Posts tagged Spirituality
Who is Your Tour Guide?

When you are in a new surrounding your awareness is heightened. When you stay in a new place you notice everything. Ever have a visitor come stay with you and they see things about your city that you may never have noticed before? When everything is new your brain is on alert trying to categorize things and make sure you are safe. Once you get used to your surroundings then your brain can shut out large chunks and focus on other things.

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Living With a Midnight Sun

Many of you know I love to walk in the early morning. Now that we have reached June my walk is greeted with sunlight. This changes the whole feel of the walk. In the winter I am bundled up and Miss Grace (my Boston Terrier) is walking very fast because she is cold. My thoughts tend to be more inward because my surroundings are all in the dark. I am also much more sensitive to noises and jumpy because I cannot see what is lurking in the dark. Now that the temps are rising and the sun is coming up, Grace is happy to take her time and would like a lot of sniff breaks. My mind wanders off of self-reflection as I see the wildlife and watch dawn greet the day. I am also more relaxed as I can see my surroundings.

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Lost in Transition

There was a place I used to work that naturally had a dark interior. Every time I entered the building I would have to stand there for a minute and let my eyes adjust to the dimmer light.  One day I walked in and someone wanted me to read something and I let them know it would be a moment before I could see it and they responded, “Oh I get it you are lost in transition.”

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Going to the Gym

When the inner life journey gets serious there comes a time where the exterior life needs to change. Now, I am not a gym goer, yet showing up to my inner life makes me feel like a gym goer at times. Any shift takes a commitment. To commit to the gym one commits to getting to the gym and making use of what is offered. This mean that what may have happened in that time will change. It means getting supportive people around you to encourage you to go.  Because for many, getting to the gym is the hardest part, not what happens in the gym.  Commitment to changes one’s patterns, sacrifice time and energy, juggle the rest of life for this commitment is not easy.  

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Talking to Walter

It has been a week of contrasts.  The pain and anger surrounding events in Virginia and Spain. Words that highlight how division is present.  And then on Monday the solar eclipse.  A phenomenon that brings all of humanity together.  As I witness this I see the differences between focusing on the big picture and focusing on the smaller picture.  I’m reminded how important the spiritual practice of tapping into bigness is.

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Whose Life Are You Living?

by Amanda Petersen

I have recently been going through a remodel. My reasons for going through all this work was first to make sure what is behind the walls is up-to-date and safe, and second, to have a home that reflects who I am and is comfortable as I plan to enjoy this space for a long time. Through this 3-month process one question was asked over and over. “Are you sure? You need to think about resale value.” My response is I’m not doing this for resale and I am not doing this to live in someone else's house.  If I made decisions based on what some mythical buyer might like I have lost my purpose of a house I enjoy.

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The Discernment of Help

by Amanda Petersen

It is often thought that discernment has to do with a decision between two choices. Should I move or stay? Is this the right person for me? Is God calling me to this form of service? Or discernment is talked about around emotions. Is what I am feeling consolation or desolation? Is this a feeling of dread or excitement? What decision will bring me closer to peace and joy?

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May "Scent" of the Month - Geranium, Pelargonium x asperum

May “Scent” of the Month

Geranium, Pelargonium x asperum

By:  Michelle Jereb

 

What?  It is MAY already!  How did that happen?  I completely blew through April.  The Tea Tree essential oil worked so well in March for my Spring de-cluttering, I think I tossed out April and with that I didn’t write a “Scent of the Month” article.  So here we are in May :).  

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An Invitation to Dance!

by Amanda Petersen

Once again a beautiful Holy weekend happens. People celebrate in a variety of ways and then.... back to life as normal. Does anyone else feel a bit off after a Holy time whether it's Passover or Easter or whatever is sacred to you? Maybe as I get older I don't shift gears quite so easily. Or maybe the Holy has more meaning to me now and isn't just a busy time to get through. I don't want to rush into it or rush out of it.

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