We, this people, on this small and drifting planet Whose hands can strike with such abandon That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness That the haughty neck is happy to bow And the proud back is glad to bend Out ofContinue reading “Maya Angelou, an excerpt from “A Brave and Startling Truth””
by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.I come into the peace ofContinue reading “The Peace of Wild Things”
Wisdom from a death doula. Expected Death ~ When someone dies, the first thing to do is nothing. Don’t run out and call the nurse. Don’t pick up the phone. Take a deep breath and be present to the magnitude of the moment. There’s a grace to being at the bedside of someone you loveContinue reading “Profound words on a tough subject. It’s worth a read.”
Music has always been a major spiritual resource for me. I learned piano, I taught myself guitar, I sang with my sister at family gatherings, and once with my aunt in a pub in Ireland, and I have always been in a choir, that is until covid. I loved all the different kinds of music,Continue reading “Music as Spirituality”
“Religion is for people who are scared of hell; Spirituality is for people who have been there.” As a hospital worker in 2021 you have seen hell. You may have felt you were living in it some days. But you have survived. This may not be the time to question God or your religious affiliationContinue reading “Thought for the Day-Religion vs. Spirituality”
Fr. Richard Rohr reflects on a Buddhist teaching – being present to the present. “The presence of God is infinite, everywhere, always, and forever. You cannot not be in the presence of God. There’s no other place to be. The only change is always on our side—God is present, but we’re not present to Presence.Continue reading “Buddhist Wisdom from a Catholic Priest”
“Don’t worry about achieving. Don’t worry about perfection. Just be there each moment as best you can.” Pema Chodron Pema Chodron is an ex-Catholic, Buddhist nun, writer, teacher, mother and grandmother.
Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.Such striving may seem admirable,but it is a way of foolishness.Help them instead to find the wonderand the marvel of an ordinary life.Show them the joy of tastingtomatoes, apples, and pears.Show them how to crywhen pets and people die.Show them the infinite pleasurein the touch ofContinue reading “Make the Ordinary Come Alive”