Compassion, Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Love

Heart Exercises: Stretching your heart with lovingkindness

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone started their day by cultivating lovingkindness in their hearts? (I'm an idealist. I like to imagine these things. I like to think that anything is possible.) Maybe that's too big. I should start smaller. How would my day, my interactions, my heart change if… Continue reading Heart Exercises: Stretching your heart with lovingkindness

Compassion, Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Everyday Grace, Prayer, Silence

Changing the Rhythm of Seeing Another

Something has been off between me and a person I love. I don't know that the feeling is mutual. It could be all me. But sometimes I feel my heart hardening, and I don't know why. The other day, I sat down to spend some time in quiet. Unease toward this loved one surfaced. "What… Continue reading Changing the Rhythm of Seeing Another

Becoming, Everyday Grace, Perspective

May the Light of Your Soul Bless Your Work

For the last few years, a chalk-board sign above my kitchen sink reminded me to "Love people. Cook them tasty food." (Thank you Penzey's.) Unfortunately, my idea of tasty food differs drastically from my family's idea of tasty food. The idea of loving people by making them tasty food only made me cranky: I am… Continue reading May the Light of Your Soul Bless Your Work

Enough, faith, Image of God, Perspective

Trading Importance for Infinite Worth

"It was going to be one of Rabbit's busy days.  As soon as he woke up he felt important, as if everything depended upon him." -- A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner  "I'll go and see if there's anything [Christopher Robin] wants doing, and then I'll do it for him.  It's just the day… Continue reading Trading Importance for Infinite Worth