Friday, February 21, 2014

Reading is Spiritual

Reading is my new spiritual practice. It takes me far away from my everyday worries and concerns and elevates my thinking about a variety of ideas.

I am suddenly focused on something outside my narrow world while the story and the characters connect me to a larger sense of humanity.

I have a favorite reading place in the living room where the light is perfectly aligned and my body is enveloped easily into the coach.

The moment I sit down with my book and my teacup, I expect euphoria.

The luxury of reading is a luxury that freedom and fantasy provide.

The next book is already in my hands and it will gradually, but undoubtedly, open my heart to a new reality.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Waiting for Grace

"Chesed isn’t a reward; it is reality. God’s grace isn’t limited to what we want to happen or might like to happen. God’s grace is what is happening whether we like it or not. In short, God’s grace is the giving of all to all.” - Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Amazing Chesed
I have always believed that grace (chesed in hebrew) is limitless and available to everyone.
Grace has escorted me into my self-contrived darkness revealing herself just before the dawn of a significant birthing.
When I struggle and then let go of the struggle, grace appears to assure me that I am in sync.
Recalling moments of inexplicable goodness orbits my grateful places in perpetuity.
When I do not know what to do, I wait for grace. I stand with humility before her. I open my being to receive her. I trust her pattern. I shift my static paradigm and begin to swim towards that moment of clear water calm.
While waiting for grace, I forget to fear what will never happen.
Waiting for grace has become my best learned reality.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Longing is the One

Longing is a divine urgency that possesses your mind in the morning
and invades your heart in the evening.

When you long for something or someone,
your entire body is wrapped in the craving and the aching.  

In the longing resides a thirst and a hunger
that encourages and moves you forward.

Blessed is the longing
that uncovers your heart’s desires.

Blessed is the One who longs for you
and in the Longing
sets your sail in a new direction.