spirit

A prayer for today.

July 17, 2017

‘Infinite Spirit within me, Gaia, cause me to think and act kindly; constrain my mind to gentleness and peace; guide my thoughts into loving kindness and eternal forgivingness; and cause me in all my ways to follow the path of truth and justice. I judge no person and am judged by none. It is my sincere desire that everything I do or say or think will come into harmony with universal truth and justice. I judge no person and am judged by none. It is my sincere desire that everything I do or say or think will come into harmony with universal truth and peace, with love and joy. Consciously I let go of everything that is unkind and seek to so enter into communion with the Eternal Spirit that I shall reflect to my environment and manifest in all that I do the spirit of kindness, of justice, and of compassion.’

A light from within…

May 2, 2017

‘As the sun spilled over the face of the [tree], I realized that just as gravity will always pull things to the Earth’s center, the life-force of the Universe will always emanate from its center into the world.’

-Mark Nepo

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April 5, 2017

‘How do trees deal with injustice? They grow a branch whoever they were cut.’

‘Why do I keep running, when I have no interest in moving?’

Be the peace.

February 23, 2017

Science of Mind

“Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ Let’s use that same formula and say, ‘Be the peace you want to see in the world.’ When we are the peace in the midst of the turmoil, we open up to receive the gifts of the Spirit.

In this peace we are divine instruments through which the all good of God flows to us, through us, and as us.”

Minding the gap.

October 27, 2016

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(Photo: San Juan’s Lopez Island, Washington, October 2016)

‘Because the space between what we intend and what we do is often great, we keep beginning. Because the gap between what we feel and what we say is often surprising, we keep trying. Because the field between what we experience and what we understand is so vast, we keep growing.’

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So often we refuse to listen, we become obsessed with remaking the world in our own image, rather than opening the spirit of what is. At the deepest level, ours is not to make ourselves heard but to be still enough to hear. As the Native American Elder Sa’k’ej Henderson says, “To truly listen is to risk being changed forever.”’

-Mark Nepo

‘…stop making, stop doing, stop thinking…and just listen…’

Life’s tapestry.

October 11, 2016

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‘Life may downsize the things we rely on or how we see ourselves, but our spirit waits like a song in a blanket. No matter how dear the tapestry, there is something more dear in each of us that waits for the blanket to be lifted, so that our spirit can sing.’


‘There are countless stories of people whose lives truly find their meaning after events force them to give up careers that they have been devoted to.Close you eyes and thing of your work as the glass, and how you are as the water.’

-Mark Nepo

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September 12, 2016

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“Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When we truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find our source – the one responsible for keeping us grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life.”
-Julie Weiland

Spirit.

August 14, 2016

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‘Today I hold a communion with this invisible Presence that peoples the world with the manifestations of Its life, Its light, and Its love.’

-Science of Mind

Blackbird.

August 2, 2016

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‘Blackbird singing in the dead of night,

Take these sunken eyes and learn to see

All your life, you were only waiting

    for this moment to be free.’

-Paul McCartney, ‘Blackbird’

“I read that McCartney wrote this song about the civil rights struggle after reading about American race riots. He said he got ‘The idea of using a blackbird as a symbol for a black person. It wasn’t necessarily a black bird, but it works that way…Take these broken wings was very much in my mind…it was purposely symbolic.’

McCartney said he penned it in his kitchen in Scotland not long after an incident when the US federal courts forced the racial desegregation of the Little Rock Arkansas, school system.

It is said that freedom begins in the heart.

Many of us are still waiting to be free – – liberated from ourselves – – from our perceived limitations. We yearn for freedom from our patterns of holding ourselves captive and remaining bound to our likes and dislikes, locked in an unwillingness to expand beyond our fears and the past. Freedom from a limiting self-identity is spiritual freedom. Regardless of circumstances, we are called to freedom – – to live from the heart – – in more love, less fear.”

-Rev. Andriette Earl, Heart and Soul Center of Light in Oakland, California

July 9, 2016

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Community.

June 11, 2016

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‘We don’t make it to those peak experiences in our lives without help. Life is meant to be lived in relationship and community with others who encourage, support and sometimes even pull us forward into a greater experience that we wouldn’t have reached by ourselves. Every time we interact with another, we are giving Spirit another opportunity to know itself, to love itself and to future itself.’

-Science of Mind

Gaia.

February 9, 2016

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“Every tree, every plant, has a spirit. People may say that the plant has no mind. I tell them that the plant is alive & conscious. A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it that is conscious, that sees everything, which is the soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive. The channels through which the water & sap move are the veins of the spirit.”

– Pablo Amaringo

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