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Developing Gratitude as a Lifelong Practice

“When I wake up in the morning I make a cup of tea and sit quietly in my sacred space for a few minutes enjoying the early morning sounds and sights. I close my eyes, take a few deep breaths in and out and recite what has become my morning mantra:
‘Thank you God for the gift of life
A wondrous gift so freely given.'”

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Losing My Focus

“As my fingers speed across the keyboard, I am awed by the dexterity of these small digits. I look at a stack of my prayer cards and am awed by the continuing creativity with which God blesses me. Wow, wow, wow. So much to be awed by, and I have not mentioned my neighbourhood awe and wonder walk which is once more a part of my daily exercise.”

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Strengthening Our Spiritual Backbones

“Being with my mother after her surgery encouraged me to reflect on my own beliefs and write my own personal creed. It provides a statement that I can return to whenever I feel insecure in my faith. It’s a little like a calling statement but with a little more detail about what I believe rather than what I want to do with my live.”

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Dance and Sing Your Way Into the Summer.

“This week I have been struggling. How can I celebrate this summer when so many around the world are still dying of COVID? How can I plan a vacation when so many are being evicted from their homes? How can I rejoice with my own peaceful and comfortable existence when there is still so much violence in our world? I want to enjoy my new found freedom but not at the expense of those who have been marginalized by the pandemic.”

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Finding Sacred Space and Sacred Time This Summer

“Now that we are becoming more mobile again and expect to do more travel, not just by car but by air, I am planning to reinstitute another of my travel rhythms. I will sit quietly in the airport or at my destination with a cup of coffee and take some quiet time to centre myself.”

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The Spirituality of Gardening

“So much gardening activity happens on our knees, in the position of prayer and supplication. I kneel to weed, plant and harvest and often find myself meditating and praying. If I am troubled by some seemingly insurmountable problem, there is no better place to thrash it out than kneeling in the garden. If I am irritable or depressed, there is no better therapy than weeding.”

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