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Spiritual Direction, Spirituality

Discerning Truth

Please remember that the “good guys” and “bad guys” are not always who they seem to be. The wheat and the weeds grow together in all places — in individuals, in communities, in human institutions. It’s up to you to get quiet and discern the truth for yourself. Start by questioning everything you think you believe. Where did you get this “knowledge?” Did someone tell you to believe it; did you read it somewhere, etc? Quiet the thinking part of the brain for a while, and listen to your gut and heart. The Truth is true in all places and all times — so you know what it is, you can hear it, deep within yourself if you get quiet and listen. Please take your time. This cannot be rushed. When you sense what is true, you will feel confident, peaceful, even joyful. No one can take this away from you — ever! Also remember that those who know Truth are not generally the ones who are shouting from rooftops. They are the ones who go quietly and peacefully about their lives day after day, year after year. They will not force their beliefs on you. But they will share trusted guidelines, hundreds or even thousands of years old, for discerning Truth and making wise choices.
Peace to all!

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Vibrant Health

Homebound? Here are tips!

Greetings! Here are some tips if you find yourself at home every day and stuck in a monotonous schedule:

— Keep your bedtimes and rising times as consistent as possible. Make your bed in the morning to help separate nighttime from daytime.
— Eat three meals a day and limit snacking to avoid weight gain. Choose set meal times that work for you. Example: 8:00AM breakfast, 12:30PM lunch, 6:00PM dinner. If you have trouble with snacking, ask yourself if you’re trying to keep your hands occupied. If so, try writing or drawing. If it’s the mouth/tongue that wants to stay busy, try chewing sugarless gum or sucking on ice cubes.
— Get some fresh air and sunshine every day. Perhaps take a walk or do yard work.
— Get exercise every day, either indoors or outdoors. Walking, stretching, and yoga can be done every day. Household chores such as sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting can provide good exercise too.
— Limit TV as it tends to numb the mind. Instead try reading books or doing crossword puzzles.
— Cultivate your spiritual life with prayer, meditation, and/or chanting.
— Explore your creativity with writing poetry or stories, singing, dancing, painting or other activities.
— Call (rather than texting) a friend. If you just need some human connection, reach out and chat!

Take good care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Namaste….

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Spirituality

A Time of Suffering

What if there is only ONE suffering soul, one being, one consciousness in the whole world?

“I am not alone in my tiredness or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others from many centuries, and it is all part of life.” — Etty Hillesum

“The image of Jesus on the cross somehow communicates God’s solidarity with the willing soul. A Crucified God is the dramatic symbol of the ONE SUFFERING that God fully enters into WITH us—much more than just FOR us, as many Christians were trained to think.” — Richard Rohr

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Poetry, Yoga

Yoga Sestina

Here’s a poem I wrote a few years ago in the sestina form
(originally published at The Camel Saloon in 2013):

Yoga paths make whole,
send our hearts reaching
out from bodies united
to mind, breath, energy.
We stretch arms, legs, center –
all for blossoms of clarity.

Physical aches and stress clear
away, and even heart’s holes
are healed. Our centeredness
flows from opposites reaching
then blending. Energetic
bodies grow toward union.

Finite minds see unity
with Cosmic Mind; cleared
breath brings life-energy
and mental wholeness.
Contentment at last: a reach,
a handshake, with our true center.

Rambling thoughts are centered;
desperate regrets, fears reunited
with inner peace. Vistas reached
via persistence; wide clearings
bring options and fill holes
opened by misused energies.

Physically, mentally re-energized,
we remember our center:
Honoring the soul makes us whole.
We realize yoga means union
(with God). Our tangled paths clear,
reveal the goal within reach.

Pointless desires drift from reach
of fickle hearts. Our energies
refocus new-found clarity:
Live for God, from our soul-center
to manifest ever-true unity,
the wholeness of holiness.

God’s love reaches us with clarity
to make whole our divided energy:
Our heart-center rests in unity.