I have learned a lot by having a sensitive gut. One of my biggest learnings has been that presence is more than a one or two second thing. It is a choice. I now choose how I want to be when I eat. I notice my breathing, how many times I chew the food, why I choose the food I do, the gift of conversation and letting go of any thoughts that are not about being in whatever I have chosen. Sound like a lot? In many ways it has been a challenge to get to this place. One thing I have noticed is how many times I would quickly eat something on the run and move on to the next thing. With this new awareness I am seeing the benefits of mindful eating and also feeling the restlessness as I want the whole process to go faster. As I am learning the nuances of digestion, I now see that if there isn’t just the right balance and time to absorb what needs to be absorbed it can wreak havoc on my whole system.Read More
Sometimes the road isn’t determined by what you are passionate about or love to do. Sometime the road is determined by something deeper, what you believe or your core values. This was the case with the changes at Pathways of Grace.Read More
I remember one time I was at a beach you could drive on and decided to try it. The only problem was what I thought was a road to the beach wasn’t and my car quickly sank into the sand. I was alone and had no clue how to get out of there.Read More
Risk is part of every journey. There is always that fork in the road where the questions comes in, “what are you willing to risk?” Either choice requires a risk of some sort. One may be the risk of certainty, are you willing to go into the unknown? The other may be the risk of safety, if you take this safe route you may miss out on something amazing.Read More
The other day I was at a restaurant looking out the window and watched a man on a skateboard waiting for a light to change. While he was waiting, he was practicing some trick that caused the skateboard to flip and he was to land on it. Over and over the skate board flipped and he never landed on it. He just kept doing the trick again and again with no “success.”Read More
Last week I introduced the idea of being open with strangers as a spiritual practice. Now let’s share stories. Here is mine.
When I left Graduate school as a final hurrah my daughter and I were going to Disneyland and while there we were going to visit a friend who was going to take our bird. Where we were moving to no birds were allowed. I did the research with airlines, bought a special carrier and a huge box to put the bird’s cage in and was all set.Read More
Recently I have had experiences that surround the notion of the stranger in our lives. Strangers teach us a lot about ourselves and our inner journey.
Ask yourself –
Do you have time for a stranger? Are you willing to release your schedule for a chance encounter?
How often have you been in a painful conversation and changed the subject because you didn’t know what else to do? When was the last time you were overwhelmed by what was happening around you and felt you were alone in it? Can you remember a time when you knew there was a different way to do life and your mind was trying to figure out what that was feeling like you’d never get the answer?Read More
Pathways of Grace would like to welcome our new Artist in Residence, Mitra Kamali
Mitra Kamali, a mother, an artist, human rights activist and a petroleum engineer, is an Iranian born American citizen who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mitra’s parents sent her to United States to study abroad and to be independent at age of 17 years old.Read More
The new year is a great time for new beginnings. As awareness begins, so does the want to change or add things to our lives. We often say, “This year I’m going to change ‘blank’”. Having awareness means change!
Deepening One’s Life
Awareness can also mean deepening one’s life. This is what I will be doing for 2019 in my business. Instead of adding a new program or trying a new tool to help the business expand this year, I am going to take what is working and deepen it. By deepening it, I mean become aware of what is working and how I can make it even more useful for myself (and others).Read More
I have had several conversations this week about comfort zones. In our last Connecting To God Spiritual Direction Training group, we discussed our innate desire for comfort and satisfaction. Most of the time you can live within your comfort zone. It is like a security blanket that wraps you up. You know what to expect when going to work, play, and within the communities you belong to. The challenge is that comfort zone is very hard to maintain, and it does not invite growth. Our comfort zone is challenged all the time. Because we desire comfort and want the feeling of satisfaction, it can quietly become what we live for if we are not aware. This lack of awareness can cause more dis-ease when change happens. Like waking a sleeping bear that just wants to go back to bed.Read More
I’m an early to bed, early to rise kind of person. When New Year’s Eve comes around, most of the time I wait until New Year’s Day to greet it with the sunrise. There are years when I am with family and friends who want to stay up and greet the new year at midnight. On those occasions I need a lot of intention and distraction to keep myself awake and even then, it’s no guarantee. Many times, someone is shaking me awake saying “Happy New Year!”.Read More
We are so grateful to have been able to journey with you this past year! Thank you for choosing to make Pathways of Grace a part of your journey.Read More
Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed season of love…..Happy Holidays!Read More
The thought of being compassionate can bring exhaustion instead of love. Does that ever happen to you? Whether that is towards yourself or towards others - you think of adding a spiritual practice, focusing on Spirit or acting compassionately to others in some way and the reaction is resistance?Read More
This time of year just overflows with circumstantial abundance. This abundance takes so many forms. You might have an abundance of:
Family or gatherings,
Credit card debt
And on and on it goes…Read More
All of us at Pathways of Grace are so Grateful for all of you!! Thank you for being a part of our community!!Read More
Sometimes the thought of an aware life can feel overwhelming. There is so much to be aware of! Where do you even start? Yet if the aware life is more about practice than mastery finding small ways to be aware of one area of life can aid into becoming aware of all of life. Little noticings done with intention can have a big impact. Here is a 6 week practice to help heighten your awareness.Read More
Motivation is a huge spiritual practice. You know you need to meditate but don’t. Everyday I walk by my exercize equipment I think I need to get up a few minutes earlier and use that. You know you need to get your finances in order but you choose something else instead.Read More
This picture is of Gail and Jessica who have been regulars at our weekly meditation for at least 3 years. We don’t spend much time together, just a half and hour a week and 20 minutes of that has been in silence yet I would call these two soul sisters.Read More