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Coming Home

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins I have been pondering Home. Where is Home, what is Home? This led me back to the line in the Gospel of John:  “Make your home in me, as I make my home in you.” Ah yes, that is the deep knowing within me. The Divine Mystery, the Beloved, […]

July 07, 2018 by Patience Robbins
Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, Contemplative Living, and Self Compassion. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Peace is not something you can force on anything or anyone… much less upon one’s own mind. It is like trying to quiet the ocean by pressing upon the waves. Sanity lies in somehow opening to the chaos, diving into the waves, where underneath, peace simply is.

~Gerald May

 

Children, Chaos, and Contemplation

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef

There is never a dull moment at our house. My wife and I have four children—amid the flurry of homework assignments, birthday parties, sibling spats, and dinnertime squabbles—there’s a lot of constant noise and movement.

One of the delightful things about having young children is their unbridled enthusiasm and overwhelming energy. They are fully present, without a sense that there is anything else to be. They are fully in the moment. This is a gift of being a child, not being weighed down by thoughts of the future, or by a sense of responsibility, or worry. They are right here, right now.

The downside is that everything is so important, and when something doesn’t go their way, right now, it’s reason for complaining, crying, sometimes even—panic. Spilling milk really is something to cry over. A favorite toy breaking feels like the apocalypse. Even as I write this there is fighting in the sandbox. (Don’t worry – we have plenty of moments of calm and laughter as well in our household!)

I long as a parent to be able to maintain an inner calm amid all this outer chaos and confusion. I find that I very seldom am able to cultivate that on the spot. It is something I need to consciously develop in other moments, so that when the chaos comes, I have a reserve of calm from which to draw. It might be a daily time of prayer and silence, a quiet walk outside, Scripture reading, or some other practice.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.

~Eckhart Tolle

Categories: Contemplative Living, Non-duality, Prayer, and Self Compassion. Tags: Eckhart Tolle. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Imperfection is not our personal problem. It is a natural part of existing.

~Tara Brach

Categories: Self Compassion. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see.

~Mark Nepo

Categories: Loss, Nature and spirituality, Prayer, and Self Compassion. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up.

~Parker Palmer

Categories: Self Compassion. Tags: door. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

The Power of Being Present

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef “Hello? Are you there, Dad?” I am awakened from my thoughts by my youngest child poking me, as I had apparently gone somewhere else while playing a game with her. This is a less common experience than it used to be, but still happens from time to time. We […]

Just where you are
—that’s the place to start.

~Pema Chödrön

Categories: Body Prayer, Prayer, and Self Compassion. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Categories: Self Compassion and spiritual growth. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.