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Living Insights

Last week I took a field trip.  Six friends piled in my van and set out on a journey, destination unknown.  We knew the physical address but we had no concept of the realm we would journey to. Read the rest of this entry »

I am this because of that

One thing that keeps going through my mind…if my children are my spiritual teachers, I must be my parents’ spiritual teacher.  I spend much of my time contemplating conscious parenting, with me as the parent.  To gain a greater awareness into my parenting, I reflect on myself as the child.

The real and true reason children suffer through divorce is because of the notion of separateness. Read the rest of this entry »

Practice Miracle-Readiness

This is my cliff notes for A Course in Miracles:  Nothing real can be threatened.  Nothing unreal exists.  Herein lies the peace of God.  A Course in Miracles is over a 1,000 page combined volume of text and lessons.  This will be at least a 6 month study for me.  After each chapter, I will type what I have highlighted for contemplation. Read the rest of this entry »

A Virtual Christmas Card | my yearend reflection

Greetings!  I decided to write my yearend reflection today – my 38th birthday.  This is one of the most meaningful traditions I do for myself.  And I share it with you.  It is easy to get lost in the day to day hairballs of life and forget how blessed we are, and how much we have each grown in a relatively short time.

As I sit in my new home, gazing into the mad lake and white sky, I reflect on a beautifully awesome year of life, love, and adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

A Day of Ordinary Miracles

Knowing it would be a full day today, I start early.  At 4:40 I wake to go to the Y for spin class.  On my way home I decide to stop at the grocery store.  Sure, there’s plenty to eat for breakfast – oatmeal, toast, cereal.  But not the kids’ favorite waffles.  As I pull into the parking lot of Shop N Save, I see a man with a flashlight going through the trash.  I park and walk up to him.

“Sir, do you need something?”  I ask. Read the rest of this entry »

A Lotus to You

Today is Mindfulness Day 2011.  What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is the practice of developing presence in all aspects of our lives—whether we are working, driving, or having dinner with our families. A state of constant, peaceful presence is the goal and result of mindfulness. Read the rest of this entry »

Loneliness | a meditation on the human spirit

Grand Lake, Colorado

Loneliness is not about being alone.  Yet, we tend to use these words simultaneously and have self-imposed fear of being alone because we don’t want to experience loneliness. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cloud in Your Tea

Can you see the cloud in your tea?

I wrote this poem at the Mindfulness Retreat.  I did not have any one in particular, and yet all who suffer from the notion of  loss, in mind.  When I returned home, a dear friend’s father passed from this life.  In honor of my friend, I share this with you.  Hope this brings freedom to your suffering and peace to your heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Walking Meditation

 

Thich Nhat Hahn (center), Emily (right)

As I walk, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist scans my hands.  A lot of the kids plus Thich Nhat Hanh hold hands and walk in a chain.  As I walk silently and calm and as my breaths flow, I am aware of my body.  I am also more aware of my mind.  I think about walking and holding hands with Thich Nhat Hanh.  I get more and more peaceful as I get deeper into walking.  Read the rest of this entry »

Meditation with Thay

My greatest challenge is being present for the gifts of the moments, allowing what the moment is offering, open to receiving all God has for me.

My first meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh, fondly referred to as Thay by his students, speaks to my heart. Read the rest of this entry »