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Daily Practice for November 24, 2016

Daily Practice for November 24, 2016

Word:  A short reflection for today! See, miracles do happen. Today, for Thanks and Giving in the US, I will be going to my church and basically doing a nine-hour work day. I will work on visual liturgy in the sanctuary and then being with the homeless and the volunteers that are coming to feed them. My treat today was sleeping in. For that, I am grateful! I am also grateful that I don't have to face hostile family situations as many are facing. I will be holding those who suffer in the holiday seasons in my thoughts today. ... What will you be holding today? ... Today's practice brings music from Los Lobos, a poem from an unknown author who was homeless or formerly homeless, along with a sacred quote from Wallace Stegner. Along with readings from the Jewish and Christian lectio...
Daily Practice for October 26, 2016

Daily Practice for October 26, 2016

Word:  Ugh. Sleep was interrupted and wonky. I don't know why my sleep was so problematic last night. I feel like I woke up repeatedly and never dropped into deep sleep. Do you ever have those days? These are the things that make me believe my day will not be very efficient from the beginning. And, I'm plotting my nap at 5:00 a.m. Sigh. Regardless. I still have to put one foot in front of the other today. One of my favorite resources for self-deprecating humor, in Hypothyroid Mom. She is Dana Trentini. She has this meme: Regardless, I imagine there are many people that did not sleep well last night. When I imagine what it must be like to be homeless and sleep on the streets (or parks or wherever), I imagine it is to never be safe enough to get a full night's deep sleep. I know how I f...
Daily Practice for August 15, 2016

Daily Practice for August 15, 2016

Word: Hello! I'm back from vacation! I'll do a vacation post one day soon and fill you in. But onward to today... Today's mindfulness practice from Donna Pierce is the quote: "We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda I guess when it comes to "making ourselves" this is true. But there is a heck of a lot of stuff that is beyond our control, beyond our ability to make. Even our personality formation, whether genetic or learned over time, informs our responsiveness. I have a friend who tells the story of her family. It includes no major tragedies. No unexpected happenings. People are born, live, and die in old age of predictable things. In some ways, it is a charmed life. She knows this. I know a young adult w...