1198. When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive-to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~Marcus Aurelius

Sacred Touches

Every morning, when we wake up,
we have twenty-four brand new hours to live.
What a precious gift!
We have the capacity to live in a way
that these twenty-four hours will bring
peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even,
the miserable and the crotchety –
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light –
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
~Mary Oliver

The path of the righteous is like…

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let there be peace…

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Dancing through my head…

The Harlem Boys Choir

We turn to you, O God of every nation;

Giver of life and origin of good;

Your love is at the heart of all creation,

Your hurt is people’s broken brotherhood.

We turn to you that we may be forgiven

For crucifying Christ on earth again.

We know that we have never wholly striven,

Forgetting self, to love the other man.

Free every heart from pride and self-reliance,

Our ways of thought inspire with simple grace;

Break down among us barriers of defiance,

Speak to the soul of all the human race.

Teach us, good Lord, to serve the need of  others,

Help us to give and not to count the cost.

Unite us all for we are born as brothers;

Defeat our Babel with your Pentecost.

(Hymn from The Liturgy of The Hours)

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“Lord, you established peace within the borders of…

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Peace from Panic

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I’m not a daring person. It isn’t easy for me to try new things and stretch out of my comfort zone. But when I do, I’m glad I made the effort. I often need a gentle nudge (or hard push) from my husband or daughters.

I don’t mean climb Mount Everest or jump out of an airplane. I’m sure I’ll never do those things. What I’m talking about is participating in activities that make me uncomfortable and even anxious, but deep inside, I know they’d be good for me. Like go to a party where I don’t know many people, submit an article to a publisher and not be afraid of rejection, or try a new skill.

I love to hike in the mountains. I’m happiest when there’s a wide, flat path. I don’t like precarious, steep, narrow walkways. I’m nervous to climb on rocks. There have been many times…

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