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    Spiritual Practice: Create a Compassion Collage

    Sunday, May 13, 2012, 4:54 PM [General]

    Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”  


    During this week make a collection of pictures of people, places, and things for which you feel compassion. Include pictures of yourself, family, and friends.  Also, include pictures of people you don’t know but whose situation moves you to send them compassionate wishes.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Experience the Nurturing Presence

    Sunday, May 6, 2012, 4:24 PM [General]

    Jesus said:  “Abide in me as I abide in you.”  This was his way of reminding us of the source of our being.  


    At the beginning of the day, say these words, “Abide in me as I abide in you.”  Whenever you think of them during the day, repeat them.  At the end of the day try to recall the situations during the day in which you repeated these words.  What happened as you did?

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

     

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    Spiritual practice: Random acts of Kindness

    Sunday, April 29, 2012, 7:30 PM [General]

    Kindness is contagious.  See if you can perform one random act of kindness each day this week.  If you miss a day, be kind to yourself and let it go!

     

    Here are a couple of suggestions:

    • Send a card or note to someone you think about.
    • Buy a stranger a cup of coffee.
    • Let someone go in front of you in the checkout line.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob


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    Spiritual Practice: Be Present to your Doubts

    Sunday, April 15, 2012, 7:07 PM [General]

    Doubt or uncertainty makes most people uncomfortable at least at times.  To resolve this uneasiness, people will sometimes tell themselves a story.  While it answers the gnawing question for a moment, in the end, the story often takes our energy because we go to great lengths to defend or justify the story.  This week, try a different approach.  Sit quietly with your doubt or uncertainty.Simply let it be.  Note what happens to you as you practice.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Look for places of hope

    Sunday, April 8, 2012, 4:18 PM [General]

    Howard Thurman advises:

    "Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born.”  This is the story of Easter.

     

    During this week set aside some time with your family or friends to talk about the places in your life where you have seen hope come alive.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Be Present to Another’s Suffering

    Sunday, April 1, 2012, 4:56 PM [General]

    During this Passion Week, Christians walk with Jesus through his time of suffering, trial, and death.  Of course, we do this in our devotional imagination.  


    There are people right around us who are suffering.  Maybe you know of one such person or you know where you can find such a person.  During this week give someone who is suffering the gift of your love, care and support.  You can imagine the way to do it--maybe a visit, a card, a phone call, running an errand, or  ...

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Expand your boundaries

    Sunday, March 25, 2012, 7:32 PM [General]

    I’m suggesting you expand your boundaries by practicing a loving kindness meditation.   It takes place in four steps.

    Step 1.  Quiet yourself and be aware of yourself.  Send a message of love to yourself.  Maybe something like this:  “I deeply and fully love myself.”

    Step 2.  In the quiet state bring into your awareness a friend or loved one.  Send them a message of love. Maybe something like this:  May you feel love--love for yourself, love I send you, love from the universe, love from God.

    Step 3:  Repeat step 2 for someone for whom you have neutral feelings; maybe the clerk at the store you visited today.  

    Step 4:  Repeat step 2 for someone you would naturally avoid or shun, or someone for whom you feel a degree of hostility.

    Blessings on your practice this week!
    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Face your Fears

    Sunday, March 18, 2012, 9:57 PM [General]


    The Senoi people teach their children to honor their dreams by asking in the morning, “What did you dream?”

    One day a child answered, “I dreamed a tiger was chasing me.”

    “The next time that happens, stop running.  Turn and face the tiger,” the elder counseled.

    A few days later the child reported a tiger dream again.  What happened?  “When I turned to face the tiger, it turned into a kitten.”

    That’s the power of facing your fear, pain, or ill feelings.  


    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Honor your Sacred Spaces

    Sunday, March 11, 2012, 4:53 PM [General]

    Sacred space is the space you set aside for your holy work--caring for yourself, healing, nurturing, calming, energizing.  The space may be a physical location, a place you go to.  The space may be an inner place or an inner attitude.

    During this week find ways to honor your internal and external sacred spaces.

    Peace and blessings!

    Bob

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    Lenten Journal for the fourth week of Lent

    Saturday, March 10, 2012, 1:20 PM [General]

    For each week of Lent, I have suggested 5 questions tied to one of the readings for the Sunday coming.   Here is my offering for the fourth week, March 18.  

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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