Tag: mind

lessons shared with my daughter

Today, my sweet baby girl sheds another year and gracefully takes the next few steps on her life’s journey.  There are days when I’m sure she wishes she could take a few leaps forward and be out in the big, wide world, and there… Continue Reading “lessons shared with my daughter”

lessons learned: preparing the space

This morning as I sat down to write, nothing came to mind.  Well, let me reframe that–a lot of words and thoughts competed for my attention, but none that were meant for this blog.  I sat in my chair and closed my eyes.  As… Continue Reading “lessons learned: preparing the space”

lessons learned: God’s thoughts on compost

This week, I spent time with my spiritual director.  She talks with me about my journey with the Creator and cultivates the relationship we have through sacred listening.  Her guidance has nurtured me in a way that supports my daily practices to integrate mind,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: God’s thoughts on compost”

lessons learned: on pumpkins and solitude

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~Henry David Thoreau There are many days when I think Thoreau had it right–go off into the woods, live in a simple place, and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on pumpkins and solitude”

Mary Oliver’s The Messenger

The Messenger My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird— equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s The Messenger”

love is. . .

When I was little, my grandparents gave me a book entitled “Love Is. . .”  Each page had two little cartoon characters in a scene that illustrated a simple saying about love.  Love is. . .when he looks at you and makes your tummy… Continue Reading “love is. . .”

lessons learned: taking out the trash

On Saturday, I decided to “get ‘er done” and clean up around here.  The holidays and illness had taken a toll, but after several hours, I’d managed to restore our house to a home again. As dusk appeared on the horizon, I stepped onto… Continue Reading “lessons learned: taking out the trash”

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”

lessons learned: what bird netting can teach us about relaxation

Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.  ~Chinese Proverb This morning, after I fed the chickens, I was attaching their netting cover to the side of the fence.  I do it every morning and night, but today, it… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what bird netting can teach us about relaxation”

one thing at a time

As I prepare to go about my work today, may my intention to live 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 with… Continue Reading “one thing at a time”

Thoreau’s pumpkin

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~Henry David Thoreau There are many days when I think Thoreau had it right–go off into the woods, live in a simple place, and… Continue Reading “Thoreau’s pumpkin”