Spiritual practice: Reflecting on the past year

    Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7:50 PM [General]

    As 2014 draws to a close you can take a few minutes to reflect on the highlights and low points of the year.  I suggest you make a list of about five each, highlights and low points.  When you’ve finished your two lists, use these questions for reflection. 

    With regard to your low points, how have you moved beyond these and how might you use them for your growth in the year to come?

    Focusing on your highlight list, pick one thing to work on.  I suggest the one that draws your energy and attention.  You can repeat this exercise for each item on your list, if you wish.  Can you trace the trajectory of this item from someplace in the past?  Maybe it is a series of events you remember from another period of your life.  Maybe it is something you recall from your parents or other ancestors.  Maybe it is something you feel like you have experienced before (some people may even think these are events from a previous life).  Once you’ve drawn a line from the past, in your imagination, extend the line into the future.  What does this trajectory suggest for the coming year?  How do you want to be sensitive to its unfolding and evolving in the year to come?

    Happy New Year!

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    Merry Christmas!

    Thursday, December 25, 2014, 11:17 AM [General]

    Today we celebrate incarnation.  “The Word became flesh.”  In so many ways we experience Emmanuel, God with us. 

    As a spiritual practice throughout the days of Christmas, look for symbols which suggest to you how the presence of God takes on flesh today.

    Can you find ways to honor these symbols?  Maybe take a picture, draw a picture, write a poem, or sing a carol.

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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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