Posts tagged Listening
Is This Your First Day?

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.

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Who Are You Now?

I have had a wonderfully surprising week.  Pathways of Grace is going through a time of evaluating how best to use the space and what looking at what is needed to allow everyone to listen deeply to their lives.  When we teach Deep Listening we always begin with asking everyone to listen to their own lives first.  We truly can’t hear another without first listening to ourselves.

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Who is Driving Your Bus? Part 2

Buses feel like passive modes of transportation. You get on, someone takes to the next destination. Yet there is a lot that happens on the bus. One agrees to riding with other people. There are unspoken and spoken rules about who can sit where, when to give up one's seat, making eye contact or a conversation with a stranger. I have to say that in my years of being a bus rider 98% of the time everyone was pleasant and gracious to one another. Even if a word was never spoken.

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Waking Up Is Hard To Do

Have you ever heard the lyrics “breaking up is hard to do?” Well, there are many days I would counter those lyrics with “waking up is hard to do.” To stay present to myself, to those around me and the events of the moment requires a myriad of skills and tools that, frankly, I’m still learning and often forget to practice in the moment. And, while volumes of material have been written on the many waking devices available to us, I would like to explore three with you today; self-compassion, a daily practice, and community.

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You Can’t Unfriend Everyone

Have you ever had a day where the overload of people at the Holidays is too much?  Too many people at the store, on the roads, at functions and events. This month has a lot more relational activities for many than the rest of the year. Extra effort is put into connecting with people who haven’t been a regular part of our lives. And this is a lot when these are the people who are cared about—but what about the people that just drive us nuts? 

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Do I HAFTA?

I want to share some thoughts that were shared with me during a breakfast with my friend Jeannette. Ever feel that pull, like you are being deprived? That the outside world is dictating your life? As contemplatives, a good question to ask is “is that true?” Here are Jeannette’s thoughts. -Amanda

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Are You Disaster-Proof?

My heart breaks for all the people who have been affected by the hurricanes and massive water.  As much as we like to feel in control of the world Nature can come and remind us life can change in a heartbeat.  Or we hear that war could truly be a push of a button away.  We get these same reminders when witnessing, death, illness and accidents.  The first reaction is often empathy and if there is honesty also a want to run because when life changes drastically for even one person those who witness are faced with the reality that life as they know it could also change in a heart beat.

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