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    Spiritual practice: Look for Signs of New Life

    Sunday, April 20, 2014, 3:35 PM [General]

    Christ is risen! That’s the Easter proclamation, a word of hope.

    Easter Sunday morning's worship was a celebration of life and the renewal of life.

    My prayer is that you will be inspired to embrace life and that through the week will look for signs of resurrection. To help all who want to look for signs of life I am suggesting the following exercise as a spiritual practice.

    During this first week of Easter, look for signs of new life. Carry a little notebook with you (or open a file on your phone). Every time you see one of those signs of life or renewed life, make a note of it. At the end of the day review your list and remind
    yourself that you have seen signs of life.

    Let Life spring up within you.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Stay in Touch With What Is

    Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6:33 PM [General]

    Today is Passion Sunday. I have written the Spiritual practice keeping in mind that we are living in Holy Week this week. I share it here with the hope that it will be helpful for you during this week.

    Jesus’ Passion is a story of suffering. Our Christian tradition invites us to consider suffering--Jesus’ suffering, our own suffering, the suffering of others, the suffering of the whole world--during holy week.

    Thich Nhat Hahn offers this advice: If you recognize and accept your pain without running away from it, you will discover that although pain exists, joy also exists.
    Just stay in touch with what is actually going on, and you will touch the true nature of suffering and the nature of joy.

    What suffering can you touch and walk with during this week?

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    Spiritual Practice: Live life to the Fullest

    Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:02 PM [General]

    I think when Jesus told Martha that he was the resurrection and the life, that he was encouraging her in the face of death to celebrate life. This thought lies behind the spiritual practice I have suggested for this week. If you find it helpful and think of someone who also might find it helpful, please pass it along.

    Life is a gift. Celebrate it to the fullest. Here are five simple actions you could take this week to celebrate life.

    Fully embrace the now, no matter what the situation.
    Do at least one thing today that brings you joy.
    Live in total awareness for one moment.
    Listen to all the sounds you hear: the wind, trees, birds, crickets, insects, dogs, cars, planes, people-lives intermingling.
    For one moment let go of the complicated and overwhelming expectations you had of what it meant to live life to the fullest

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob


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    Spiritual practice: Meditate on the basic element of earth

    Sunday, March 30, 2014, 4:13 PM [General]

    In today's gospel reading, Jesus spit on the ground and made a poultice of mud which he put on a blind man’s eyes. He told him to go and wash. In this action, the one who called himself the light of the world drew attention to basic elements. The story in brings together three of the basic elements: light,earth and water.

    In May our book study group will consider praying with the basic elements. The book we will use as the entry into this topic is: Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Paintner, Christine Valters.

    For today, I'm suggesting a this spiritual practice: 
    During this week, focus your meditation on the element of earth. Notice how you come in contact with the earth. When do you touch earth? When are you aware of your groundedness? When are you aware of the energy you derive from the earth? As you answer these questions realize that Jesus is putting the poultice of earth on your eyes.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: meditate with water

    Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3:26 PM [General]

    Everytime you touch water this week, let the water call you to a moment of meditation.  Remember Jesus promised to give living water and that living water flows from the deepest part of your being.  Let the water remind you of its life-giving properties.  Be aware of life flowing within you.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob
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