Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be.
—Joan Didion, born 79 years ago today, on grief – a soul-stirring read for everyone who’s ever lost anyone (via explore-blog)
The center of our life is unrequited love.
…and that can be a beautiful thing.
it looks soooo easy.
mindfulness … simple but not easy.
Mind Full, or Mindful?
We’re often overwhelmed by life, confronted by choices big and small. We wake up in the morning and we’re almost in automatic mode: brush our teeth wash, our face, take our health supplements, grab breakfast on the quick. But are we really present to ourselves for…
As more media outlets produce stories about me, a few points of clarification:
* I did a LOT of drugs, but I am not a drug addict. I’m an alcoholic. Booze was my undoing.
* I swear a lot, but have never dropped an F bomb in a sermon
* I did not live in a commune…I just had a lot of roommates.
* I have never said “God doesn’t have any answers” I said that we go to God for answers, but sometimes what we get is God’s presence.
* Yes, a couple times this year I have competed in Olympic-Style Weightlifting. But calling me a “competitive weightlifter” seems a stretch.
All of this has made me wonder how many times I drew conclusions or made judgements about someone I read about in the media based solely on exaggerated statements by the media outlet.
If you haven’t heard this countercultural, tatted up Lutheran pastor talk about God, faith, and life, then you really ought to listen to this On Being episode, "Seeing the Underside and Seeing God."
unless of course it’s about Rob Ford, our Toronto mayor. There — the media got it WAY right…and he just tells lies. American media is a bit different. ;-)
Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself, so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like circumstances.
…and an early explanation of mindlessness (?)
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
— HELEN KELLER, writer (1880-1968)
Better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.
—according to Dr. Rick Hanson, it’s an old proverb.