Tag: quotes

86,400 seconds

blogger’s note: If you’ve been following me for awhile, you willl recognize this post. There are many iterations of it on this site as it is one of my favorites. The season of Thanksgiving is here, one of my favorites, and I’ve begun focusing… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds”

living in the here

I have recently been re-reading Pádraig Ó Tuama’s book In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World. I find it grounds me in ways that complement other aspects of my spirituality. Yesterday as I prepared to drive home from a work engagement, I… Continue Reading “living in the here”

i went to the woods

I went to the wood yesterday to walk, to pray, to cry, and to surrender all that was nagging at my bones and my spirit. I did not expect to photograph or pause–I needed to roam through creation until I could feel my spirit… Continue Reading “i went to the woods”

lessons learned: of squirrels and tightropes

You’re taught at an early age, especially if you’re being raised by high-achieving perfectionist parents… you get on the tightrope and you hold your breath.  I was in my mid-thirties when I discovered that if you fall off the tightrope, it’s about a foot and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: of squirrels and tightropes”

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”

our little LuLu

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~attributed to Plato but documented as being written by Ian Mclaren, pseudonym of Rev. John Watson (1850-1907) This morning as I got the dogs out of the car, I paused to rub LuLu’s… Continue Reading “our little LuLu”

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 letter to the world

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  ~Mother Teresa Shine your light, share your love–take the gifts and graces bestowed upon you and give them away freely and unconditionally. Then… Continue Reading “love letter to the world”

wise words from Joyce Rupp

If I wait to be perfect before I love myself I will always be unsatisfied and ungrateful if I wait until all the flaws, chips, and cracks disappear I will be the cup that stands on the shelf and is never used. ~Joyce Rupp

lessons learned: the mosaic of brokenness and wholeness

This coming Sunday, a dear friend and I will be co-leading a “Longest Night” service.  Designed for healing and peace, this worship opportunity is often offered on the longest night of the year, the night when Darkness wraps her arms around us and holds… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the mosaic of brokenness and wholeness”

choose now

You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher… Continue Reading “choose now”

quotes: meditating on hope

In the Christian faith tradition, we have begun to celebrate Advent.  The word “advent” means “the arrival” or “coming into view,” and for us, it is the arrival of a small baby, the Son of God.  During this season, we lift up four four… Continue Reading “quotes: meditating on hope”

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”

a contemplative in all of us

There is a contemplative in all of us, almost strangled but still alive, who craves quiet enjoyment of the Now, and longs to touch the seamless garment of silence which makes whole. ~Alan P. Tory

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”

shinin’ your light

Every so often this one begs to be reposted.   Share your light~Cameron “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask… Continue Reading “shinin’ your light”

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

forgiving the past

  This morning, I wanted to blog about a quote or topic related to to Maya Angelou as she has been a writer who has inspired me for many years.  As I searched my old email meditations, I came across this one.  It’s not… Continue Reading “forgiving the past”

“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””

living your way into the answer

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. . . Don’t search for the answers, they could not be given to you now because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to… Continue Reading “living your way into the answer”

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”

quotes: meditating on love

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this… Continue Reading “quotes: meditating on love”

honoring the man who dared to stand

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s celebrated day today, I have selected some of my favorite quotes by him.   I consider him to be one of my heroes, and his words have mentored me through many a season in my life.… Continue Reading “honoring the man who dared to stand”

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”

from John Muir’s The Yosemite

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

encouragement

love letter to the world

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  ~Mother Teresa Shine your light, share your love–take the gifts and graces bestowed up you and give them away freely and unconditionally. Then… Continue Reading “love letter to the world”

joy!

Peace is joy at rest, and joy is peace on its feet.  ~Anne Lamott When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.  ~Rumi You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and… Continue Reading “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”

86,400 seconds: have you used one to say “thank you?”

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward When I first read this quote, I quickly thought, “Ugh, that one sounds like it comes from the front of a greeting card.”  I… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds: have you used one to say “thank you?””

here is calm so deep

Here is calm so deep, grasses cease waving. . . . Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but… Continue Reading “here is calm so deep”

honoring Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her 100th birthday

Today, I am thinking about a woman with quiet fortitude who made up her mind and did away with fear.   Ms. Parks’ nonviolent action included no words, just a commitment to peaceful change.  May we all be touched by her life and the example… Continue Reading “honoring Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her 100th birthday”

quotes: meditating on hope

In the Christian faith tradition, we have begun to celebrate Advent.  The word “advent” means “the arrival” or “coming into view,” and for us, it is the arrival of a small baby, the Son of God.  During this season, we lift up four four… Continue Reading “quotes: meditating on hope”