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
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?
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
Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed season of love…..Happy Holidays!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
We all begin in darkness. A zygote in the eternal mother’s womb. We are sheltered, fed, tended by the dark, all our needs met. We are warm. We are safe. We belong to everything and there is no separation between me and it and her and him and they. There is only what is. But then… we are thrust into the light. A disconnect happens.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
by Kim de Beus
Impatiently waiting for transformation
Occur, occur and hurry please
Then it appears, Trust in the Slow Work of God
Brilliant PierreRead 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
When the topic of selfcare comes up often it refers to things like rest, eating in a way that supports one body or taking a vacation. And those are awesome ways of taking care of yourself. Yet I have witnessed that selfcare can be activated only in emergency situations, such as illness, burnout, or depression. There is another side to selfcare.Read More
This week has been painful for our nation and for individual lives. I have encountered and sat with people who are feeling angry, overwhelmed, sad and despondent just to name a few emotions. It feels like an open wound that will not heal.Read More
Sometimes finding peace isn’t all it’s promoted to be. I haven’t found many places that talk about that. You do all this inner and enlightening work and your vision of life expands and then… Life just continues to march on as usual. In most cases it gets harder!Read More
September reminds me of the first day of school and all my new supplies; sharp pencils, new erasers and the all-important lunchbox and backpack. Picking supplies out was thrilling. And then I’d get to school and my energy would be all over the place. The reality didn’t match my expectations and then I didn’t feel like I wanted to start the new school year anymore.Read More
“Talking to them is like talking to a brick wall.” Have you ever had a conversation where all you are thinking is “they are so stubborn, if they would only look at life a bit differently it would be so much better?” What do you do with the stubborn, set-in-their-ways people in your life? This is a question I hear a lot, especially from people who have experienced awakening or have opened up to God in their lives and know the benefits of changing your perspective. The gift of freedom and love is so strong that when you bump into someone who is closed off and complaining about it and yet refuses to do anything about it the contrast actually feels painful.Read More