Sermon On The Mat #5: Living Grace Through Sabbath Keeping

Why are we so rarely in the state of grace?  I believe the reason is that we rarely have the courage to expand ourselves fully in the moment.  Living with grace is knowing what time it is, and then acting in sync with it.  If we draw from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3: “there is a time […]

Dolce far Niente – The Art of Doing Nothing

One of my favorite Italian sayings is “Dolce far Niente”, which means “the sweetness of doing nothing.” It does not mean being lazy, it is referring to the pleasure one gets from being idle. … Dolce far Niente is something Italians embrace and something they do very well.  Maybe this is why I LOVE Italy […]

Sermon On The Mat 4: The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness/ The Image and Likeness of God

I am in the middle of this beautiful book entitled, “The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness” by Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  I picked it up on the last night of my silent retreat at Mepkin Abbey and never got to read it through but I knew I had to spend time in this book so I ordered […]

Sermon On The Mat #3 – Unexpected Gifts

The unexpected moment is always sweeter.  Wouldn’t you agree?  Life is always bringing unexpected gifts. Yesterday a dear friend gave me a beautiful journal that she picked up.  She said that when she saw it, she thought of me. And that is how I became the proud owner of this gift.  This out of the […]

Sermon On the Mat #1: Abundance

Sermon From the Mat #1 ABUNDANCE John 10:10 says “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” Having an abundance mindset affords us the opportunity to live life in its fullness of joy, gratitude and strength in body, mind and spirit. Achieving an abundance mindset can be […]

Encountering Silence – My Mepkin Abbey Retreat

This past weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of spending three days at the beautiful Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, with a group of amazing people from all over the east coast to hear thoughts on Encountering Silence from Carl McColman.  Carl not only is a prolific author on the subject of […]

Firsts

First impressions First love First day of First born First (fill in the blank) What do you feel when you hear “the first?” What comes to your mind? Do you feel happy or maybe hopeful? Or can hearing this make you disappointed or depressed? I believe there are certain words that hold power and “the […]

Awakening – Photo Challenge

My husband and I recently took a trip to Tucson to visit family.  We chose to add a few days on to the trip to enjoy some time in Sedona by ourselves.  I have always loved Sedona.  Beyond the “mystical” fascination that draws so many to the area, I am in awe of the rock […]