Authentic Participation, by Susan Beyler

Authentic Participation, by Susan Beyler

Even as a young person, I had the desire to participate in a relationship with what-ever-it-was that I am part of, but is bigger than me.   I touched this experience in the church I was raised in, but I reached adulthood with few life skills to have it be useful. 

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Spiritual Challenge for 2017, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Spiritual Challenge for 2017, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

A very wise student of mine asked a wonderful Kabbalistic question:  When is ”not-making” doing nothing?  And when is it doing something?

Jason Shulman describes not making in this manner.

“Not-making is that condition in which things are simply what they are and we are not making a “secondary something” out of primary experience.  We engage with reality directly."

- Jason Shulman
Kabbalistic Healing

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Awareness, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Awareness, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Before my mother died she said to me; “I wish you could stop trying to fix yourself!  Why can’t you just be more like me?!”

I have a dining room cupboard filled with dishes and china from relatives who have long since died.  I never fully thought about whose they were because my younger sister remembered it all.
She died six years ago.
 

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Off the Grid, by Susan Beyler

Off the Grid, by Susan Beyler

I’ve been ‘off the grid’ for almost 4 weeks.  I was blessed to have my out-of-state daughter and grandchildren stay with me for almost a month. 

They’re gone now and the house is still – not just quiet, but still.  There is no wind from children moving through and it is such a different sound.

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Life Force, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Life Force, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

It seems much of my life has been filled with meaningless activity.  In my younger years, without much of me to operate with, I tried to please as I was hoping for value and purpose.  I worked at jobs I hated, tried to stay in struggling relationships for the “sake of the children”, and was mediocre at parenting.

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Lenten Tradition, by Stephanie Shockley, MA

Lenten Tradition, by Stephanie Shockley, MA

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season in the christian faith. During the 40 days ending on Easter Sunday, we are asked to reflect upon our relationship with God by fasting or sacrificing something important in our lives. In the past, I have chosen to give up food or drink I love and this year I am deleting social media from all my electronic devices. In addition, I am adding an act of service to my daily routine in the hopes of enhancing the life of someone in need who makes sacrifices every day.

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