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    Spiritual practice for the week after Pentecost Sunday: Multilingual Praise

    Sunday, May 19, 2013, 5:38 PM [General]

    ...at this sound the crowd gathered and was amazed, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.  --Acts 2:6

     

    During this week look for experiences that amaze you. Then tell some about one of your experiences.  Notice the language you use, the language of narration, of poetry, of description, of science, of philosophy.  Maybe you even quote a word from scripture or sacred writing.  Practice praising God in multiple languages.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Just like me

    Sunday, May 12, 2013, 5:33 PM [General]

    Use the phrase "just like me" to signify your unity with others. Whenever you find yourself making an assessment of another person, whether you are saying something critical or something complimentary, right after you think or say it, add the statement "just like me."

     

    For example, "My partner is so stubborn, just like me." "My friend is so generous with her time, just like me." "She holds too many grudges, just like me." "He is so creative, just like me."

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Breathing Peace

    Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:48 PM [General]

    You can use Thich Nhat Hahn’s poem to practice peace.   Breathe the poem several times each day.

    On the in breath:      Breathing in, I calm body and mind.

    On the out breath:    Breathing out, I smile.

    On the in breath:      Dwelling in the present moment

    On the out breath:    I know this is the only moment.”

    ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

     

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Ho’opononopono

    Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4:32 PM [General]

    Here's a Spiritual practice for the week: Ho’opononopono
    A simple practice for healing and reconciliation comes from Hawaii. One finds variations in other Polynesian cultures.

    Repeat these words often during the day. You can repeat them without a context or you can place them in a context by bringing to mind a specific person or a particular setting.

    I’m sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Live the Promise

    Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:28 PM [General]

    The fourth Sunday of Easter is called Good Shepherd Sunday.  In the readings for this day Jesus offers four promises:

     

    1. My sheep hear my voice.
    2. I know them.  
    3. I give them eternal life.  
    4. No one will snatch them out of my hand.  

    Pick one of these phrases to live with for one day.  You could try this four times using a different promise each day.  Periodically through the day, stop what you're doing and repeat the words of the promise.  What connections do you make?  Do not judge whether they are logical; simply note the connection and go on.  You may want to write about the connections you make in your journal.

     

    Peace and Blessing!

    Bob

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