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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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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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Living in the Present Moment

August 1, 2013 829 Comments
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What does it mean to live in the present moment?….With our busy, do..do..do lives I think it is hard to live in the present.  How often do you realize that you have been busy and there has been no satisfaction and it has been mostly frustration and overwhelm?  Other times do you find that you are …

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Gratitude

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Do you have an attitude of gratitude?  According to  Gary Ryan Blair  an Attitude of Gratitude heightens awareness and expands your interaction in the world and  is required for a successful life. When we are feeling gratitude we are blessing everything and appreciating life.  When we are feeling gratitude we are not feeling worry or …

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Selected, Simple Techniques for EveryDay Spirituality

March 25, 2013 1,833 Comments
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Last week I was on a blog radio program with Kathryn Yarborough,  creator of Flowing with Change www.flowingwithchange.com and we talked about some simple techniques and tips on how we include more spirituality in our daily lives. The first area is your daily chores.  Kathryn loves to cook mindfully. For example when she is cutting vegetables she notices the colors, textures, …

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How you live your life is your spiritual practice

February 20, 2013 1,034 Comments
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In the last blog I introduced the idea: How you live your life is your spiritual practive.  I have continued to think about this concept.   And today on a blog radio show with Flowing with Change founder Kathryn Yarborough, we explored this idea as well as some specific ideas on how to get more meditation …

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