August 27, 2018
Find tips and resources for self-care, material to assist you in providing pastoral care, and general information to help you in your practice of ministry. Information will be updated every two weeks concurrent with the East Ohio E-news. Archives Here ...
“When one is physically tired one goes to sleep. When one is emotionally tired one should wake up and move on.”
– Gladys, Gladys’ Café, St. Thomas, USVI
Contemplation is really the art of full relationship. It is learning how to relate to reality in an immediately appreciative and non-manipulative way. The contemplative mind does not demand, is not needy, and is not easily offended. It allows other things and people to have their own voices without trying to impose its own agenda on them. It takes a lifetime to [awaken to] this, it seems.
– Richard Rohr
Everyday Spirituality: Cultivating An Awakening
by Jim Tolles
Everyday Spirituality: Cultivating an Awakening is meant to help people bring spirituality more fully into their daily lives. For those interested in spiritual awakening, it can help them create a space for that opening, although nothing can make a spiritual awakening happen.
This book is full of down-to-earth tips and practical ways to be more mindful and loving in your life.
If you're just starting out, the ebook offers tips to build a spiritual path that works within the confines of your busy life.
If you need to heal, this book has a section that offers different ideas and practices to heal everything from your heart to your sexuality to your mind's constant chatter.
If you're ready to go deep, the Awaken section takes you further into yourself to amplify your energy and create space for deeper connection and potentially an opening into a profound experience.
For those already in a spiritual awakening, this can help to build a framework to understand your energy and what may be happening for you.
Above all else, this is a work that's meant to help you understand yourself and pull together a lot of the different spiritual traditions that are available into something meaningful in your life. Ultimately, we are all our own greatest teachers; this book helps you to discover your own inner teacher.
by James Tolles
Life inside the awakening is a whole other beast. Many people focus on the singular point of awakening, that amazing "Ah-ha!" moment. However, while that is a critical piece of the awakening process, so is the transition from unconsciousness to consciousness. The awakening ushers in a time of transition that is unsettled, unstable, and unique. It is a time of embracing new and amazing parts of you and then trying to crawl right back into bed. It is a time of expansion and contraction as you grow and then shrink back to the core issues that are still unresolved and holding you back.
Ultimately this process of ego dissolution is the path to spiritual freedom. In spiritual freedom, we are free of the ego and our primal instincts. We are free to truly be.
Waking Up All the Way
Being still and knowing God Is—Deep Listening
Enlightened Beings Share Their Awakening, Mystical Experiences
by Aurelio Yuga
In this video spiritual teachers / nonduality teachers from different traditions share their awakening experiences and enlightenment experiences in their own words.
Spritual Enrichment Groups
This year we would like to initiate a new format for our monthly spiritual enrichment groups beginning mid to late September.
As there is interest, we would be willing to have five groups this year. The sites for these groups would be: Ashland, Canton, Newcomerstown area, Solon and Vermilion. To make this feasible we would need at least 6 committed to participate in the monthly gatherings, but not more than 12 per group. The practice groups will be an hour in duration followed by a half hour fellowship.
Considering the conflict and lack of civility in our world, our communities, our churches, our families and within ourselves, the focus for the year will be: “Being Peace.” As Christians, we often hear, “if you want peace, work for justice.” But perhaps a better said, “if you want peace, be peace.” This seem to be very consistent with Jesus’ practice of going into a quiet place to spend time alone with Abba, and then emerging as an agent of transformation in the world.
The wisdom here is in order to be peace in action we need to find our center and listen for what God is calling us to. Otherwise, our actions risk being a manifestation of our ego and not Spirit led. So, as we reflect on our lives and ministry, issues experienced in our ministry settings, our families, our communities, our country and our world, we would do well to spend time listening to Spirit. Our group time together will be an opportunity to reflect on how we can be peace in order to nurture peace in our lives and the world. It is my hope that this brief encouragement of meeting once a month will be a support to your daily awareness and practice of being peace.
Please indicate your interest, including location preference, by email: email@example.com, or call the Office of Pastoral Care: 330-456-0486.
The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors, believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchler-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Joyce Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hollingsworth - email@example.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel Partington – lakehavenministries.com
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Topping - email@example.com
Laurie Tucker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Preventing Sleep Problems
by Neha Pathak, MD WebMD
In some cases, sleep problems are related to preventable health conditions, such as obesity. Addressing such conditions may help prevent sleep problems. For example, experts think that weight loss may help overweight people who have obstructive sleep apnea.
Other times, changing something about your lifestyle may prevent a sleep disorder from developing. Some sleep problems can be avoided by practicing good sleep habits, called sleep hygiene.
Don't take naps during the day, if you can help it. The extra rest may make you less sleepy at night.
Get regular exercise, though some experts suggest allowing at least 3-4 hours before you try to sleep. A gentle practice, like restorative yoga, may be better before bedtime.
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants, which help keep your body alert. Alcohol can interfere with sleep quality and leave you waking in the night. Avoid these, especially late in the day. And don't eat a late, heavy meal either.
Follow a routine to help you relax and wind down before sleep, such as reading a book, listening to music, or taking a bath. Try to go to sleep at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.
Make the room comfortable and inviting for sleep. It should be dark, quiet, and not too warm or too cold (cooler is better than warmer). If you can't shut out or block light, try a sleeping mask. Use earplugs, a fan, or a "white noise" machine to cover up bothersome sounds.
Looking at screens that give off light before bed, such as phones or reading devices ("e-books"), can make it harder to fall asleep.
Avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep or sex.
If you're lying awake worrying about things, try making a to-do list or journaling. This may help you to put those nagging thoughts away overnight.
When you don't feel drowsy or can't fall asleep, get up and out of bed. Read or do something that's quiet and restful until you feel sleepy.
Schisandra and Ashwagandha: The Key to ZZs
by Kalia Kelmenson
(This article is offered in the spirit of John Wesley, the herbalist.)
These herbs can help you reclaim a good night's sleep as well as address issues of inflammation, adrenal fatigue, detox the liver, arthritis, asthma, and stress among others.
For a little over a year, I battled major sleep issues. I would fall asleep easily, but around 1:30 or 2 a.m. I would bolt awake, tossing and turning for hours before falling back asleep. This disruptive sleep wreaked havoc on my emotions, my weight, and my life. Desperate for relief, I found an acupuncturist who was known for her herbal concoctions. After a few months of treatment, along with nightly intake of the tincture, I finally was able to break the cycle and sleep through the night again.
This experience has given me so much compassion for those who don’t sleep well, and it has renewed my faith in the ability of herbal medicine to get to the root of what is causing issues, and support our body in healing. Part of what is so special about a particular group of medicinal herbs called adaptogens is their ability to support essential health and resilience. Herbalist Agatha Noveille explores this group in her book The Complete Guide to Adaptogens.
Noveille describes adaptogens as “plants with revitalizing or restorative properties” and acknowledges that they have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. As a general description, adaptogens are nontoxic, able to “increase resistance to multiple stressors” and “normalize physiological responses despite prior stress-related changes in the body.” She suggests that since adaptogens are most effective when take consistently, it’s best to use one type for a couple of months and then reassess where you are with your health and your health goals.
Schisandra, is often referred to as “five flavor” fruit, because when you keep a dried berry in your mouth, you can find all five flavors represented in different parts of the fruit. It is generally known for its calming properties, though Noveille describes “besides being calming and helping to relieve anxiety, it also enhances reflexes and concentration.” Additionally, schisandra is “used traditionally for dream-disturbed sleep.” In her recipe for Midnight Milk, Noveille pairs schisandra with ashwagandha, which is known to help with anxiety, insomnia and fatigue.
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