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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Between Darkness and Joy
Mar17

Between Darkness and Joy

“Somewhere between the dark night and joy lies a place of simple peaceful loving kindness. A place where I rest and lean safely against myself for awhile; a place where I can be in the silence and hold a sacred space for myself; a place where I know and embrace the full spectrum of vulnerability without judging myself; a place where courage and compassion are not actions, but simply states of being; where self-forgiveness gives...

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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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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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Twelve Powers
Jun25

Twelve Powers

Power Month / Page Link Disciple Color Faith January Simon Peter Dark Blue Love February John Pink Strength March Andrew Spring Green Wisdom April James, son of Zebedee Yellow Power May Philip Purple Imagination June Bartholomew Light Blue Understanding July Thomas Gold Will August Matthew Silver Order September James, son of Alphaeus Olive Green Zeal October Simon the Cananaean Orange Elimination November Thaddaeus Russet Life...

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Compassion
Mar10

Compassion

People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion — to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine....

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