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I was turning 40, facing empty nest, and needed a new somethin’ somethin’.  I decided to try tennis.    So my very first morning of tennis, some (almost) 20 years ago now, I walked into a Target store and purchased a tennis racquet, drove myself to the local tennis club and showed up for a 9......
I have a love-hate relationship with yoga.  It always feels so good afterwards.   As the instructor began class last week he asked us to set an “intention.”  They do this often and I usually have something to bring.  But last week I was more concerned about just getting out alive as I had not been......
There was an article in the Wall Street Journal recently that caught my attention. The Philadelphia 76er’s have a 4-point line. Nobody else in the NBA has a 4-point line ~ and theirs isn’t real either; it’s imaginary. But the results are astounding. I am not sure how this effects the 76er’s stats (I didn’t......
As I have pondered living in a democracy, my first instinct has not always been from a contemplative point of view. As I also consider Micah 6:8 ” O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you:to do what is right, to love mercy, and to......
I write on the 5th Sunday of Easter. That time between Easter resurrection and Pentecost. The scripture I reflected on today was John 15: 1-8, the tending of the vineyard. These past weeks I have had occasion to traverse the wine country of California. The workers were in the vineyards pruning the vines of old......
Most of us in the Western world are speeding through our days, focused on technology which keeps us moving and thinking about the next email, appointment, text, meeting, other activities or chores. It appears there is little time for quiet or even to notice all that is in our experience at each moment. It’s quite......
Christmas has come and gone, but I’ve continued reflecting on the beauty and mystery of the incarnation. Along the path of my spiritual journey I now find myself in the process of slowly reconnecting with my body. The experiences of my younger years left me disconnected from many of the feelings and realities of my body.......
Moving through various seasons of the year with intention is a great way to focus our contemplation or prayer practice. For example, in this current season, often referred to by many as “Epiphany” or “the season of light”, light offers a powerful metaphor for reflecting on our lives, faith, and how we feel called to......
With January comes Epiphany, the season of light. Although Christmas lights are being taken down off houses and department stores, Epiphany refers to a different kind of light that lingers in and all around us. It’s the light of hope, possibility, inspiration and peace. The kind that seems to just appear when people help one......
  • Advent - A time to remember - Valley Spiritual Direction
Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of Abraham, his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones! He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the......
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