You are lovable, even when you’re ill

You are lovable, even when you’re ill

You may be thinking "but a silly title. Of course people who are ill are as lovable as they were when they weren't ill." That's the conscious, reasonable attitude. A funny thing happens, though, in our unexamined, reactionary minds. People who are ill may find...

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What love is and isn’t

What love is and isn’t

I was reminded recently of the Christian Scripture on love (first Corinthians 13:4-7). Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in...

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Love is immeasurable

Love is immeasurable

This month, I am considering the kind promise "I will love without keeping score." When I love, I am wishing for the other that they grow and blossom into their own brilliance. I wish the same for myself. Imagine a world where we nurtured ourselves and each other. We...

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a grateful lovingkindness meditation

a grateful lovingkindness meditation

Every day, I do a variation of Buddhist lovingkindness meditation. The blessing I use is:May you be safe.May you be strong.May you live with joy.May you be peaceful and at ease. Traditional instructions are to say, think and imagine those blessings on yourself,...

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Gratitude in difficult times

Gratitude in difficult times

This month, I am considering the kind promise "I will appreciate blessings." Sometimes life seems dark and it's hard to feel grateful. This includes the chaos that follows diagnosis of a serious health challenge and living with it afterward. The ground seems to have...

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Saying grace (for the first time in 40 years)

Saying grace (for the first time in 40 years)

At the end of last year, I set an intention to return to "saying grace" before I eat. When I was a child, my parents taught me of prayer to say at mealtime. Each night, before supper, my father would ask one of the diners "would you please say grace?" I had two older...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and in my monthly newsletter.

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