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Bringing us Together

“We have the opportunity many times a day, everyday, to be the one who listens to others, curious rather than certain.  But the greatest benefit of all is that listening moves us closer.  When we listen with less judgement, we always develop better relationships with each other.  It’s not differences that divide us.  It’s our judgements about each other that do.  Curiosity and good listening bring us back together. “ –Margaret Wheatley I am blessed to spend extra time with everyones poems.  I read them the first time I receive […]

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Deepening Community

To deepen community is to find opportunities for ongoing connection with those we care about and those who care about us.  This connection strengths the bonds between us.  It builds an emotional resilience within and between us that, in turn, builds mutuality and reciprocity.  We begin to open ourselves up to receive and give.  Mutual acts of caring become the basis of an ever stronger feeling of belonging. –Paul Born   Community and ritual connecting to the soul of the earth Love Shannon **** Love Shelley **** Slow down breath with […]

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Listening to the Forest, I heard . . .

Where can we find the courage to start a good conversation?  The answer is found in the word itself.  Courage comes from the Old French word for heart (cuer).  We develop courage for those things that speak to our heart.  Our courage grows for things that affect us deeply, things that open our hearts.  Once our heart is engaged, it is easy to be brave. It takes courage to start a conversation.  But is we don’t start talking to one another, nothing will change.  Conversation is the way we discover […]

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Learning about Community by Listening to the Forest

“The real education is when you awaken and nourish and guide the inner spirit, this inner genius. The community grows from the giving of the gifts of the people in it, which is really giving from the genius.” –Michael Meade “Human beings long for connection, and our sense of usefulness derives from the feeling of connectedness. When we are connected — to our own purpose, to the community around us, and to our spiritual wisdom — we are able to live and act with authentic effectiveness.” –Michael Meade Imagination is […]

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Walking as One

I rest in the one life. Convergence of two alone amounts to one, the most lowly sum, which can’t be fallen from but into fractions, the direst subtraction. When two are wholly gone and are at one we are in place, without a trace from our selves departed and single hearted. –Wendell Berry Splitting ourselves into our two halves, left and right, thinking and feeling, and than coming back to both.  Seeing the world and naming it.  Feeling the world and knowing it. Bringing ourselves into wholeness we are more […]

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Belong to your Place

The Path 2015                                    The Path 2017 It is hard to have hope. It is harder as you grow old, for hope must not depend on feeling good and there is the dream of loneliness at absolute midnight. You also have withdrawn belief in the present reality of the future, which surely will surprise us, and hope is harder when it cannot come by prediction any more than by wishing. But stop dithering. The […]

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Gather the Spirit

Gather the spirit, harvest the power. Our separate fires will kindle one flame. Witness the mystery of this hour. Our trials in this light appear all the same. Gather in peace, gather in thanks. Gather in sympathy now and then. Gather in Hope, compassion, and strength. Gather to celebrate once again. Gather the spirit growing in all, drawn by the moon and fed by the sun. Winter to spring, and summer to fall, the chorus of life resounding as one. –Song, “Gather the Spirit” by Jim Scott Forest Church Fall […]

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Rejoicing with Gratitude and Prayer

Prayer is not just spending time with God.  It is partly that — but if it ends there, it is fruitless.  No, prayer is dynamic.  Authentic prayer changes us — unmasks us, strips us, indicates where growth is needed.  Authentic prayer never leads us to complacency, but needles us, makes us uneasy at times.  It leads us to true self-knowledge, to true humility. –St. Teresa of Avila I am grateful for the discipline of walking in Nature observing the seasons.  Returning each year within the season I find myself changed […]

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Sharing our Gratitude and Prayers

Everyday I walk out my door and see our beautiful plum tree, I feel so thankful and grateful for her abundance of fruit. Sue There was a lot of cutting of fallen trees and a few still standing. I tried to  rejoice which seemed strange and made this earth prayer from the bark littered about in Gratitude. Gratitude for the clearing of fuel in case of fire. Love Barb Grateful for my garden.  Grateful for the sun, the soil and the seeds.  Grateful for the time spent tending and how […]

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HOME

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. –Maya Angelou   There is something elusive about place. “The places we come to know as “home” involve an intangible flash of recognition, a soul connection that brings forth a different sort of knowing about God, Nature, or one-Self.  Home is a place where God somehow meets us—where we belong.” —Diana Butler Bass–

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