Tag: presence

Daily Practice for August 29, 2016

Daily Practice for August 29, 2016

Word:  This morning, I opened up YouTube to start searching for the morning song recommendation. Sitting in my "Recommended for You" section was this song, Oceans, from Seafret. I decided to watch it and was touched. It was definitely a good choice. In the video, a young person comes home from school and then puts on their super hero outfit. Don't we all wish we had a super hero outfit? And the corresponding super powers? Last night at detention, I invited Rev. Dorinda Henry to come in and preach. She talked about her ideas about her purpose in life. Whether it be lawyer or politician...she wanted to be the superhero that would change the world. I have also had those exact same ideas. If I was a lawyer, I could help these kids get out of here. If I was a politician, I could form law
Getting Through The Bad Things

Getting Through The Bad Things

Art, Comfort, comforter, community, Compassion, death, touch
I tried to help my wife get through losing her mother two weeks ago. She was in Canada with her family, and all I had to offer in our phone calls were words and phrases that sounded empty and meaningless. I didn't know what to say, so I just listened as much as I could and let her talk. But I couldn't truly offer helpful presence, because I wasn't there. After two weeks, when she finally returned home, I could offer that real presence and touch. When I think of offering comfort, it usually takes some kind of touch. Hold on to people who are hurting so that don't feel so alone. So many people need to be touched. Offer your love, your attention, and your touch. It is all blessed and healing.
Mindful Monday: Right in front of your eyes

Mindful Monday: Right in front of your eyes

Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness
"Meditation is misunderstood as something you envision in your head, when in fact it is something to be seen with your own eyes. What you begin to see is that the place where you thought your life occurred -- the cave of rumination and memory, the cauldron of anxiety and fear -- isn't where your life takes place at all. Those mental recesses are where pain occurs, but life occurs elsewhere, in a place we are usually too preoccupied to see: right in front of our eyes. The point of meditation is to stop making things up and see things as they are." -- Karen Maezen Miller, Hand Wash Cold: Instructions for an Ordinary Life. What are you noticing about what's right in front of your eyes? ... for Mindful Monday Photo credit: "Look at me 1," Abhijit Kar Gupta, 2015.