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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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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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Spirituality and religion

July 16, 2013 714 Comments
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Traditionally,  religion and spirituality were synonymous.  We went to church, believed the doctrines and participated in the rites and rituals.   The intention of the services and traditions was to provide ways for us to connect with God and  feel our spiritual natures.   The ideal of religion is good but I believe its implementation …

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Abundance

April 26, 2013 1,272 Comments
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What is Abundance?   Usually when we think about abundance we are thinking about how much money or wealth we have.  But, abundance is so much more.  It is about having satisfying relationships,  successful careers, health, happiness, freedom….everthing that makes up our lives.  It is about how you feel about your life.  Do you feel abundant or lack?  It is Interesting to …

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Is the Universe a friendly place?

March 29, 2013 1,563 Comments
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Albert Einstein  said “The most important question a person can ask is, “Is the Universe a friendly place?” I saw this quote in an article last week and since that time have been thinking about the implications. If you believe that the universe is unfriendly then your mindset will lead you to be defensive, fearful …

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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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Wholeness

March 15, 2013 933 Comments
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“Wholeness is the embrace of ourselves just as we are, with nothing added or subtracted.”  This quote is from Jesse Jennings, founding minister of Creative Life Spiritual Center in Houston from an article titled,  The Trip to Wholeness: What to Pack, What to Expect. When I read it I was struck with the power of this …

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What is a spiritual path?

February 22, 2013 1,000 Comments

One of the aspects in the Wikkepedia definition of Spirituality was the idea that there is a spiritual path to enlightenment.  M. Scott Peck says.  “The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.” I …

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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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