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Friday Musings: Stillness

Friday Musings: Stillness

There is a moment that happens every morning when we first wake up, before any conscious thought takes over, when we know deep stillness. It may only last for a second, or a bit longer than that, but in that timeframe, however short it may be, we’re only aware of our existence and nothing else. We have both an open heart and a quiet mind. In the sequence of events that follows, it’s our emotions that hit us first, and we suddenly feel happy, or sad, or worried, or excited. The reason for those emotions follows

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Friday Musings: Demolition

Friday Musings: Demolition

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the song “Trouble Me” by the 10,000 Maniacs, in which I said that I thought it was one of the greatest songs ever written about relationships. One particular line in that post caught people’s attention, and I’ve had a number of conversations about it. I wrote, “Although our intentions may be good, keeping things that trouble us from the person we love will only end up

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Friday Musings: Transcendence

Friday Musings: Transcendence

Arriving at the idea behind today’s post has been something of a journey for me, but it’s one that I hadn’t realized that I’d embarked on until my thoughts suddenly became very familiar. I wanted to write about the way in which we take stock of our lives, and how we’ll know in the end whether we’ve fully been aware of life’s most important moments. What is the measure we should use? Since so much of our modern world is compiled on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, can we expect to find them

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Friday Musings: Your Deepest Presence

Friday Musings: Your Deepest Presence

The other day I pilfered a copy of The Essential Rumi from my daughter Wendy’s bookshelf. This is one of the benefits of having a child who is extremely well-read. It’s literally like having a library at your disposal. She’s unaware that I “borrowed” her book, but if she’s reading this post then she certainly knows it now. Rumi was a 13th century philosopher and theologian who just happens to have written truly beautiful poetry that is extremely relevant to our 21st century world. He is considered by many to

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Friday Musings: A Riot of Pinks

Friday Musings: A Riot of Pinks

Last night I stood by my window and watched the most beautiful sunset fill the sky with so many different shades of pink that I couldn’t even count them all. It seemed so appropriate to me because my granddaughter Nora turned one this week. It was as if the sky was offering up its riotous display of color just to celebrate her, and there is, after all, so very much to celebrate. What a year she and I have had together! When I first found out I was going to be a grandmother, the thought of it filled my heart

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