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Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness

Good Evening, God! Michael Card has written a book exploring the Hebrew word Hesed. This word is used throughout the Bible and it has no simple English definition. So each of the main definitions gets a chapter. I am only

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Posted in accepting my authority to set limits, accepting my need for help, being a Slow Learner, connecting, LOVE, Patience, Trusting God

The Stories we tell ourselves

Good Evening, God! In the newspaper this morning I read an article about how, since 9/11, there has been a surge in companies offering to train police to be “warriors”. The article quotes from a 2015 Harvard Law Review article

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Posted in A God given diversity, a new view of Commons, Being With, connecting, Conversations, Empathy, systematic rebuilding required, Talking Together

Filling our Hearts with Love

Good Evening, God I’ve joked for years about there being Slow Learners and Non Learners. That’s it. No Fast Learners! At least, not for anything truly important. This is a comfort to me as come to a deeper understanding of

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Posted in Centering Prayer, connecting, Expand my Heart, Hearts, LOVE, putting down daily diversions, The daily details of love, web of life

Time in Silence . . .

Good Evening, God! “we simply cannot do without the silence of prolonged prayer, which enables us better to perceive God’s language . . ” Pope Francis. This Saturday (June 20) is our Morning of Prayer — 90 minutes of silence.

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Posted in acknowledging my need for prayer, Centering Prayer, Expand my Heart, imagining, LOVE, Silence

The Need to Win . . .

Good Afternoon, God! I have been reading The Way of Chuang Tzu done by Thomas Merton. By “done” I mean Merton created his own version of earlier translations. It feels like a book of double wisdom. This story caught my

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Posted in a prayer for healing, a series of molts and upgrades, Abundant Life, accepting my need for help, awareness, Balancing and adjustments, being repotted, courage to see myself, Expand my Heart

Humus, Humility and Earthworms

Good Day, God! A quote from Carl Jung: “In my case Pilgrim’s Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.” I

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Posted in connecting, developing helpful definitions of love, humility, Humility or Needing Help!, self care as self compassion and humility, the Growth Mindset

Compassion for My Human Condition

Good Evening God, Having my false self stripped away . . . layer by layer . . . has given me a semi joyful acceptance of my True Self. I am thankful to be me — but I am aware

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The Usefulness of Prayer

Good Day, God I have taken some small steps toward taking You more seriously. (I suspect You are laughing.) It began with doing Centering Prayer twice a day. Then about a month ago it came to me that I should

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Posted in a prayer for healing, accepting my need for help, acknowledging my need for prayer, Centering Prayer, connecting, Prayer, web of life

The need for new perspectives

Good Morning, God, It feels as if the last few months have brought one new perspective after another. And I have learned that understanding isn’t so much about facts as how those facts are organized and connected. Indeed, what I

Posted in a matter of scale, a new view of Commons, Abundant Life, accepting my ability to REDESIGN, accepting my need for help, adjusting, mental maps, Perspective, perspectives

Small Delights amidst major upheavals

Good Day, God! My mental maps have been buffeted over the last few months and then yesterday we got the video from our senior pastor that he was resigning due to burn out. Sigh. . . But, talking . .

Posted in adjusting, Art, beauty, connecting, Expand my Heart, Hearing, hearing myself, JOY, listening, simple joys of daily life

Blogs I Follow
Brené Brown

chatting and sometimes, listening

Rachel Naomi Remen

chatting and sometimes, listening

A Moment with God

chatting and sometimes, listening

Sacred Dance Guild Journal

Since 1958 articles by members & guests offer news about activities, history, Sacred Dance practices, profiles of Sacred Dancers, choreography, images & illustrations.

Victoria Paulsen

How to Step In -- Substitute Teaching

Brené Brown

chatting and sometimes, listening

Rachel Naomi Remen

chatting and sometimes, listening

A Moment with God

chatting and sometimes, listening

Sacred Dance Guild Journal

Since 1958 articles by members & guests offer news about activities, history, Sacred Dance practices, profiles of Sacred Dancers, choreography, images & illustrations.

Victoria Paulsen

How to Step In -- Substitute Teaching