Parties, Caroling, Presents - the holidays are here! I am sharing a beautiful idea from Eric Butterworth today to help us keep our balance as the holiday schedule kicks in, and it may be so wonderful that we want to continue to practice it. “Do two things before anything else. Make up your bed and make up your mind.
I spoke on Sunday about our thoughts create possibilities and impossibilities. WE are sourced by a limitless love with limitless possibilities. Here is a poem that came to me as I spent 2 hours in stillness out in nature amidst trees. I thought it may speak to you.
Rev. Richard mentioned a therapist named John Welwood who coined the phrase spiritual bypassing. It can be defined as a "tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks."
Our beloved Reverend Joyce has transitioned and now is up to her usual antics of bringing love and joy in the realm of the pure light of love. We will no longer be able to hug her or hear that laughter except in our memories. Yet we are far from bereft because we continue to carry all the gifts, all the wisdom, all the warmth that she poured into our lives.
We are living through an extraordinary period of time. With a pandemic, social unrest, racial injustice, economic uncertainty, political polarization, climate challenges, etc., many of us are feeling overwhelmed. A lot has changed; and we aren’t certain what things will look like on the other side of all of this.
This past spring I had the privilege of coordinating a bus trip to the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC. Our inter-generational group felt an overwhelming sense excitement as we arrived and saw buses from all over the country, all there to promote peace and work toward the elimination of gun violence.