I was so full of anticipation for Christmas day, like a child really, waiting with joy and enthusiasm for the day to arrive. But the night before Christmas ended up being a restless night for me, and I didn’t sleep well. Since the vicissitudes of sleep is part of my landscape, I am no stranger…

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When I spent a weekend recently at¬†Bishop’s Ranch, in Northern California, at an Advent retreat, I decided one misty morning to take a hike in the country surrounding the property. It had been raining for several days so the soil was soggy as I trudged up the pathway, each step dipping into the moist ground.…

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The other day I was walking up the hill from my house, on my way to the park, when I saw an elderly woman standing on the corner taking a photograph. I looked around and really couldn’t guess what she was taking pictures of. As I passed her, she said, “I love taking pictures of…

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Have you ever wanted more spaciousness in your day, but your days are full of responsibilities that you can’t ignore. Well, for almost a year now, I have been keeping a morning journal in which I draw and write. Some days, it’s a few scratch marks, along with a simple sentence, while other days I…

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The other day, it was my morning off work, and I just wanted to stay home and be more contemplative–slow down, and have time to mediate in a more leisurely way. But that didn’t happen. When I took my husband to the bus stop, there was no bus in sight, so I agreed to drive…

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What can I do today that can be generous? Can I be generous to others, to myself, giving time, resources, patience, understanding? I don’t come from a generous family, and I am aware of the need to break the negative family pattern. My parents were not generous with their children, and in turn my siblings…

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