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What is a Silent Retreat?

A Silent Retreat is a opportunity to decompress and experience calm, peace and being centered.  It is usually 1-5 days where one is quiet and disconnected from technology (cell, computer, pads, etc.) Our lives are so full of activities, noise, busy-ness and stress. It is hard to take time for ourselves with the demands of our …

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Gratitude vs Appreciation

February 19, 2014 2,070 Comments
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I think we often use gratitude and appreciation interchangeably in our conversations…I appreciate your gift or Thank you for your gift.  Thank you for being you or I appreciate you.  I’d like to propose that they are subtly different.  Gratitude is about being thankful for something while appreciation is more about valuing and seeing the …

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Silence Part III

February 12, 2014 1,021 Comments
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Erik Walker Wikstrom in Simply Pray says “If you long to connect with the Sacred, if you desire to live a life that is more in touch with the Holy, stop listening for something and start simply listening…build your theology around the experience, rather than the other way around.” What Erik is telling us is by having …

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Silence – Part II

February 5, 2014 553 Comments
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Barbara Mencer  of Business Breakthroughs says “Silence creates space … space to breathe, relax, and get centered amid all the chatter and rushing about … space for ideas to germinate … space for those who are quiet to speak … space for listeners to truly grasp what they’re hearing and appreciate it fully … space to receive knowledge and consider …

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Power of Silence – Part I

January 17, 2014 932 Comments
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A moment of  Silence can be powerful.  Sit in silence for a few minutes.  What do you notice?  Do you feel more peaceful?   Do you feel a connection with something bigger than you? Do you relax and calm?   Or  Does it make you uncomfortable?  Many people are uncomfortable with silence.  It is why it can …

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Living in Possibility

December 13, 2013 954 Comments
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Do you live in reality or in unlimited possibility?  I think we all would like to think we live in unlimited possibility…but ask yourself how often you tell yourself you can’t do something or you can’t afford it?  Have you recently said  “no” to a new  idea or experience? How often do you say I …

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Melody of your Thoughts

November 22, 2013 967 Comments
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I read an article by Rev Dr Bob Luckin who suggests that thoughts (like music) have a mood, rhythm, theme and feel.  These form an energetic tone which creates a pattern which goes out into the universe.  He suggests, “These patterns attract anything and everything in the universe that match them. Thoughts create a unique …

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Personal Responsibility

November 12, 2013 910 Comments
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We are often told that we should take personal responsibility for our lives.  What does this mean?  Frank Thomas says “personal responsibility is defined as a person’s “response-ability,” that is, the ability of a person to maturely respond to the various challenges and circumstances of life.”  I think it is more.   The first obvious meaning …

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What is a Spiritual Practice?

October 22, 2013 703 Comments
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  What is a spiritual practice?  First,  a spiritual practice is about bringing spirituality into your daily life.  Scott Alexander (UU minister in Vero Beach, CA) edited a book called Everyday Spirituality.  In the book various people shared how they bring their spirituality into their daily lives.   Scott himself considers his daily run a spiritual …

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Why Spirituality?

October 3, 2013 688 Comments
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Why would you want to connect to spirit? What would the value of being aligned with spirit?  First I think it is about being centered.  When we are connected with spirit we feel centered and balanced. Feeling balanced gives us perspective.  We can appreciate the bigger picture.  We know that there are forces beyond the …

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