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Hit the Reset Button

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Hit the Reset Button

By Syndie Eardly   Put this at the top of your 2017 resolution list: I promise to hit the reset button every morning. Hitting the reset button means starting fresh every day, believing that you are loved unconditionally by the Great Creator, completely forgiven for everything in the past, and invited once again to participate in the ongoing creation with a fresh spirit. Many of our greatest spiritual teachers have offered us a perspective on fresh beginnings. Ralph Waldo Emerson penned this sage advice: “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders...

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Heart Giving

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Heart Giving

Heart Giving

Whenever you give, give from the heart! In this season of self-conscious generosity, we tend to see gifts as things, something that can be wrapped and ribboned; something tangible. Although very often the most appreciated gifts are those that cannot be unwrapped and opened, seen or touched. Easiest to see in older folks who already have enough stuff, but crave a bit of attention. Someone to listen to their memories, to cherish their stories, to offer them a time of company in their loneliness. But children also need (and can be taught to appreciate) the attention and companionship of adults...

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Retreat Ahead

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Retreat Ahead

Retreat Ahead

A dear friend reminds me occasionally that what she calls “nun-speak” or “sister-speak” is not clear to the average layperson. For example when we say “slide” meaning the cafeteria counter where food is set out for selection, all kinds of images may come to mind, but probably not the one that we intend. Come to think of it the English language is like that a lot—many words need context to give them clarity, and context comes from history and use. So, to the subject of this blog… the word “retreat” needs clarification on both sides. When a sister or woman religious...

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Let innocence arise

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Let innocence arise

I have often shared the story that on a summer day in my childhood, walking down a country road in Ohio, I experienced a moment of profound enlightenment. I did not know it at the time. I had no words for such things at the age of 10. But as my life deteriorated into anxiety and depression, I pointed to that moment and said to myself, “If I could get back to that moment, I know I would be healed.” So I began the search for that glorious reality that my soul experienced at the age of 10. I longed to return to the inner experience of a childhood summer of freedom and play, openness and...

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The Gift of Moments

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

The Gift of Moments

Be in the moment! Ah, if only I could… but the moment doesn’t wait for me to get there, already it’s gone to the next: a new moment and here I am late arriving again. Life is a succession of moments and I am called/invited to pay attention, but the hope of doing so by closing my eyes and focusing within seems a contradiction, an escape from the outward and onward passing moments that keep flowing by. Yet it isn’t either/or. When I am silent within and waiting I am still moving from moment to moment. Life/time unfolds and the invitation to be present is real. This is both gift and...

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Oasis of Presence

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Oasis of Presence

Oasis of Presence

Ivan came to work the garden this morning. “Your garden,” he said “should be called an Oasis of Love.” What a wonderful thought! I remember one of our guests saying recently that “Practicing presence is our ministry.” Perhaps all of Centering Space is an “Oasis of Presence” Practicing presence is acknowledging the hand of God in all that surrounds us: signs of divine energy in the sparrows, the red-winged blackbirds, the nuthatches, the red-bellied woodpeckers and even the starlings sharing and quibbling at the suet baskets; signs of divine artistry in the yellow daffodils,...

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