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    Spiritual practice: Let it be

    Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:58 PM [General]

    Often we struggle with what happens to us in our lives.

    Sometimes it is because something seems to be thrust upon us and we don’t want it.  Sometimes something happens that confuses us.  Sometimes we do things we wish we hadn’t done.  In short, we feel threatened, out of control or unacceptable to ourselves or someone else.

    In those moments, for that matter in any moment, can you simply say to yourself  “Let it be”?  During this week use this phrase as your mantra.  Notice what happens when you release your desires and accept what is.


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    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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