Tag: mindfulness

it’s more than a quarter

It’s more than a word of affirmation. It’s more than a smile. It’s more than a handhold. It’s more than a greeting. It’s more than a quarter. I love shopping at Aldi. Where else can you get organic veggies and fruit that don’t break… Continue Reading “it’s more than a quarter”


Blog post about ecospirituality and some practices that support caring for the earth and your soul.

lessons learned: at the heart of it

When my sister and I were little, our mother would surprise us by serving an artichoke with our dinner. We found it magical to peel away the layers, scraping them with our teeth and savoring the small bit of goodness at the end of… Continue Reading “lessons learned: at the heart of it”


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Papa Bluebird who seems to have returned a couple of months early for another nesting season.  Rather than continuing on with my dirt digging or sermon writing, I just sat on the front steps… Continue Reading “embrace”

lessons learned: mindful and unrestrained availability

In my continued efforts to prepare for tiny house living, I recently cleaned out my CD shelves in the living room.  The only CD player I have is in my car so I decided to box up the discs for the used book store. … Continue Reading “lessons learned: mindful and unrestrained availability”

lessons learned: the little things

After reposting 86,400 Seconds, I journeyed to my bookshelf and pulled out the gratitude journal that I photographed for that posting.  I looked at list after list after list, and I realized that most of the items on those pages weren’t milestones in my emotional… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the little things”

lessons learned: holding pattern

As I was walking the dogs yesterday, I heard the familiar cry of our neighborhood hawk.  Looking up, I noticed that it was circling rather low, and instinctively, I knew that it was seeking prey. I watched as it hovered and circled, hovered and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: holding pattern”

just be

So, it seems that my phrase “just be” is resonating with many folks of late.  I am touched by the emails, stories, and messages regarding the words I share and how they inspire you to take a moment and lean into the presence of… Continue Reading “just be”

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”

Laura Barnhart’s prayer~Awakening Wonder

Dear God, I have been numb and asleep, Days pass and I forget to notice moments of wonder and discovery. Renew and refresh all my senses. May I once again appreciate Colors at sunrise, Clouds billowing across an azure sky, Tender, green leaves budding… Continue Reading “Laura Barnhart’s prayer~Awakening Wonder”

sitting still

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

lessons learned: preparing the space

Yesterday at the grocery store, I was having a bit of trouble trying to talk with the person checking me out.  “Oh,” she noted, “as I get older, I have problems multitasking too.”  We laughed, and I responded that the more I grew into… Continue Reading “lessons learned: preparing the space”

lessons learned: Spring cleaning

I’m reposting today as a reminder of the benefits of a good Spring cleaning–domestically and spiritually. ~cameron Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes, it’s letting go.  ~Sylvia Robinson Last night, I was reading a meditation on the freedom of letting… Continue Reading “lessons learned: Spring cleaning”

allow Grace in

As I’ve been leaning into Grace this week, I thought I’d repost this one written a few years ago.  ~cameron “I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it… Continue Reading “allow Grace in”

Lenten reflection: grow in grace

This past week, I mistakenly received an email from an organization asking for my volunteer support.  This happens now and again because there are several farms named “Grow in Grace.”  As Sophia would have it, some of my recent readings for my spiritual direction… Continue Reading “Lenten reflection: grow in grace”

lessons learned: thinking outside the box

Last night, I headed to the art room to spend some time creating  As I entered, I realized that I’d not checked on the seed starts that I’d planted a couple of weekends ago.  I unzipped the little mobile greenhouse and began caring for… Continue Reading “lessons learned: thinking outside the box”

holding a little piece of creation in your hands

This weekend, I will begin some indoor starts for spring and summer veggies and herbs.  It is quite possibly one of my favorite activities on this little farm, for it is humbling to hold a little piece creation in your hands and nurture the… Continue Reading “holding a little piece of creation in your hands”

more love

This song came to me last night as I was preparing the stars for our Longest Night service.  Seemed particularly appropriate for this time of year. ~cameron I’m so close to you baby But I’m so far away There’s a silence between us And… Continue Reading “more love”

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. . .”

