It's nearing the end of the semester. My first year of Seminary is coming to a close. In the midst of some 10 hours or so of studying Greek today, I went for a walk. I've learned this year that I should listen to my body. Sometimes I just need to move for a while. … Continue reading Simplicity meets Stress
Sometimes I'm like a little box. Small. Cute. Happy. When you open the lid there's all sorts of craziness inside. Ideas. Inspiration. Sewing scraps. Art mess. It's a collection of sorts. Memories. Faces. Smiles. Hugs. Hurts. Much of the time I live with the lid off, freely sharing, loving, living. Then sometimes (like today) I … Continue reading Box-like
At the beginning of a drive I'm usually pretty focused. I make sure I'm in the right gear, my lights are on, my windshield-wipers are going a correct speed, and I'm staying within the lines. Some time passes. Suddenly I realize, "Oh man, I'm driving". While that has been the case (hopefully) the entire time, … Continue reading Cultivating awareness.
I have a tendency to multi-think, while multi-tasking. Today I was reading my Old Testament book, drinking water, facebook chatting, thinking about a weekend retreat I'm planning, details of the future, the stories of the prophets, and trying to retain the information my eyes were hopefully capturing. Some would call that being distracted. Or multi-tasking … Continue reading A present moment
Have you ever tried to sit in silence for a half hour? 15 minutes? 5 minutes? I'm not talking about reading, all cozied up with a blanket and cocoa. Or chillin' with some music. Actual silence. No noise. No movement. No scrambling. I find this task quite difficult. It's like stopping an avalanche to ask … Continue reading Why silence is difficult
Silver buttons through faded button holes on my big blue coat, scarf tied around my neck, curls dancing, I stepped onto the beach today. I always walk the same direction. Today the wind beat against me, making every effort to deter me from my usual path. My ears stung from the cold and the failed … Continue reading Be there?
Today I went to the beach. Often this is the place I pour my deepest sorrows and tears before my Creator. Today I brought instead inexplicable joy. I'm beginning to believe that as healing is a wonder, so the gift of joy to a broken desperate world is a miracle. As I walked along in … Continue reading Just be