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  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    If faith is a relationship, it is meant to reach not only toward the divine but also toward self and other. Faith must incline our hearts toward life and the way life hitches each of us to all of us. Faith must serve life over time in the widest sustainable sense, if it is to prove trustworthy. This is not the same as saying faith assures our safety. To the contrary, we each know countless stories of how faithful living can cause people to risk their own well-being or to put their lives at stake. What faithful living does assure us, if not personal security, is the survival of what gives our lives...
    Note: If faith is a relationship …
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    Of course, the beautiful thing about faith as a verb is that once we find home, faith helps us carry our home within, which is where any true sense of home must begin. When you find something so trustworthy that you are at home in the universe, journey and destination get a little intertwined. Home can be found in a much wider set of possibilities when carried within, and this is what makes it possible for people of different faiths to converse, to pray, or to worship with one another.
    Note: Carrying home in our pocket …
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    In a way, faith is about coming home to ourselves. Sufi poet Hafiz put it beautifully in his poem “No More Leaving”: At Some point Your relationship With God Will Become like this: . . . . . . . . . . . . God will climb into Your pocket. You will simply just take Yourself Along!
    Note: Coming home to ourselves …
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    Before you start writing, then, go ahead and send your inner critic out for a stroll. Release it, pack it a lunch if need be, send it off with best wishes. No need to worry it will roam too long or too far. I have yet to meet anyone whose critic has left forever. It will return when you need it—if not well before.
    Note: If I could give one piece of advice to my CTSM portfolio candidates (www.ctsm.com) it would be …
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    this writing practice is intended to take us to the threshold of awakening, opening our awareness to what the silence carries and to the vast world beyond our doorstep.
    Note: I am more open to possibilities when I write daily …
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    possible. AN INVITATION OF INCLUSION The word ellipsis traces back to the Greek elleipsis, meaning to “leave out,” and that is how this practice works—with words left out. In Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre writes about words as trailheads. In this practice, we begin with a word, such as one of the ten featured in Part 2 of this book (faith, prayer, sin, love, justice, hope, redemption, grace
    Note: Words matter …
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    about the world we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel. Then, as the ancient Chinese poets described the writer’s task, we lift our eyes. “[G]ood work / joins earth to heaven,” wrote Lu Chi almost
    Note: Thomas Merton always has something good to say …
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    to sailors who could see Venus in broad daylight and concluded that it was made possible by two things—the need to navigate vast waters by day, and a knowledge of the stars and planetary patterns that helped the early sailors know where to look. Speaking in the 1970s, Lévi-Strauss said, “Today we use less and we use more of our mental capacity than we did in the past,”4 suggesting that the demands of the twentieth century caused many people to develop their capacity for scientific and abstract thinking while losing some capacity for sensory perception. “[A]s scientific thinkers,” he...
    Note: Wow! i never understood how powerful new metaphors are…
  • Gail shared from Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering
    So we talk about spending our time, or we might say someone is wasting our time or that something will save us time. Is it worth your time, we might ask, or do you need to budget your time better? Lakoff and Johnson call these associations entailments, traits inferred or implied with a word’s usage often without our awareness.15 The entailments of
    Note: I love metaphors …
  • Gail shared from A Renewed Spirituality by Lynne M. Baab
    There is nothing as thrilling as being in the right place at the right time to help someone, and to know that we are there because we listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking into our daily lives.
    Note: Are you listening?…
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