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The Two Sides of Silence

Before embarking on some sort of journey, be it going to another destination, or planning a vacation etc., there can be the tendency to romanticize the process. Anticipation is often different than the actual experience. When pondering the need for silence, it can be one sided when it is simply being thought about or when […]

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Want to sleep peacefully? Pray this prayer of the night

My dear God in heaven, O Creator, O One who loved me into being… Now that the voices are silenced and the crowded world of projects and overwhelming noise is hushed, here, at my bed, I seek your consolation. My spirit roots for you, as an infant seeks out the breast, seeks you as a […]

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Prayer and self knowledge

Self-knowledge does not always bring with it understanding. We can know something about ourselves, even the root of the issue, yet still not know what to do about it, if anything, to get rid of it. Prayer when thought about by many people, think about if it really works or not. If prayers or answered […]

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We live in a wilderness of noise

We live in a wilderness, a wilderness of noise. Noise is not just about sound. It has to do with the constant barrage of stimulation to our senses, emotions and even our intellect, (read information overload.) The problem with all this noise, pure and simple, is that it is an obstacle to our own inner […]

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5 ways to declare smartphone independence

Last week, I built my phone a home. It doesn’t have antenna bumpers, nor does it boast one of those fancy battery charging pads. Frankly, it’s not much to look at, but it serves its purpose. It’s a resting place; a small bowl. In a society that markets a new phone as the best way to get […]

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Talk on Anger, rage and resentment

We pick up things in our lives. Some of them are life giving, healing and helpful for us as we make our journey. Other events happen to us that weigh us down, burden us and pick at our souls like a bee trapped in our ear. A constant buzz which drains and further wounds our […]

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Inner

Sometimes I think my inner world resembles a basement filled too overflowing with all kinds of things. Some new, others old and moldy; useful tools though they are often buried under layers of chaotic junk. I get lost sometimes, so many images floating to the surface; faces, scenes, emotions, rambling thoughts, and irrational episodes of […]

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Making Peace Within Ourselves

It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity. We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from effects that are beyond […]

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