Author: Donna Pierce

Mindful Monday: “Live Quietly and Mind Your Own Affairs” (An Advent Reflection)

Mindful Monday: “Live Quietly and Mind Your Own Affairs” (An Advent Reflection)

Advent, body, Lectionary, peace, Scripture, spiritual practice, Spirituality
The Advent scripture today advises us not only to love one another but to “live quietly” ourselves: Now concerning love for the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, NRSV) Today, I understand “live quietly and mind your own affairs” to mean that it is important to develop inner peace. This has been much on my mind since the passing of Nelson Mandela last week. In 1993, he

Mindful Monday: We become what we think

Spirituality
We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think. -- Buddha Cheri Huber, the guiding teacher at Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA, adds, "What you practice is what you have. The quality of your life is determined by the focus of your attention. [...] Repeating 'I’ll never be good at this' while learning a new skill does not lead to 'Yes, I’m good at this.' Worrying about the future won’t help you have a better future. Worrying about the future will help you have a future of worrying about the future. The only thing you will ever get from life is what you are doing in the moment. What you do is what you get. "Our lives are the result of what we give our attention to.  If you practice 'overwhelmed with work' or 'I should be different,' [...] that's the life experience you wil

Mindful Monday: Stealing your own vegetables

Spirituality
I must have been simple or drunk or insane to sneak into my own house and steal money, to climb over the fence and take my own vegetables. But no more. I've gotten free of that ignorant fist That was pinching and twisting my secret self. --Rumi Unclenching the "ignorant fist" that is the running commentary in our minds is a most worthwhile aspiration. When we let the habitually negative judgments of ourselves, others, situations, and events degrade the quality of our lives, we pinch and twist our inner self. We can spend our entire lifetime lost in delusions of our own creation. Talk about masochistic! Come into the present moment. When we notice that we're beating ourselves up with yet another variation of the same old story of our inadequacy, we can use that noticing to wake up. If we...