For the past two weeks I’ve been reading a book about mindfulness called, Relax and Be Aware. The ideas it contains are at the same time, simple and clear as well as profoundly deep and challenging. The author teaches meditation at a center in Myanmar (me-yan-mar) and in his book, he invites readers to become […]Read more "In Reach of Wisdom"
One day this week, early in the morning, I was starting my drive in to the hospital, when I noticed that seemingly overnight, all the Bradford pear trees in my neighborhood had burst into full bloom. They’d started the process several days before—first showing small hints of white blossoms and then beginning to spread flowers […]Read more "This Is the Moment"
Yesterday at Hancock Health I had the blessing of participating in a virtual Good Friday service we offered for our community, knowing that many, many people this Holy Week will be unable to go out and attend services as they normally would. Here I want to share the first of two reflections I offered in […]Read more "Pause for a Breath"
First, prayers and thoughts of safety and peace for all beings impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To help, please consider donating to the Red Cross (www.redcross.org), Austin Pets Alive (www.austinpetsalive.org), or the support organization of your choice. August 27, 2017 Did any of you go through your childhood with perpetually scraped knees? I know I did—and […]Read more "Scraped Knees and Second Chances"
Where in your life do you find yourself tempted? Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies cookies? Peanut Butter Cup blizzards? Or maybe it’s a certain kind of car, your favorite brand of shoes, or that place you’ve always wanted to go on vacation. Temptation is a common experience for all of us. Anyone who has […]Read more "Tempting thoughts"
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED that there are certain things in life that are never finished? Like mowing the grass, or doing the dishes. You can mow the grass on Saturday but there’s no escaping the fact that in five or six days, that grass will begin looking shaggy and need to be mowed again. Dishes are the same story—you might have a short reprieve when the last glass is put away, but wait a couple of hours and the dishes will start to multiply in the sink. Soon you’ll be right back where you started—scrubbing and rinsing and drying again.Read more "The Big Reveal"