Hello, beautiful! And a course

Isn’t it amazing that when we stop and bring our minds to this exact moment of Now, suddenly we notice all the beauty around us? The lilacs are beginning to blossom, filling the space and the air with deliciousness. My azalea bushes burst into satiny reds this week, and the tulips are finishing up and…

Befriending what is

So I woke up this morning irritated. Irritated that I have poison ivy again. Irritated that it is too early in the season to even have poison ivy. Irritated that I have to spend time fussing with Benadryl and calamine lotion and steroid cream and bandages so my work clothes don’t stick to me. Yuck….

Forced mindfulness

This morning, the drive in to the hospital was an experience in forced mindfulness. The fog was so thick I couldn’t see more than 20-30 feet in front of me at any given time. This meant I couldn’t long anticipate the school busses headed my way; couldn’t look ahead for the middle-schoolers standing by the road; couldn’t…

Lingering with what provokes you

In addition to my work as the chaplain and bereavement coordinator at Hancock Regional Hospice, I am also the pastor of Noblesville First Friends Church, a welcoming and peaceful Quaker meeting. Friends have a tradition of what is known as “unprogrammed worship,” which is also called silent worship. This sitting together in silence and waiting for…

The energy of the moment

This morning as I was driving in to work, I was thinking of all the pain in the air around us…the upset and uncertainty, the outrage and the resistance. It is a difficult time for many in America–and in fact all over the world. How do we embody that? How can we bring a little…

Mindfulness says, “Go ahead and eat that cookie”

Good news! Researchers have found that being mindful actually increases the likelihood that you will be aware of your inner desires (mmmm…something sweet and crunchy) and act on them. That means you might go back for a second–or third–iced Christmas cookie if they look good and you’re hungry and you’re feeling kindly toward yourself. What’s…

Awake and hungry

In our fast-paced world, eating often becomes one of those things we do on the fly. We grab a sandwich on the way to the kids’ soccer practice. We carry yogurt out the door in the morning and eat it on the way to work. We may stand in the kitchen late at night, grazing…

The Tetris effect

I was looking for some new resources for our creative imagery group at the Sue Wortman Cancer Center and ran across the term “the Tetris effect.” Apparently this is a thing. Visualization teachers have suggested that because of the way in which the brain continues to play with Tetris stimuli (seeing colorful blocks sometimes falling along…

In the moment

Just now…the sound of the fan, the light on the desk, voices in the hallway, warmth, breath, peace. <whispered: hallelujah>  

In touch with our inner resources

I decided this morning that today would be a fasting day…partly because I ate a lot of junk yesterday and partly because I want to give my system a rest. When I do this (which isn’t very often), I find that I feel quieter than usual, with a sense of okayness about what I have…

A pillow of peace

You’ve probably noticed, if you are at all connected to social media or if you read the daily headlines, that the world seems to be operating at a fever pitch right now. There is so much to take in. So much to process. So many emotions to feel.

The depths of peace

I read a Thomas Merton quote this morning that I love:

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”

So it’s not when the lawn mower is fixed, or when that bill is paid, or when he finally calls, or when she says she’s sorry.