Wednesday, August 4
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Slow Down, Begin Again

Slow Down, Begin Again

Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Today's offering comes to us from Roy DeLeon. It perfectly fits the overall theme of BeguineAgain and the theme of being awake to the presence of the divine. Morning meditation: Let's begin again To be more open To be more spacious To be more welcoming Let's begin again To be more patient To be more gentle To be more giving Let's begin again To be less critical To be less whiny To be less judging Let's begin again To be more who we are: Loving, Lovable, Loved. Meditation and photo by Roy DeLeon
A Prayer for Us All

A Prayer for Us All

spiritual practice, Spirituality
This is a reposting of a prayer written on June 10, 2014, by Rev. Mark Sandlin. Reprinted with permission. It is a faith response to the school shooting (yet again) in Oregon. Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieves. Yet again, the life of a child has been cut dreadfully short. Yet again, we all rally to our political centers to cry out for our guns, for our rights, for our safety, for rational thought... and... we forget. We forget that a child who should be here with us... is not. We forget that a family, a community, a nation mourns. We forget that our decisions impact lives and that impact has a ripple effect. We forget that life is more important, more central, more valuable, than anything else we have. and... we are far too ready to hand life away. We are far too...
Awaken to Release

Awaken to Release

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Today, what brought me to being awake to the Divine, was working on and implementing a ritual that I am sharing with you here. How do you use ritual to be awake to God? This evening, I did a ritual with my interns. It was the ending of our formal relationship as supervisor / intern and the beginning of a journey into being colleagues! Definitely a sacred time. As I pondered what to do, I knew two things. LaPadre had given me the framework for ritual creation. I wanted a ritual that honored releasing of my interns to the world and a way to release the many things that chaplains of incarcerated juveniles carry. I lay pondering these things and then I went, “Ah-ha!” I had a God-breathed inspiration. And it was all based on breath, wind, spirit, and release. And so, now that it is comple...