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There are many ways to pray and calm the mind.

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Finding What You Didn't Lose

by John Fox

​When someone deeply listens to you

it is like holding out a dented cup

you've had since childhood

and watching it fill up with

cold, fresh water.

When it balances on top of the brim,

you are understood.

When it overflows and touches your skin,

you are loved.

When someone deeply listens to you,

the room where you stay

start a new life

and the place where you wrote

your first poem

begins to glow in your mind's eye.

It is as if gold has been discovered!

When someone deeply listens to you,

your bare feet are on the earth

and a beloved land that seemed distant

is now at home within you.


by Christine Valters Paintner

Even as the subway car hurtles

into the tunnel and calendars heave

under growing weight of entries,

even under the familiar lament

for more hours to do

a bell rings somewhere

and a man lays down

his hammer, as if to say

the world can build without me,

a woman sets down

her pen as if to say,

the world will carry on

without my words.

The project left undone,

dust on the shelves,

dishes crusted with morning

egg, the vase of drooping

flowers, and so much work

still to complete,

I journey across the long field

where trees cling to the edges

free to not do anything but

stand their ground,

where buttercups

and bluebells sway

and in this taste of paradise

where rest becomes luminous

and play a prayer of gratitude,

even the stones sing

of a different time,

where burden is lifted

​and eternity endures.

The earth is my sister; I love her daily grace, her silent daring, and how loved I am, how we admire this strength in each other, all that we have lost, all that we have suffered, all that we know: we are stunned by this beauty, and I do not forget: what she is to me, what I am to her.

Susan Griffin, Woman and Nature

from: Sacred Circles by Robin Deen Carnes and Sally Craig

Instructions by Sheri Hostetler

Give up the world; give up self; finally give up God.

Find God in rhododendrons and rocks,

passers-by, your cat.

Pare your beliefs, your Absolutes.

Make it simple; make it clean.

No carry-on luggage allowed.

Examine all you have

with a loving and critical eye, then

throw away some more.

Repeat. Repeat.

Keep this and only this:

     what your heart beats loudly for

     what feels heavy and full in your gut.

There will only be one or two

things you will keep,

and they will fit lightly

in your pocket.

Poetry of Presence by Phyllis Cole-Dai & Ruby R. Wilson

The risen, living Christ

Calls me by my name;

Comes to the loneliness within me;

Heals that which is wounded in me;

Comforts that which grieves in me;

Seeks for that which is lost within me;

Releases me from that which has dominion over me;

Cleanses me of that which does not belong to me;

Renews that which feels drained within me;

Awakens that which is asleep in me;

Names that which is formless within me;

Empowers that which is newborn within me;

Consecrates and guides that which is strong within me;

Restores me to this world which needs me;

Reaches out in endless love to others through me.

                             Flora Slosson Wuellner

From:  Soul Weavings, Edited by Lyn Klug

Spiderplant by Terri L. Jewell

i watch you

push out earth

thick yellow anchors

shove unwilling babies

into air

along slim tendrils

bearing fruit

and flower

i choose a

golden barrenness

while full of seed

plant a prudent crop

libations to the south

dream my own acreage

of sacred ground

How each of nurtures, heals, and explor​es Soul will have impact on the vast cultural changes beginning to manifest. If we become more Soul-Conscious, we will become more powerful and effective as Lightbearers, as Warriors, as Wise Women and Wise Men of the 21st century.

Seena B. Frost, SoulCollage® Evolving

A Reading by Robert Fulghum

I first heard this reading at a Candlelight Carols Service at St. Paul's Church in Brookline, MA.  Now I keep it close as it's a beautiful testament to the light in all of us!

"When I was a small child"

When I was a small child, during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found the broken pieces of a mirror. A German motorcycle had been wrecked in that place. I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine---in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find.

I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child's game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light---truth, understanding, knowledge---is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.

I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world---into the black places in the hearts of me---and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.

May You Be At Peace - A Guided Meditation by Jill Seiler-Moon

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