Tag: meditation

anniversary

In February, eleven years ago, a handful of friends and colleagues, all women, were experiencing challenging times–single parenting, work stress, and life transitions. I chose a quote, wrote a three-sentence meditation and emailed it to them as a way to demonstrate intentional support and… Continue Reading “anniversary”

ahhh, peace

There are mornings when the world greets me unexpectedly with a brilliant sunrise or a joyful birdsong. I sit in my meditation room, drink my tea, and soak in what Creation has to offer my soul. Ahhh, peace.

oremus

On long journeys by car or by plane, I like to catch up on my favorite podcast On Being with Krista Tippett.  Over the years, various poets, theologians, social scientists, and spiritual leaders have contributed to my personal faith formation through their commentary.  Whether questioning or… Continue Reading “oremus”

morning mantra

I’ve recently returned to some morning yoga and meditation prior to work.  One practice that I am relying on is focusing my body’s energy and healing to come from my heart and not my mind.  It is a challenge some days, but as I… Continue Reading “morning mantra”

contemplative worship: pray your prayer

Elements from today’s Sanctuary service at Skyland UMC: Opening Meditation: My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. nor do I really know… Continue Reading “contemplative worship: pray your prayer”

Lessons learned: canning and prayer

I wrote this one several summers ago, and with the onset of canning season, I have returned to it this week.  I find that each summer I can, this prayer practice becomes enhanced with various nuances. With the renovation of our kitchen this past… Continue Reading “Lessons learned: canning and prayer”

sitting still

Sitting still, doing nothing Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. ~Basho    

a meditation on silence by Mother Teresa

We cannot find God in noise and agitation. Nature: trees, flowers, and grass grow in silence. The stars, the moon, and the sun move in silence. What is essential is not what we say but what God tells us and what He tells others… Continue Reading “a meditation on silence by Mother Teresa”

still your mind

The mornings the words do not come, I know it is time for me to engage in less thinking and more listening. When you pray you are speaking to God, meditate, still your mind, and then you can hear God. Only when your mind… Continue Reading “still your mind”

love is. . .

I was reminded this morning that Valentine’s Day is Saturday and so I thought that I might re-read some of my meditations on love and re-post a few over the next couple of days.  ~cameron When I was little, my grandparents gave me a… Continue Reading “love is. . .”

Stephen H. Ruppenthal’s May All Be Filled with Joy and Peace

May all be filled with joy and peace. May all beings everywhere, The strong and the weak, The great and the small, The meek and the powerful, The short and the long, The subtle and the gross: May all beings everywhere, Both seen and… Continue Reading “Stephen H. Ruppenthal’s May All Be Filled with Joy and Peace”

love is. . .

I’m reposting this one not only for Advent but also because I have been reading several books that remind me of the importance of growing love–in and of yourself so you can reflect love in and of those around you.  It is not always… Continue Reading “love is. . .”

lessons learned: God’s call as a birdsong

This past week, I was blessed to attend a leadership program through my church conference.  I wasn’t sure what it would hold but I knew I was going into this time open, raw and trusting. Part of the beauty of this event was the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: God’s call as a birdsong”

ebb and flow, darkness and light

Recently, I’ve pushed my morning yoga routine back a bit so I can spend more time in prayer and breathing before starting my day. While I am not always motivated to wake up those 15 minutes earlier, I find that in the long run,… Continue Reading “ebb and flow, darkness and light”

“do bee” or “just be”

Last night while we ate dinner in the kitchen with the windows open, a giant bee flew in and began buzzing around.  My daughter exclaimed, “Kill it!” I looked at her with eyebrows raised, and she knew that her “hippie” mom would be doing… Continue Reading ““do bee” or “just be””

a meditation from Vigen Guroian’s Inheriting Paradise

How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed On through the watching for that early birth When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed, The sturdy seedling with arched body comes Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs. ~from Robert Frost’s “Putting… Continue Reading “a meditation from Vigen Guroian’s Inheriting Paradise”

prayer card: joy

As a part of my faith journey, I sometimes spend time meditating through art instead of writing.  My spiritual director introduced me to the concept of prayer cards a few years ago, and it has become one of my favorite spiritual practices.  I find… Continue Reading “prayer card: joy”

a great believer of hope

These are the words I am sitting with this morning as I meditate on hope. I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.  I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps… Continue Reading “a great believer of hope”

my morning affirmation

Today, giving what I have to give is enough. It is enough for you, my Creator, so it is enough for me. ~cameron  

lessons learned: taking down the walls

Those of you who follow this blog know how deeply I connect my time on the farm with time spent with God.  I believe as human beings we miss so many valuable lessons that can be learned in the simplicity of nature and creation. … Continue Reading “lessons learned: taking down the walls”

quiet saturday mornings

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. ~Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book When you have a tween or teen with extracurricular activities, rarely do you… Continue Reading “quiet saturday mornings”

lessons learned: on hauling mulch

It’s about that time time of year when we start Spring cleaning our gardens, homes, and perhaps, even ourselves.  I thought this one might be appropriate for today.  Reposted from March 2012. Two weeks ago, hauling mulch back and forth from your neighbor’s yard,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on hauling mulch”

let the quiet in

Let the quiet in, do not be afraid of it. Let it ease into your soul as your body would ease into a comfortable chair– slowly, gratefully with full release. Then sit in that moment and just be, giving thanks for your rested spirit.… Continue Reading “let the quiet in”

a piece of peace

As I prepare to go about my work today, may my intention to live life in your present moment be the pattern for this day and my life. With your help, may I forever do only one thing at a time– always in communion… Continue Reading “a piece of peace”

shining the lamps of love in this world

Lamps of Love O Lord, take my ears and hear through them, take my hands and use them, take my lips and speak through them, take my eyes and smile through them, take my heart and mind and will, and use them as lamps… Continue Reading “shining the lamps of love in this world”

nature’s images of hope

Hope doesn’t have to come in the form of a miracle to fill us with wonder and faith.  ~cameron

meditation card: journey

meditating spider