Wednesday, August 4

Tag: breathe

Tuesday’s Temptation:  Rushing

Tuesday’s Temptation: Rushing

Right now, at this place and time, viewing the world's challenges seems to be an impossible task. If I back up and let my gaze rest gently on the seemingly impossible problems, I feel like the breath is knocked right out of me. The temptation, then, is to rush past it. We will never be able to find creative solutions unless we can pause, breathe, and then move in. Pausing and viewing the lay of the land is necessary. Breathing is also a known antidote to trauma. One of the trauma informed care books I read went into the science of breathing and it is something like this. When we exhale a longer breath than our inhale, it starts to calm the autonomic nervous system. So my practice for deep breathing is to simply count my breaths. Inhale-2, Exhale-2-3-4. Other types of breathing exerci...
Mindful Monday: Live and breathe

Mindful Monday: Live and breathe

awareness, mindfulness
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. ― Henry David Thoreau Inhale and let go. Sending you peace, awareness, and kindness during this holiday season and every day. ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Breakheart Reservation," Dennis Forgione, 2013.
Daily Practice for November 21, 2016

Daily Practice for November 21, 2016

Word:  Ostensibly, one reason I am the associate pastor at Riverton Park UMC is that I am to help organize and revitalize worship. This is the first time that I am seemingly in charge of this vital part of churching. I have worked on worship committees. I have worked with worship committees. I have never been the worship committee before. I have realized, now, that I cannot operate this way. That I need to build a team and I need to do it in a hurry. I have very real anxiety about the amount of work that is coming up for the Advent* season. And Advent starts on Sunday. Holy mackaroly. The amount of work to be done this week seems insurmountable. So, using my handy dandy tool called "the internet", I searched "What to do when work seems insurmountable" and found an article that has tips...