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Peace on Earth Reflections

As I sit here to write a reflection to share about Peace on Earth, thoughts begin to swirl yet my fingers are frozen, unable to begin to take those thoughts swirling above my head and pluck them out, one at a time, into a practical order and begin to type to take you through the first in-person event since January 2020.    The FIRST in-person event since January 2020… no [...]

Peace on Earth

Hope & Heart. That was the name of the very first event I ever hosted when I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training back in 2018.    It was a Christmas Holy Yoga Experience and it combined all my favourite aspects of what I had been learning through yoga teacher training into one experience. I looked into venues to host (which, at the time, the workshop business was seemingly booming [...]

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

The holiday season feels like such a beautiful time of year.   People seem full of cheer and perhaps offer a smile and a well wishing of ‘happy holidays’ when they greet you, twinkle lights sparkle on trees through windows of homes and drape elegantly where the light feels warm and inviting, and the spirit of love and joy are the common thread that connect movie marathons, gatherings with friends [...]

Transformative Ways to Engage with the Biblical Narrative (in my experience… lately)

You open up your physical bible or a bible app. Start reading a passage someone recommended, maybe the verse of the day, or a chunk on your reading plan. You complete your reading. Another day checked off the list. You close your bible.   And, with a hint of perhaps guilt, or maybe a sense of disappointment or let down, you think to yourself, ‘that’s it? Shouldn’t I be getting [...]

Soul Nourishing Practice: Prayer of Repetition

“Prayer of Repetition is like a seasoned fisherman who knows he can go back time and time again to a good fishing hole and find fish. The spot never seems to empty of good fish, and he gets a new one every time.”   …I mean, I don’t eat fish, but I can appreciate the sentiment. Perhaps, we swap out fishing holes with a strawberry, tomato, or cucumber plant in [...]

What I’ve Been Reading Lately – Spring/Summer 2022

Does anyone know where the phrase ‘bookworm’ comes from? I looked it up. It’s kinda gross.   “The origin of the idiom “bookworm” probably originated as a somewhat derogatory term for a person who studied or read more than was usual. Bugs such as silverfish, book lice, and linoleum beetles were referred to as bookworms because they inhabited books; thus the idiom.”   I’ve been in the habit of looking [...]

Holy Curiosity

There’s a phrase I was introduced to during spiritual direction training that I’ve come to love.  ‘Holy curiosity’.   “Holy curiosity is about getting curious about what’s around you, assuming you know nothing, and allowing everything to be able to teach you something if you linger long enough.”   I saw a post by Morgan Harper Nichols (here) with a magnifying glass that said ‘there is so much for me [...]

Lessons from a Month of Seeking Magic: Part 3

This blog is part 3 of a 3 part series on Lessons from a Month of Seeking Magic. Haven’t read part 1? Check it out here. Need to read part 2? Check it out here.   “September has begun and now that I’ve completed a month of seeking magic, it feels like the most natural thing to ask when I step outside, ‘God, what feels like magic?’. I don’t add [...]

Lessons from a Month of Seeking Magic: Part 2

This blog is part 2 of a 3 part series on Lessons from a Month of Seeking Magic. Haven’t read part 1? Check it out here.   ““Seeking magic daily taught me the importance of getting OUT of my little bubble of house and into the world. It taught me that glow and glimmer are real things (more on that in part 2). It taught me that magic doesn’t always [...]

Lessons from a Month of Seeking Magic: Part 1

This blog is part 1 of a 3 part series on Lessons from a Month of Seeking Magic.   At the beginning of August I shared a poem on Instagram…   In the caption I shared how I felt like I had been craving magic in my life, how I spoke with my spiritual director about it, and how I had experienced the feeling of being torn between contentment and [...]