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    Spiritual Practice: Let Your Suffering Teach You

    Sunday, March 3, 2013, 5:22 PM [General]

    Our human experience of suffering, distress and disappointment binds us to the whole of the human family.  Time to heal, time to grow, time to change are also part of our common experience.

    A grieving woman came to the Buddha.  She wanted to be relieved of her grief.  The Buddha told her the only way to relieve her grief was to go to the nearby village and find someone to give her a common mustard seed.  The Buddha placed one qualification on the household who gave the seed, it could never have experienced grief.  A few days later the woman came back, much more peaceful.  She came without a mustard seed.  She found many households willing to give her the seed.  She could not find one that had not experienced grief.  She realized she was not alone.

    This week think of the part of your experience that causes you to suffer.  See if you can find a person who has never experienced suffering.  After a few days of such a search, what do you discover?

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob 

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    Spiritual practice: remain open and receptive

    Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4:48 PM [General]

    This week let an empty cup remind you to be open and receptive.  When you fill the cup or watch another fill it for you, remind yourself that as you are open and receptive, you, too, will be filled.


    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob


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    Lenten Lectio Divina

    Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:43 AM [General]

    Several small groups in our church are using a set of Scripture readings to do Lectio Divina as part of their Lenten discipline. I've shared the readings at this link.

    www.newbergfumc.org/bob_files/Lectio.htm

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Experience transfiguration

    Sunday, February 10, 2013, 4:27 PM [General]

    In the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, the disciples saw Jesus as pure light.  They did not see him in one of his many roles—teacher, healer, preacher. They saw as it were the purity of deity.

    What happens to you when you let  go of  the image you hold of yourself?  What happens when you let go of your thoughts or at least don't cling to them?  What happens when you simply observe?

    This week, practice letting go of your thoughts, images, and feelings and simply observe them without judgment. This may be a moment of transfiguration for you.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Practice The Change You Want To Manifest

    Sunday, February 3, 2013, 5:30 PM [General]

    What change would you like to see in the way you live in the world?   You could have in mind a different way of thinking, speaking or acting.  You may have in mind specific contexts in which you would like to exhibit the change.  

     

    Here are two suggestions how to bring about the change.  First, get as clear a picture as you can of the different you in the context you imagine.  Bring that picture to mind several times during each day.  Second, practice the change of thinking, speaking or behaving. Practice alone at first.  Then try out your new way of being in real life situations.

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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