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November 9, 2015 Edition
Let’s Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer
by Rev. Linda McDermott, First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
While November marks a celebration of thanksgiving in the U.S., finding time to thank God is part of our daily discipline as United Methodists. This video meditation features a shortened version of a prayer of thanksgiving.
You are encouraged to share or download this video to use in Sunday School classes, before or during worship, or with your friends and family.
Inner Authority--Carl Jung
by Richard Rohr
I think Carl Jung is one of the best friends of religion in the past century, yet most Christians have either ignored him or criticized him. Jung says, for example, "The main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neurosis, but instead with an approach to the numinous [Transcendent God experience]. The approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to numinous experience, you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character!"
By examining his own depths, Jung was able to find an inner authority that he could trust, a voice larger than his own--and yet it was his own voice too. Jung sought to bring back balance to the Church's over-reliance upon external authority--Scripture for Protestants, popes and priests for Catholics. Rather than top-down, outside-in religion, . . . He wanted us to recognize that there are numinous voices in our deepest depths. Jung believed that if one did not have deep contact with one's in-depth self, one could not know God. I would add that knowing a loving God gives you full freedom to love and accept every part of yourself. If one does not allow the Whole-Making Image ("God") to freely operate, one finds it almost impossible to totally know, accept, and forgive oneself.
Powerful Inspiration for Facing Difficult Emotions
Tara Brach, On the Healing Power of Deliberate Practice
Our survival brain has hundreds of strategies for resisting emotional pain. We’re not good at getting out of our thoughts. We refuse to stay with the painful places within us and don’t want to be with unpleasantness. We busy ourselves, distract ourselves, dissociating, or judge ourselves to avoid what is painful. But according to Tara Brach, clinical psychologist and renowned teacher of Buddism, resisting pain only increases our suffering. Pain + Resistance = Suffering.
She advocates another way—actually engaging what’s emotionally painful—a process she calls cultivating deliberate practice.
And in this quick video, she talks about the great benefits—personally and professionally—this practice yields.
Faith: The Courage to Live into Whatever Comes Next
14 Affirmations for Experiencing Gratitude Everyday|
by Bess O’conner
Here are some gratitude affirmations to make your day just that much better.
Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent
by Richard Rohr
"Advent is not about a sentimental waiting for the Baby Jesus," Richard Rohr asserts. Advent is a time to focus our expectations and anticipation on “the adult Christ, the Cosmic Christ,” who challenges us to empty ourselves, to lose ourselves, to surrender.
Richard Rohr’s Scriptural reflections for Advent are the perfect preparation for the Christmas season. This beautiful redesign provides daily reflections for the Advent season, along with each day's Scripture readings and questions for reflection.
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Seven Tips for Falling Asleep
by Jason Ong, Sleep Psychologist at Rush University Medical Center
Remember: Each night is a new night. Be open and try something different! What you have been doing to this point is probably not working well.
Sleep is a process that cannot be forced but instead, should be allowed to unfold. Putting more effort into sleeping longer or better is counterproductive.
Attachment to sleep or your ideal sleep needs usually leads to worry about the consequences of sleeplessness. This is counterproductive and inconsistent with the natural process of letting go of the day to allow sleep to come.
It is easy to automatically judge the state of being awake as negative and aversive, especially if you do not sleep well for several nights. However, this negative energy can interfere with the process of sleep. One’s relationship to sleep can be a fruitful subject of meditation.
Recognizing and accepting your current state is an important first step in choosing how to respond. If you can accept that you are not in a state of sleepiness and sleep is not likely to come soon, why not get out of bed? Many people who have trouble sleeping avoid getting out of bed. Unfortunately, spending long periods of time awake in bed might condition you to being awake in bed.
Trust your sleep system and let it work for you! Trust that your mind and body can self regulate and self correct for sleep loss. Knowing that short consolidated sleep often feels more satisfying than longer fragmented sleep can help you develop trust in your sleep system. Also, sleep debt can promote good sleep as long as it is not associated with increased effort to sleep.
Be patient! It’s unlikely that both the quality and quantity of your sleep will be optimal right away.
Do Dishes, Rake Leaves (Plus 10 Tips for a Mindful Home)
by Karen Maezen Miller
WAKE WITH THE SUN
There is no purer light than what we see when we open our eyes first thing in the morning.
Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.
MAKE YOUR BED
The state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day in dignity.
EMPTY THE HAMPERS
Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.
WASH YOUR BOWL
Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.
SET A TIMER
If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s undone, set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery, devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand before the bell rings.
RAKE THE LEAVES
Rake, weed, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.
EAT WHEN HUNGRY
Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.
LET THE DARKNESS COME
Set a curfew on the internet and TV and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.
SLEEP WHEN TIRED
Nothing more to it.
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