"Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and do. The more we witness our emotional chain reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. It becomes a way of life to stay awake, slow down, and notice." --Pema Chödrön What are you noticing about your ability to slow down? To refrain? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997, p. 44. Photo credit: "Sheffield Buddhist Centre, meditation cushions," Akuppa John Wigham, 2006.
Today, I reflect on the feeling of wondrous love! I was talking to a potential volunteer today and we were talking about spiritual practices - those practices that sustain you and strengthen you so that you can live a life of spiritual depth and traverse through difficult journeys. I always ask my volunteers what their practices are. Why? Because the stories we hear in incarceration ministry can rock your world. Stories of hopelessness, anger, betrayal, and violence abound. How do you handle that unless you are grounded in something that sustains you? Anyway, I asked him what practices sustain him. He thought about it and then turned the question around, asking, "What do you do?" The first thing that popped into my mind was photography! Photography is the practice that sustains me, connec
Wednesdays is where we practice noticing where Love walks among us--where we have felt the presence of Love or noticed its absence. Upon reflection over the last week, I have found Love in my FOO - my friends of origin! They are awesome! Over the last week, from Thursday to Sunday, I was at the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Annual Conference meeting. While this is not unusual, what was different for me this year was that I spent the time with a wonderful friend. We planned our meals together, drive to & fro, and she let me stay at her apartment which was MUCH closer than where I live. We supported each other emotionally through conference discussions and gave each other the freedom to go and do our separate business and our separate friend visiting. It was a wonderful time spent