Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
You filled my days with rainbow lights,
Fairytales and sweet dream nights,
A kiss to wipe away my tears,
Gingerbread to ease my fears.
You gave the gift of life to me
And then in love, you set me free.
I thank you for your tender care,
For deep warm hugs and being there.
I hope that when you think of me
A part of you
You'll always see.
Happy Mother's Day to all the women in my life.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Didn't want to walk this morning. Talked myself into it even though it was raining. A this point in my walk I've been having a debate with myself about whether to do the hills or turn right and go through the park.
Normally it's not a problem, but lately with allergies, lack of sleep and adrenal weariness, I have this little talk with myself. Today I pressed through and did the hills and actually had more energy when I was done.
It's just like life. Press through the tough stuff and there is a blessing on the other side. It all takes practice...
Monday, May 4, 2009
Andrew Newberg is a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania and is also the author of a new book "How God Changes Your Brain." The new research shows that "the physical and emotional benefits of spiritual observances dramatically accrue over years of practice." The researchers also took a group of people that had never meditated before and taught them a simple meditation practice. After meditating 12 minutes a day for eight weeks, their evaluation showed improvement in memory scores and decrease in anxiety and anger.
The article talks a lot about religion but primarily they are talking about spiritual practices. A fascinating article and research. We already knew this but it is always great when science catches up with spirituality!
Do you have 30 minutes to learn how to expand your energy and experience about money?
Here's some of the money-expanding ideas:
Three emotions that block the flow of money
Three attitudes of acceptance
Seven steps to having a peaceful relationship with money
Date: May 18, 2009
Time: 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Pacific time
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Long distance charges may apply.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I attended the memorial service today for my friend Jae who passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was energetic, joyful, compassionate, caring and truly the presence of love. It was an honor to know him and walk this sacred spiritual journey with him. He will be deeply missed.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I was watching an OPB special about Jerusalem today and once again felt extraordinary gratitude for the opportunity to visit there in February. The sacredness of the city, the richness of its history and the holiness of the revered sites have opened my heart in a most amazing way.
Blessings for a most holy and sacred Easter. May the sacredness of this day continue to shower love and joy on you and your loved ones.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I just returned from Voices lecture series and heard Amy Dickinson of the "Ask Amy" column. She was a warm, humorous and sensitive speaker. A joy to listen to. Her stories about growing up in a small town in upstate NY are priceless. And it was moving to hear her talk about the women in her family that influenced her life and helped shape her values.
She wrote The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, A Daughter and the Town That Raised Them. I am looking forward to reading it.
It was great to laugh tonight. It was great to hear someone's humorous portrayal about the ups and downs of life.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Date: May 13, 20, 27, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of the other person’s throat.” The Shack by William Young
William Young brings many inner questions about God, righteousness, forgiveness, and eternal love to the surface, not to answer them but to probe more deeply into our awareness and beliefs. The story is engaging, suspenseful and is a gift of love. This teleclass is an enticement to look more deeply within and join in a discussion with other like-minded individuals. Please join us!
Date: Monday, May 4, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (phone charges may apply)
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
I think this is one of the more difficult life lessons. I have not been feeling well since I got back from Israel. My expectation is that this virus should be over by now. So every day it is not better, I become more impatient. If I choose to have an expectancy of feeling better, I am not attached to time line or conditions but maybe would appreciate the opportunity to slowdown. That would be much easier than listening to all the whining going on. Now if I will only listen to my own advice…
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Life can be so challenging. It can shake our faith on a daily basis. I know the more grounded I am in faith, I can meet the challenges that show up. Everyone faces doubt or confusion.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Date: March 9, 16, 23, 2009 (Monday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: SW Portland – call for location
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I noticed a few weeks ago that one of the tires on our car looked a little flat. I stopped at the gas station to put air into it. The tire was not inflating no matter how much air was flowing into it. After a visit to the tire store, it turned out to be a bad valve on the tire.
The car manual states that inflating car tires with the correct amount of air is essential for maximizing gas mileage and ensuring even tire wear. So the same goes for maintaining the balance of spirit, mind and body. If we sustain a constant relationship with our spiritual practice (meditation, journaling, prayer, classes, etc) we are able to retain a presence of a peaceful mind and ease in our daily activities. When we are out of spiritual balance, the peaceful experience leaks out and the body feels deflated and lacks energy and we have difficulty getting tasks accomplished. Stress builds in the body because we are operating with less energy.
I realized that doubt is like a bad valve in our thinking. No matter how many positive affirmations, prayers or good thoughts we have in the moment, doubt is a slow leak that can leave us drained, diminished and discouraged.
Tire pressure is measured in PSI, or pounds per square inch. Spiritual balance can be measured in DDP or daily dedicated practice. As we maintain our practice we leave little room for doubt or uncertainty to take hold.
It is so important during the rough, bumpy road that we seem to be traveling lately to take the time to maintain our spiritual balance. It can boost our faith and keep the wheels of life moving with ease and grace.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Later that day I recalled my previous blog post quoting President Obama quoting scripture..."it is time to set aside childish things." I realized that remarks like that are the childish things…judgments, criticisms, ridicule, belittling, blame, etc. They do nothing to empower and everything to sap energy.
I received a powerful reminder this week of the power of the word. One I won't forget soon.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
President Barack Obama
It's been an awesome day. An unforgettable one. I am grateful for the freedom to speak, the freedom to vote, the freedom to watch our country change political power in peace, harmony and joy.
It's been an amazing day.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
One day I realized that I only went out to run errands. I avoided going out for any length of time. I missed fresh air, my brisk walk, my spiritual ritual. One day last week I suited up with rain gear and boots, scarf and gloves and ventured out for an early morning walk. It felt glorious. Our beautiful neighborhood was even more spectacular. The walk felt invigorating.
Fresh air is freedom, joy, beauty and a spiritual necessity.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
A client wants to be more connected to her spiritual practice but she can’t seem to do what it takes to get her practice done. Is it motivation, resistance or fear?
I’ve talked with dozens of people that want something new in life but cannot move forward. They don’t seem to be able to take the steps needed.
Then we suffer. We get upset with ourselves because we haven’t done what we want or achieved the results we want. We judge, criticize, berate and just plain make ourselves wrong. We live in pain.
There is a Japanese technique of achieving great and lasting success through taking small, steady steps called The Kaizen Way. When we achieve one small step, we experience accomplishment! Then take another and another. Each step brings us to the direction we desire.
How do we stop judging ourselves? It takes practice. My favorite technique is to say “That’s interesting’ no matter what happens. I'm still practicing....