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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    Spiritual practice: See Jesus “in the least of these”

    Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:00 PM [General]

    This week's spiritual practice is inspired by Jesus' story of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
    For one day, without necessarily changing your routine, intentionally look to see who is there. Do you see any of the people Jesus referred to in this gospel—the sick, the thirsty, the hungry, the imprisoned, the naked? Can you see Jesus in the people you see? How do you respond to them?

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    Spiritual practice: Open to Possibility

    Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3:33 PM [General]

    Jesus’ parable about talents reminds us that when we are in the flow, freely receiving and freely giving, more comes along.  When we block the flow, we lose even what we had.

    Here are some suggestions life coaches make to open yourself to the free flow of possibility:

    • Realize you’re not the only one with fears.
    • Ask what is my greatest opportunity at this moment.
    • Visualize what you want to do, who you want to be, and what you want to have.
    • Challenge your beliefs about what you can and can’t do.  
    • Say yes to something you always talk yourself out of.
    • Start something you always assumed it was too late to do.  
    • Stop negative self-talk.

    During this week use one or more of these suggestions to approach your day in a way that opens you to possibility.

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    Veteran's Day Hope

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 11:51 AM [General]

    The eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month commemorates the temporary armistice (1918) leading to the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Apparently the celebration was premature. Today there are wars in 64 countries. Still we can hold the vision that war will cease. Every time I accompanied soldiers to a training exercise or once into combat and once in support of families left behind while their soldiers went to war, I found myself singing a verse from Harry Emerson Fosdick’s 1930 hymn:

    Cure thy children’s warring madness, 
    bend our pride to thy control; 
    shame our wanton, selfish gladness, 
    rich in things and pour in soul. 
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, 
    lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

    On this Veterans Day, the commemoration that morphed from Armistice Day, I give thanks for the 25 years I had to be associated with soldiers and their families on active duty and in the reserves. At the same time, I’m holding the hope that one day we will be able to celebrate the end of all wars.

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