Enhancing Freedom

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." ~  Nelson Mandela Photo Credit: Pixabay
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In Disguise

"The Holy One has a tendency to hide behind preposterous disguises: he is the homeless man lumbering through the park talking to himself in a loud voice, a pint of Cuervo Gold tucked into the back pocket of his jeans; she is the teenager texting her boyfriend and applying mascara at the stoplight after it has turned green; he is the young father ga...
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Something New

"The divine alchemy is supremely at work, showing its power to turn even the deepest hardness of cruelty and atrocity into something new and soft and flowing." Cynthia Bourgeault, Wisdom Jesus   Photo Credit: Pixabay
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"Jesus connected our criticizing others with looking at ourselves because understanding that is one of the most powerful ways to grow emotionally and spiritually (Matthew 7:3-4)."  ~ Pete Scazzero Look around and see who and what you feel critical of. "That's the clue that you are dealing with your shadow, your projections, not reality. T...
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"You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."                   ~Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies "The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of what they.         &n...
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I Praise You for What is Yet to Be

I Praise You for What is Yet to Be I praise you that you turn me loose to go with you to the edge of now any maybe, to welcome the new, to see my possibilities, to accept my limits, and yet to begin living to the limit of passion and compassion until, released by joy I uncurl to other people and to your kingdom coming for you are gracious beyond al...
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Mending Together

This past week at Kavanna House, we held another Formational Prayer Seminar.  In honor of all of the amazing participants in this seminar, we share this beautiful poem. With each of our breakings. you break, and with each of our woundings your own wounds grow deeper. Yet you hold the pieces together till we learn to make the new connections an...
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Follow your desire. I've heard that invitation many times over the last decade. And by desire, I mean a holy desire that is free from ego, agenda, etc. It's a common question in many of our classes and other contexts at Kavanna House. But a few weeks ago when I heard the following words rising in me from that place of deep inner knowing, I had a ne...
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Dancing Within the Music of Today

"Life is not unlike cinema. Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn...
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After 43 years at my current full-time position, I am facing retirement with the hope to work part-time in a new field. As I contemplate these changes, many thoughts and emotions arise. There is the letting go, the leaving of what is familiar, the body of work I struggled with and grew in, and to be honest, there's a sense of security her...
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True Value

"Even though the bee is small, there she is on the flower, doing something of value. And the value she creates there contributes to a larger ecosystem of value, in that mountain meadow, in that range of mountains, in the world and even the universe. And can't you just feel how happy she is?...Bees have so much to offer us if we only listen." - Jay ...
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Cocoon Consent

yes to less interaction with the outside world yes to the darkness of a cocoon where my inner orphans, safe from scorn and fear, grow curious, playful -- prepare to flourish in the love of a parent aligned with the Heart who beats be-long, be-long, be-long yes to the hiddenness of the cocoon where the heart of that not yet fully aligned parent may ...
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Help Needed

The neatly lettered cardboard sign read "Need Help". It was held by a man at the exit of the grocery store parking lot. He looked to be at least in his 60's or maybe his weathered look was simply the toll of the years on his thin frame. Although he held the sign upright so it was readable, his eyes were downcast and only occasionally...
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Image of God

"For those willing to keep heaving themselves toward the light, things can change. What has been lost gradually becomes less important than what is to be found. Curiosity pokes its green head up through the asphalt of grief, and fear of the unknown takes on an element of wonder as the disillusioned turn away from the God who was supposed to be in o...
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Today I am grateful for...

Today I am grateful for: My family, friends, a home, a job, a church home, the ability to see, hear, walk, talk, think, for pain, for problems and difficulties of diverse sorts. The first set of items listed I may go for days without noticing they are part of my life. Like the air I breathe into my lungs, they are important and necessary, and perha...
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I Chose You

  Did you ever have one of those times where you felt inadequate for the journey that is before you? Where you just felt you just weren't "enough", whatever that means? In the past few days, I've been wrestling with God over this, trying to recall His promises that might speak to this feeling of emptiness. And, as I tried to recall G...
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For Longing

  FOR LONGING Blessed be the longing that brought you here And quickens your soul with wonder. May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take. May t...
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Something More

There is something moreā€¦.. Like the constant dripping of the faucet, a background noise, is a nagging complaint running through my head, "There is more; I want more, there has to be more." I try to shut it out, and override the grievance with other thoughts. Or I busy myself with tasks and distractions until that voice becomes smaller and less...
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Encountering Hope

During the summer season, days are filled with nature's warmth and light, inviting us to bask in its gifts. Nature is alive and evident in marvelous ways, and my desire is to soak it all in. While I'm realistic enough to know that I will miss many glimpses of The Divine in this season, I still have hope that I will slow down, pause, and notice what...
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Emerging With the Season

Seasons come and seasons go; a time for everything. So it is with blogs, at least for ours. After a lengthy break, the time has come for us to re-emerge. Our prayer is that we will stay in rhythm with God's desire in all the seasons of this blog. We will offer reflections, questions, quotes, and anything that has risen to the surface in our spiritu...
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