Taking Back My Power
May11

Taking Back My Power

Victim mentality is an acquired (learned) personality trait in which a person tends to regard him or herself as a victim of the negative actions of others, and to think, speak and act as if that were the case — even in the absence of clear evidence. It depends on habitual thought processes and attribution. Victim mentality is primarily learned, for example, from family members and situations during childhood. It contrasts with the...

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Grace
Apr08

Grace

“…Grace shows up in the portal of not knowing. When the heart is clenched tight, whether in anger or certitude, in fear or in grief, grace coaxes the fist open, looks into the palm and reads there a lifeline of a larger possibility. Grace is an open hand, extended to the stranger, to the loved one, to the wounded one within. It is the open hand of relationship, of kindness, of blessing.” – Karen Hering Salt of...

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Holding Sacred Space For a Friend
Mar24

Holding Sacred Space For a Friend

Have you ever experienced something like this? I sat together with a friend one night within the dark night of his soul. I held for him a greater truth, the essence of which he could not see. I held it until he was eventually able to shed enough of what no longer served him, and was able to see the spark of light that had been within him all along. It was the spark of his true spirit; his goodness and his gifts. It gave me pause. I...

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Disappointment
Feb26

Disappointment

“…if hope does not disappoint, then hope appoints….” A few years back a dear friend sat with me as I was suffering the great disappointment of losing my job. He held space for me as I felt the sting of disappointment followed by anger, grief and struggled with a sense of desperation. At one point in the conversation he shared a portion of a bible verse that has stuck with me since: “…because we know...

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Balance
Jan29

Balance

“what is joy without sorrow? what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. it’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.” ― Mark Twain “There are moments when i wish i could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but i have a feeling that...

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On Friendship
Dec26

On Friendship

Aristotle laid out the philosophical foundation of friendship as the art of holding up a mirror to each other’s souls. Two millennia later, Emerson contemplated its two pillars of truth and tenderness. Another century later, C.S. Lewis wrote: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” In the Celtic tradition,...

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Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Dec13

Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success

She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She’s best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. She’s Maya Angelou and here in video are her Top 10 Rules for Success, and her famous poem, Still I Rise. 1. Just do...

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Depression
Nov23

Depression

Depression. It is something in our present culture we have difficulty talking about, yet each of us at one time or another have known someone or have been personally affected by depression. In the pit of darkness without a ladder, some remain frozen in this place for days, or weeks, or even years. It is the darkest night of the soul and perhaps the loneliest. One website page cannot do justice to the significants of this topic, but...

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Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing
Nov06

Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing

The Highroad to Reconciliation and Forgiveness – Reverend Steve Bolen – Part 1: Introduction to this week’s sermon: The Highroad of Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing, Part 2. Reverend Steve Bolen will be exploring practical tools to help us make a difference in the world, within this community and out in the communities of our lives. “We are all walking each other home.” – Rumi...

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Sectarianism & Racism
Oct30

Sectarianism & Racism

Is there a difference between sectarianism and racism? Sectarianism is a form of bigotry, discrimination, or hatred arising from attaching relations of inferiority and superiority to differences between subdivisions within a group. Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races; prejudice,...

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