Self-Care For Fall

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Self-Care for Fall: Get with the times Self-care time, y’all. Now that it’s fall how are you doing? If you’re like me there was the brief Pumpkin-Spice euphoria that summer is over, and then it hit you that fall is just as nuts. Between school, and work projects, and the trees that won’t stop dropping leaves …

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Halloween Spirituality: Confronting our Dark Side

What We Hide From We cannot talk about the Halloween spirituality without talking about death. But first, a question: when was the last time you and your friends (or family) talked about death? Not in the abstract (war, violence, disease), but the specific. I’m talking about actually discussing your own deaths: the single inevitable in …

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Connecting with Nature Spiritually: Mark the Seasons In Your Life

Golden fall leaves backlit

Living by Nature’s Rhythm Connecting with nature spirituality is a growing desire among modern humans. And there is no better place to start than the rhythm of the seasons. There is something absolutely magical about the natural rhythm of the changing of the seasons. I grew up in Michigan, where we joked that there are …

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Nature Bathing: Soak in Beauty

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Nature, beauty, holiness. If you’ve ever spent a long, cold winter night in the wilderness huddled into your sleeping bag for warmth you probably understand why ancient people’s worshiped the sun. Those first, glorious warm rays of light breaking the horizon are like salvation washing over your shivering body, it doesn’t matter that the winter …

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Photo Friday: Wisdom

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Wisdom. Meet Zulu, a twenty year old Boer horse (native to South Africa). Zulu has learned wisdom. He has literally tangled with a rhino, and he learned from his experience I can tell you. We don’t often value wisdom enough. We see scars, and grey hairs, and a steady step and we think boring, or ugly, or old.

But wisdom is earned in the struggle, it does not come without scars and grey hairs and a few aches and pains as reminders of past adventures. Youth and exuberance can accomplish much but wisdom can do much, much more if we’re willing to listen. Wisdom can heal, guide, and enlighten. Who are the wise sages in your life, what gifts do they have for you?

Friday Photos are weekly prompts intended to invite you into reflection or action. Each week’s theme is reflected in the image(s) provided. Be playful though and use these images for your own meditation, journaling, or other reflection as you see fit. The prompts are simply a guide, a jumping off point if you will. There are no rules.

Photo Friday: Warts and All

do what scares you

Who’s having a warthog sort of week? There’s something about the African warthog. They’re ugly that’s for sure. But the babies have a weird, ugly sort of cuteness about that that is hard to deny. The older ones though are rough, motley looking critters with big tusks, wiry hair in all the wrong places (and not enough of it) and beady, suspicious little eyes.

Until they move. And then. Well I love them. Their tails go straight up in the air like a old fashioned car radio antenna with the end flopping around every which way. They run all in a line, tails waving like signals and there’s nothing to do watching them take off into the bush but smile. It’s true of many things that are ugly when we’re in the midst of them but have something more perhaps to share in hindsight as they leave us behind, tails waving and pointing the way to? Well who knows what awaits us around the bend.

Friday Photos are weekly prompts intended to invite you into reflection or action. Each week’s theme is reflected in the image(s) provided. Be playful though and use these images for your own meditation, journaling, or other reflection as you see fit. The prompts are simply a guide, a jumping off point if you will. There are no rules.

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