this season, let’s thanks-give

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a believer in “just be”–not going… Continue Reading “this season, let’s thanks-give”

lessons learned: creation care and body prayer

Prayer has been an integral spiritual practice in my life for the past several years.  I have spent many hours out in nature, on my couch, in my bathtub or in a sanctuary lifting up thoughts, asking questions, and listening for guidance.  But honestly,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: creation care and body prayer”

resting as a spiritual act

The last couple of months, I’ve been very mindful of this practice, and I’m starting to experience the peace that comes with it.  I thought I would repost this one as a reminder to us all. I rest as a spiritual act.  ~Anne Lamott… Continue Reading “resting as a spiritual act”

simple joys

If you want to live life free, take your time, go slowly. Do few things, but do them well. Simple joys are holy. ~excerpt from Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community

lessons learned: waiting on the cows

After a spiritually challenging day yesterday, I just wanted to curl up in my bed and forget the world for awhile. Instead, I took my own advice, put the dogs in the car, and drove out to my favorite spot in the country to… Continue Reading “lessons learned: waiting on the cows”

mindfulness–one step directions for the soul

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 “mindfulness–one step directions for the soul”

“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””

lessons learned: grapes and intentionality

Several years ago, I decided I wanted to try my hand at grapes.  As you may have read in previous posts, every year, I pick out a new vegetable or fruit and see if it will thrive in our part sun/part shade gardening space. … Continue Reading “lessons learned: grapes and intentionality”

lessons learned: cedar waxwing and the grace of time

Yesterday as I was leaving work for my spiritual direction appointment, I noticed a sticky note on the front office door.  It suggested I proceed with caution so I slowly eased my way toward the outside only to spy a small bird standing in… Continue Reading “lessons learned: cedar waxwing and the grace of time”

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: faith and fancy with a little mischief for good measure

At this time of year, I fondly remember my dear friend, Cheryl.  You see, a few years ago before she passed away from her third round of cancer (she liked to challenge the odds and live passionately), I spontaneously took a week in late… Continue Reading “lessons learned: faith and fancy with a little mischief for good measure”

the long way ’round

Recently, I have been savoring the book In the Sanctuary of Women by Jan Richardson.  If you do not know her work, please visit her website.  You will not be disappointed! During my time away in Wisconsin, I spent several snowy evenings sitting in… Continue Reading “the long way ’round”

from Joyce Rupp’s prayer, Listening to My Soul

Guardian of my Deepest Self, I need to be still, to listen not only to falling leaves and the gentle wind; I need to listen to my soul, too long neglected. . . Let me be still amid the beauty of the earth. Let… Continue Reading “from Joyce Rupp’s prayer, Listening to My Soul”

lessons learned: planting seeds and permission granted

Be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. ~Max Ehrmann One of my greatest pleasures is the first day I plant seeds in their jars.  It… Continue Reading “lessons learned: planting seeds and permission granted”

lessons learned: you gotta deconstruct to reconstruct

When my teenage daughter came home after a slumber party in late November and declared she’d like to move to the lower level of our house, I celebrated. . .then I realized all the work that would need to be done before that opportunity… Continue Reading “lessons learned: you gotta deconstruct to reconstruct”

just breathe, just be

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lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love

As we enter the week of the fourth Advent candle, LOVE, I thought I’d go ahead and start posting or reposting some meditations on love to prepare our hearts, minds, and spirits.  I wrote this one almost 2 years ago, and it is still… Continue Reading “lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love”

lessons learned: baking with my daughter

As I am sitting with the word “joy” this week, I have been reflecting on what brings me great joy in my life.  Joy as in uninhibited happiness.  The kind of joy that helps you put challenges in perspective and reminds you of what… Continue Reading “lessons learned: baking with my daughter”

a piece of peace

As I sit with “peace” this week, I thought this one might be appropriate to repost.  ~Cameron 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… Continue Reading “a piece of peace”

Mary Oliver’s Mindful

Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. It was what I was born for – to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Mindful”

lessons learned: forgiveness like a tree

This morning in my quiet time with the Creator, I was gently reminded that I needed to stop focusing on patterns of the past and let them go.  I suggested surrender as the answer, and the Creator smiled and reminded me that in this… Continue Reading “lessons learned: forgiveness like a tree”