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    Spiritual Practice: Making Choices

    Sunday, January 29, 2012, 4:37 PM [General]

    With each choice we make, we either become more involved in a world that binds us and drains us of energy or we participate in a world which brings us energy and wholeness.

     

    During this week consider the choices you make, choices big and small.  Do they enhance life or drain life from you?

     

    Peace and blessings!

    Bob

     

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    Spiritual Practice: Challenge Limiting Beliefs from the Past

    Sunday, January 22, 2012, 4:18 PM [General]

    Beware of your old conditioning and limitations that family or friends may have imposed on you.   When you hear that nagging little voice inside your head telling you why you can’t do something, ask, “Who told you that?”  and ask,  “Is that true?”  You’ll find often that to ask these two questions will free you from those limiting beliefs.

     

     

    Peace and blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Invite someone to "come and see."

    Sunday, January 15, 2012, 4:53 PM [General]

    During this week think about some of the ways you have experienced the movement of spirit.  Then ask yourself who else might appreciate these same things?  When a name comes to mind, make it your point to invite that person to "come and see."  Sharing expeirence is a way of making deep connections with spirit in other people.

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Notice your giving

    Sunday, January 8, 2012, 5:39 PM [General]

    When we think about “giving” we think about finding some special gift, preparing it is some way, like wrapping it, and then delivering it to the person intended. 

    You can also think of giving in a more general way.  In this way, giving is an expression of our connectedness with each other and our sharing of energy and resources.  Sometimes this even takes the form of an economic exchange.  You go to the store and give the clerk some money in exchange for the product you buy.  Or when you’re sharing a meal you pass (read “give”) the salt to the one who asks for it.  Or you see someone who makes you happy and you “give them a smile.”  The point is that we are conduits for many expressions of energy. 

    Over the next few days, notice how many things you “give.”  Let this giving remind you that you are a conduit for the blessings of the universe.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

     

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    Spiritual Practice: Follow Your Star

    Sunday, January 1, 2012, 5:04 PM [General]

    Joseph Campbell wrote:  

    Find a place where there’s joy,

    and thejoy will burn out the pain.

    Life is without meaning.

    You bring meaning to it.

    Follow your bliss

    and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

     

    The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe.

    We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

     

    During this week notice those moments when your “heartbeat matches the beat of the universe.”  Seek to live in that rhythm.

     

     

    Peace and Blessings! 

    Bob

     

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    Spiritual Practice: See Significance in the Common

    Sunday, December 25, 2011, 2:30 PM [General]

    A little village shepherds tending their flocks, a young woman giving birth, a bewildered first-time father—these are common things.  These are the elements that combine to make a significant story:  The Christmas story.

    During this spectacular season, think of some of the “common” events in your life.  How are those events really spectacularly significant?

    Peace and blessings!

    Bob

     

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    Spiritual Practice: Be Nurtured by a Symbol

    Sunday, December 18, 2011, 6:31 PM [General]

    At this time of year we are surrounded by symbols.  Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza bring holiday symbols.  Nature itself brings change in the moon, sky, and air at this time of winter solstice.

     

    Each day this week take a little time, as little as one minute, to pick one of those symbols that nurtures you.   Be aware of how good that symbol makes you feel.  End your time of embracing the symbol with a “Thank you.”

     

    Peace and blessings!

    Bob

     

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    Spiritual Practice: Bring Christ to the World

    Monday, December 12, 2011, 1:16 PM [General]

    Mary uttered the ultimate word of surrender. When the angel told her she would have a child, she said, “Let it be with me according to your word.”  Her surrender to the will of God made it possible for her to bring God into the world.  The church has since called her theotokos, “bearer of God,” sometimes translated “mother of God.”

     

    Each of us is called to be theotokos, a bearer of God.  Look for opportunities this week to bring Christ into your life and your interactions with other people.

     

    Peace and blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Witness the light

    Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:43 PM [General]

    During this week take a couple of times to meditate on the significance of light. 

     

    One way to do that is to light a candle and watch it burn for a few minutes.  Another is to look at the stars at night.  Light is all around.  You can find other times this week to witness light. 

     

    Let your mind make its own connections to your experience of light and how you are a reflection of God’s light in the world.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Thinking into a changed life: a reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 6:59 PM [General]

    John the Baptist brought a new idea into an old world and encouraged people to change the way they think (repent, metanoia).   We tell ourselves a story--a sequence of thoughts.  I wondered how many thoughts do we have each day?  So, I posed the question to Google.  One website answered:  “There are four web sites I have found that range between 12,357 and 60,000 thoughts per day”  Another website, by the way, estimated that 80% of those thoughts are negative.

     

    Albert Einstein said:  “You can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it.”  Pema Chodron suggests that if we want to change our lives, we need to change our story--the sequence of thoughts we have; our consciousness.

     

    One source referred to an unnamed Harvard study that concluded we have three new thoughts each day.  These new thoughts are like John crying in the wilderness:  “Prepare the way of the Lord.”  They are a call to repentance, a change of thinking, a new story, a new consciousness.

     

    I wish I could tell you how to introduce those new thoughts into your consciousness.  I admit I’m stumped.  I’ve asked myself and my psychologist and psychiatrist friends, “Where do thoughts come from?”  I’m hoping that if I could figure out where they come from I might be able to influence them, create them, modify them and so on.  Unfortunately, my expert friends don’t know much more than I do.  Now where does that thought come from?

     

    If we have the power to create new thoughts, by our self talk or affirmations, perhaps, then we could create anew reality.  Of course our self talk or affirmations may be composed of thoughts we're already thinking so we haven’t consciously created them.  My question comes back, “Where do thoughts come from?”  In any case the new thoughts that do come have the potential of leading us to repentance, a new way of thinking, a new consciousness, new stories, new life.  Ah Jesus will be born in us as these new thoughts take root.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

     

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