Spiritual

Blessings

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There are blessings in every human experience. Finding them is the key. Especially the painful ones. Whether it's to learn a lesson or humble an inflated ego, god has mysterious ways of working in...

Drop the Load – Just One Thing by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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Drop the Load Are you doing too much? The Practice: Drop the load. Why? You may have seen the old Mickey Mouse movie in which he is working at a conveyor belt in a factory. More and more widgets...

Tendonitis as Spiritual Teacher

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Until last autumn, when I overused one of my tendons while walking 520 miles of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain, I had never sustained a mobility-impairing injury.  While...

Diagnosis: Spiritual Whiplash

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What's "spiritual whiplash"?  In my case, snapping from deep gratitude to intoxicating greed in less time than it takes to say namaste.  The gratitude:  As I wrote on my blog  recently ("Cents and Sensible Shoes"),...

The God who sees me

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In Positano, I duck into a church, where street sounds are hushed and air stifles and Italian women genuflect, loudly kissing their fingertips and offering the gesture up to God. I automatically look up,...

After a Death, an Ant Reminds Me to Choose Life

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A writer I admired passed away on Saturday, March 2.  I met Robyn Richey Piz in a class at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and she invited me to join a writing salon.  I...

Nourishing the Soul

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Wow, I feel great!! I rolled out of bed early Monday morning. I haven’t felt this good in weeks!!  Usually I’m up early and ready to tackle the day but the last few weeks I...

Knitting as Zen Practice

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For years, I've had a knotty relationship with knitting.  As a teenager, I envied friends who, having learned the skill from their mothers, aunts or grandmothers, whipped up scarves and sweaters.  In my freshman...

A blank canvas

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It can be a bit intimidating to get started. That may be true in whatever it is that you’re doing, but especially if you’re creating art. That blank canvas… So much possibility. Possibility — or pressure? Depends on...

“Crucifixion”

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"The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify the false self, that the true self may rise. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is not realized." —Hazrat Inayat Khan,...