Embodied Existence: A Blessing

A poem by Late Night Epiphanies caught my attention one afternoon while I was scrolling through social media. It was a beautiful reflection of appreciation for all that the sister-authors had penned.  Not only did it foster appreciation for all my body has endured and enabled me to enjoy, but it sparked my own creativity. Continue reading “Embodied Existence: A Blessing”

Kind Reminder for your Body: Self-Care

I am worth the space it takes to heal In his book, Ladder to the Light, Steven Charleston writes, “Spirituality is not a spa, but a construction site…”. The work of truly caring for ourselves is a messy, imperfect process. It takes time and investment. While self-comfort and pleasurable activities are part of the equation,Continue reading “Kind Reminder for your Body: Self-Care”

Kind Reminder for your Body: Chronic Pain

Life will always be imperfect but I have the gift of now. Some ailments have no end. The practice of radical acceptance can be most unwelcome, particularly when suggested by those who are not plagued by a chronic illness. And yet, embracing the reality of our circumstances is what allows us to transform our perspective,Continue reading “Kind Reminder for your Body: Chronic Pain”

Kind Reminder for your Body: Listening to your Body

I am grateful for all my body does for me In this series, we will be providing a weekly bonus post that features a focus statement. These simple phrases are a reminder and blessing, an affirmation that can be used as a breath prayer throughout the day or as a word of encouragement that youContinue reading “Kind Reminder for your Body: Listening to your Body”

A Blessing (Matthew 6:25-37)

Our lives and our problems will continue to unfold in this beautiful progression we call time.   In the gospel of Matthew these words of Jesus are retold and written as prose.  I’ve taken the liberty to turn them into a more poetic format.   May the words of Jesus offer you comfort today. “Therefore IContinue reading “A Blessing (Matthew 6:25-37)”

Time for Joy: In the now (James 4:14)

“Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring.”  James 4:14 This week make some time to focus on being present in the moment.  Try out one of these practices: Picture drawing a box in your mind.  As you draw the first side of the box, breathe in slowly.  Draw the second side andContinue reading “Time for Joy: In the now (James 4:14)”

Time for Comfort: Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow (James 4:14)

“Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring.” -James 4:14 “Anticipation is half the realization,” my grandma once told me when I inquired why she was so opposed to surprises. My maternal grandmother was a wonderful and warm woman. A hard worker and prayer warrior, I don’t think she knew a stranger! WhileContinue reading “Time for Comfort: Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow (James 4:14)”

From Surviving to Thriving: A Blessing

You have probably heard it said (or uttered it yourself):  The days are long but the years are short!  When in a situation where you feel stretched to nearly breaking, you remember:  This too shall pass.  The reality of the challenges (and exhaustion) we face is:  This will not last forever, but it may beContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: A Blessing”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Radical Acceptance (Psalm 139: 19-21)

“O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me —those who speak of you maliciously, and lift themselves up against you for evil!“Psalm 139:19-21 Practice radical acceptance this week with a meditation prayer.  While sitting with your palms facing upwards, breathe in slowly and then exhale completely. Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Radical Acceptance (Psalm 139: 19-21)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Truth-Telling

Spend a few moments today journaling the truth of your situation. Find a comfortable space and using your journal, loose-leaf paper, or an index card, take time to do an unedited brain dump of some truth you are carrying around in your head and heart. Perhaps it’s a short list of what you know forContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Truth-Telling”