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Posts by Colette Lafia

How Our Special Places Connect Us to Gratitude

This past July, I decided to leave the San Francisco summer fog, and head across the Golden Gate Bridge to a retreat center in warm Marin county. The Santa Sabina Retreat Center, tucked away in a corner of the Dominican College campus, feels likes a large home, with 40 single bedrooms surrounding a lovely courtyard with…

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Here’s a Book I’m Sure You’ll Enjoy!

I’m reading Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t be Taught (And Why That’s Okay), by Carl McColman, a contemplative teacher and author. Check out his website here. The first thing that pulled me in when I began reading Unteachable Lessons was its willingness to be honest and searching. Through his warm and inviting storytelling, we come…

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Facing Change with Gratitude

As we begin to feel autumn in the air, with the golden hue of the light, the smell of cool air, and the variety of apples filling the farmer’s markets, we sense change and transition. Change isn’t simply something we live through, it’s a teacher asking us to become fully present to and active within…

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An Open Heart

At times, comfort is about bringing an open heart to a situation. Acceptance of others is rooted in accepting yourself. If you are tired today, emotionally vulnerable, or angry and frustrated, make room for it. Learn to gently say, I accept all of myself. I hold my feelings with tenderness, love, and comfort. With this acceptance, I…

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Wednesday Wisdom: Cultivating the Heart of Compassion

There are so many moments in which we can be a compassionate presence to another person. If we reflect upon even a day in our lives, we will realize this. Last week, my elderly in-laws were in town, visiting us after an extended cruise in which they encountered days of stormy weather. They arrived exhausted,…

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Inspiration Fountain

My older sister was a very busy therapist before she retired last year. I remember she always told me that she tried to look at each person she saw in a day as ‘a child of God.’ Today, her words inspired me. As students came into the library with a question, or to search for…

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