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Emerging Beauty: Spirituality and quotes

March 27, 2020
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Who doesn’t like a good quote? I’ve compiled a few to make your day.

Quotes:

“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Kindness is the mark of faith; and whoever has not kindness has not faith.”– Mohammad

“Language is the laughter of the soul.”-Pablo Neruda 

“Simplicity of living, to retain a true awareness of life.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; it is our gift to each other.– Elie Wiesel

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” –Galatians 5:14 

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

“This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.” -Mevlana Rumi

Because of deep love, one is courageous.– Lao Tzu

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it. Showcase it and you’ll start believing it.” –Jesse Owens

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” Native American Proverb

This is a good time to enhance or start a spiritual practice. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some ideas. If you already belong to a church or synagogue, consider listening to a global meditation practice as well. We are all in this together.

Links to help grow a spiritual practice:

-Soundstrue.com offers a variety of spirituality gurus

-Brenebrown.com always insightful information

-Jackkornfield.com (free ½ day mindfulness home retreat with him and Tara Brach)

-More meditations: https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/coronavirus-meditations/

-AltheaTV on YouTube

-A good article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/smarter-living/coronavirus-anxiety-tips.html

-And more suggestions! https://hds.harvard.edu/life-at-hds/religious-and-spiritual-life/spiritual-resources-during-covid-19-pandemic

-Buddhist meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bn9TxJ62k&app=desktop

-a wonderful little garden commune in Northern Scotland: https://www.findhorn.org/workshops/

-great article and advice: https://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/blog/2020/3/mental-health-practices-for-everyone?fbclid=IwAR0LiK_N2I5YXP1Lh5tDt-jw9kb5O1VDCAYJnIId8J8y8h2yb8mcO_obUb8

Most churches, synagogue, mosques, temples and spiritual centers are now offering online services. IT IS OKAY to try a few!

Stay well. Find emerging beauty.

Carrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Road Trip Stories in the South

April 8, 2019

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Last week, I had a most excellent adventure. First, I met my oldest and closest friends in New Orleans and then road-tripped with my 88-year-old mom through the South. Both pieces were extraordinary.

My friends never disappoint. Sure, we’ve grown older; our legs more tired and our wrinkles much deeper. We’ve raised kids and dogs and worked and suffered. We’ve become strong, independent women who know a thing or two, and yet, have plenty to learn. We’re a complicated crew. Because of my gals, I’ve learned that relationships take effort. I’ve also learned, the best ones are worth the investment.

As lives change, friendships shift; but once together, my friends and I remember. We remember big hair, Bon Jovi, shoulder pads, banana bike seats, pool parties, and Schaeffer Light. Now, we roll eyes, remembering the jocks and the burn-outs, the teachers and the coaches. We remember laughing. We remember predators. We remember love. Mostly, we remember our stories. Together; eating and drinking and dancing like fools, we make more moments to remember. Stories.

After my friends, dispersed, Mom arrived. Because her grandma was a suffragist and taught her to demand social justice, Mom taught me the same. We headed for Montgomery where much of our nation’s horrific history is recorded. We sat with ghosts. We studied at the Legacy Center, listening to stories of incarceration, injustice, lynching, and death. As white women raised in America, like it or not, we’ve benefited from slavery’s dark legacy and the Jim Crow laws that followed. After many museums, we sat with ourselves; sorry and ashamed. Mom and I had long talks about racism, social injustice, and the history that got us here. We committed ourselves to listen better. Act more. And to speak about what we learned; sharing both the stories that were told and the stories that disappeared.

By the end of my adventure, I realized, not for the first time, how quickly life moves; how tragic and joyful it can be. In the time we are given, relationships and stories transform life, making it either better or worse.

Stories.

For me, I hope to create a life where I live a good story, I write a good story, and I listen to all the stories I can.