Thursday, August 13
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Just Be It

Just Be It

Haiku, Photography, sabbath
Recently, I was researching Sabbath (Shabbat) meditations. I ran across one at My Jewish Learning titled: Shabbat and Meditation: Just Be It. It is a marriage of Mindfulness and the Shabbat experience. Shabbat is a day of being, not doing. The day’s multitude of do’s and don’ts are essentially about not making anything, not destroying anything, and simply taking the world as we find it–for one day. What would life be like if we took it just as we found it, even for one moment? With out destroying anything or needing to build something or change someone? Accepting all of creation for exactly what it is in this present, precious moment? I believe, in that moment, we would find peace. A time to be. ... One of my favorite spiritual practices is haiku. Haiku is definitely a practice of mindful...
Seeing Holiness in All That Is

Seeing Holiness in All That Is

Haiku, spiritual practice, Spirituality
...I was, I am, I will always be... Really, that's the definition of the Holy Name that G*d passes on to Moses. This infinitive form of the verb "to be," makes me think of even more! Couple that with the declaration in the book of Genesis, Let us make humans in our own image! Male AND female G*d created them Pastor Lawrence T. Richardson expanded a bit on this. Instead of our traditional understanding that would be more of male OR female, G*d created them, it is male AND female. He is a transgender, queer-identified pastor, someone who has been created both male and female and claims both. Pastor Richardson talks of transgender people being the epitome of G*d since they are both male AND female rather than either/or. Now, I don't really agree that there is a hierarchy of being most made i...
TGIF: Gratitudes Among Family and Friends

TGIF: Gratitudes Among Family and Friends

Haiku, Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I confess. I worked from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday so when it was time to think about posting a gratitude post for Friday, my brain froze. So I reached out to my friends on Facebook! I'd like to share a few things that they are grateful for. I am grateful for all of the awesome teachers in my kids' lives this quarter. Theater, Communications, Math, Sociology and Humanities. All kind and funny and inspiring and bringing big smiles to their faces. Aiken even came home saying he may even start liking Math again. These teachers are stretching their minds, improving their self esteem and making life in this home a lot more pleasant. Dorky, I know! There's nothing like witnessing someone's decline and dying to make one grateful for the really basic things of life.  As my parents became ill...