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.

Painting Love’s Journey

Today’s post is by Kimberly Borin Create a visual or word image of the feeling of love you have for some person, place, or thing. This means expressing the feeling itself, not simply a subject you love. – John Daido Loori, The Zen of Creativity, Cultivating Your Artistic Life A large white canvas stands before […]

March 03, 2018 by Kimberly Ann Borin
Categories: Body Prayer and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: art, journey, love, and painting. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

When love awakens in your life,
it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.

~John O’Donohue

Categories: Love and Nature and spirituality. Tags: celtic christianity, john o'donohue, love, and quote. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

A new command I give you:
Love one another.

~Jesus

 

Categories: Love. Tags: gospel, Jesus, and love. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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Say yes to each new, unexpected
manifestation of love.

~James Finley

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We were loved
from before
the beginning.
~Julian of Norwich

 

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Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Love. Tags: Julian of Norwich, love, and quote. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Ilia Delio on Exploring the Cosmos [with video]

Excerpted from Ilia Delio’s Saturday morning lecture on April 30 One day, I was sitting in my little apartment in Washington DC, and I knew myself to be loved by God, and in that love, I felt myself really free. And so I didn’t have to look a certain way, or be a certain way. […]

Love, the Riskiest of Bets

Today’s post is by Juliet Vedral. It has never been difficult for me to say “I love you.” Maybe this is just my personality—I’m an ENFJ so that’s kind of our stock-in-trade. Maybe this is just my cultural background—I’m half-Italian and in some ways all the stereotypes of being passionate, emotive people are true. I hug my friends when I see them. I hug new friends after we’ve first met. It’s not hard for me to show love. Except when it costs me.

I am now over four months into a relationship that has gone from a casual, “why not?” set-up to serious conversations about serious, life-altering matters. I’ve discovered that the rules of dating are primarily defensive strategies, the cousins of the job interview technique. You carefully edit out the bad to highlight the good. Weaknesses are re-cast to appear as strengths, making you appear wonderfully vulnerable (but not high-maintenance or a mess). Above all, you guard your heart and do not give it away to just anyone.

But the strategies that work in dating will kill a relationship.

Grounded in Gratitude

 Today’s post is by Savannah Kate Coffey “Whatever comes, the great sacrament of life will remain faithful to us, blessing us always with visible signs of invisible grace.” ~John O’Donohue The Bless the Space between Us The days of 2014 are waning and I am venturing a guess that we all began this year somewhere […]