Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I am Grateful

I am grateful for the ability and freedom to write, for extraordinary courageous and handsome husband Laurence, for my family and friends, for my spiritual mentor and spiritual teachers, for my amazing clients and their willingness to show up,for our new President and his family, for my spiritual journey and connection with God's Grace. I am so grateful God is so gracious.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Letting Go

A client recently shared that she realized she was hanging on to old hurts. It's so hard to let those go. I was talking with a friend over the weekend and realized I still was holding on to hurt feelings from another friend. Hanging on to old pain just multiplies the pain. I heard myself tell the story AGAIN of what she said. This time it was the last. I decided in that moment I don't want to repeat this story any longer. I accept as I let go of this old hurt just as I watch this tree outside my window let go of its leaves. I make room for newness in my life. I am grateful for my spiritual path and the practices along the way.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rejuvenate and restore

I went to the coast to visit a friend over the weekend. I forgot what it is like to take the time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Life is so full. It takes commitment to schedule time away from all the activity of life. I plan to make it a regular practice...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Don't worry--just pray

I've talked with so many people that have voiced their excitement about our new president. In the next breath, they whisper 'I hope he'll be ok.'

We all worry. I have trained myself (ok, I am still training myself) to visualize what I want instead of what I don't want. One way that helps is the Prayer of Protection. Rather than seeing all the bad stuff that can happen, this prayer allows us to send light and love. Try it. Let me know what you think.

The light of God surrounds you,
The love of God enfolds you,
The power of God protects you,
The presence of God watches over you.
Wherever you are, God is.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

I read an amazing article in O Magazine (Dec) about a documentary about a group of ordinary Liberian women who managed to stop the country's 14-year civil war. Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the story of Gbowee, a mother of five, who realized the war kept her children in poverty their entire lives. She took action with street marches and prayer vigils and created a movement that stopped the civil war.

What an extraordinary example of what we can do and how every action can make a difference in the world. When I have the listing of when the movie will be back in Portland, I will let you know.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Heard Lee Woodruff (wife of Bob Woodruff ABC news co-anchor) speak at Voices the other night. What an inspiring story!! She said three things that are important to not to say to a caregiver in the middle of crisis:
Don't say 'Call Me' - pray instead
Don't say What do you need - just find out from another friend and do it.
Don't say You have sure been through a lot this year - they don't need a reminder.

She shared an amazing story of love, devotion and faith.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Next Day

What was it like to wake up on Nov 5. Sorry Sasha and Malia, I can’t play with you today. I have a new job I have to prepare for. I’m the new President of the United States.

Never before have I wondered about the incoming president. I certainly didn’t care what George Bush was thinking or doing. He wasn’t available or even real to me. Obama is real. What he does matters. How is family is doing is important.
Barak Obama opened the hearts of the world. I listened to BBC radio as listeners called in from around the world to celebrate the new president. I cried as I listened. The news journalist asked the man from Kenya, why is Obama becoming president so important to you. He is not president of your country. The man from Kenya replied, "He is setting the example for all the leaders of the world. They have to pay attention now."

Less than 24 hours after he was elected, people were wondering how he was going to deal with all the issues facing him. What they don’t realize is that he lives in the realm of possibilities. He knows that there are all kinds of options and opportunities available. He knows that principle is not bound by precedent. When we live in the realm of universal principle, we’re not bound by solutions of the past. Anything is possible. I am grateful for the new world we live in.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Class: Revealing the Spirit of Christmas

Do you ever feel like the true meaning of Christmas has all but disappeared?

Christmas is about being guided and directed by Spirit. It is about lives having greater meaning, about generosity, about giving way to a higher idea. Christmas is about love and loyalty, about finding safety in a chaotic time and about revealing wisdom.

We do not give birth to our awareness of Divinity in the hustle and bustle of the commercial world, or the noise of our everyday life. This class is an opportunity to get away from the busy time of the holidays and makes a way for an uplift of our consciousness.

The purpose of this class is to move beyond the stress-filled experience of the holidays into an enlightened awareness of the mystical message of Christmas. Please join us for a peaceful and sacred day!

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008
Time: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Fee: $45 includes materials and lunch
Location: NE Portland