thanksgiving join with our whole nation to practice this significant spiritual practice.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Spiritual practice: See Jesus “in the least of these”

    Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:00 PM [General]

    This week's spiritual practice is inspired by Jesus' story of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
    For one day, without necessarily changing your routine, intentionally look to see who is there. Do you see any of the people Jesus referred to in this gospel—the sick, the thirsty, the hungry, the imprisoned, the naked? Can you see Jesus in the people you see? How do you respond to them?

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    Spiritual practice: Open to Possibility

    Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3:33 PM [General]

    Jesus’ parable about talents reminds us that when we are in the flow, freely receiving and freely giving, more comes along.  When we block the flow, we lose even what we had.

    Here are some suggestions life coaches make to open yourself to the free flow of possibility:

    • Realize you’re not the only one with fears.
    • Ask what is my greatest opportunity at this moment.
    • Visualize what you want to do, who you want to be, and what you want to have.
    • Challenge your beliefs about what you can and can’t do.  
    • Say yes to something you always talk yourself out of.
    • Start something you always assumed it was too late to do.  
    • Stop negative self-talk.

    During this week use one or more of these suggestions to approach your day in a way that opens you to possibility.

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    Veteran's Day Hope

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 11:51 AM [General]

    The eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month commemorates the temporary armistice (1918) leading to the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Apparently the celebration was premature. Today there are wars in 64 countries. Still we can hold the vision that war will cease. Every time I accompanied soldiers to a training exercise or once into combat and once in support of families left behind while their soldiers went to war, I found myself singing a verse from Harry Emerson Fosdick’s 1930 hymn:

    Cure thy children’s warring madness, 
    bend our pride to thy control; 
    shame our wanton, selfish gladness, 
    rich in things and pour in soul. 
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, 
    lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

    On this Veterans Day, the commemoration that morphed from Armistice Day, I give thanks for the 25 years I had to be associated with soldiers and their families on active duty and in the reserves. At the same time, I’m holding the hope that one day we will be able to celebrate the end of all wars.

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    Spiritual Practice: Stepping Stones

    Sunday, November 9, 2014, 4:11 PM [General]

    Life is a journey.  If you think of the road from birth to the present moment, no doubt there will be some significant moments along the way.

    Ira Progoff referred to these moments as steppingstones.  In a quiet moment, let your mind roam your memories.  After you have a feel for the road, make a list of ten steppingstones.

    Now check your list.  How have these stepping stones shaped your life?  Which, if any, of these stepping were moments of darkness? 

    All of us have moments when we feel like our resources have been depleted.  The vision of what we thought could be dims.  We lose interest and motivation.  We feel as if we have been abandoned. 

    This is a common experience of life.  How do we find the strength to move on?  These moments can become turning points. A time to reevaluate, set priorities, learn, move on, often in a totally different direction.

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    Spiritual Practice: Affirm I am good enough!

    Sunday, November 2, 2014, 5:30 PM [General]

    The most important thing to know about yourself is that you are good enough. You don't have to be the best at anything to have a great life. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.

    Each day this week, at least three times a day, remind yourself: “I am good enough.”

    Here are some suggested times to practice.
    First thing in the morning, when you are grooming yourself in front of a mirror, look at yourself and say, “I am good enough.”

    When something goes very well for you or you experience joy, remind yourself that this experience comes to you because you are good enough.

    When something goes wrong, you feel discouraged or inadequate, stop for a moment and remind yourself, “I am good enough.”

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    Spiritual practice: Love God and Neighbor, an experience of nondual reality

    Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:58 PM [General]

    Jews, Christians and Muslims tend toward command, with attendant reward and punishment.  So, as in today’s gospel lesson:  “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Hindus and Buddhists, tend toward observation and description.  Self is undivided, undiminished, even though individual selves are arising and diminishing manifestations of the Self.  

    Mystics embrace experience.  They experience the One Self and unity with one another and then use limited human language to express the experience.

    During this week notice how you experience love for God and neighbor.  Something you think you should do?  An observation or description?  An experience?

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