Tag Archive for ‘meditation’

Video Check-in (Confessions, Meditations, Words, Words, Words)

MotherJana is going all wild in this joint, expanding through Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. She’s just spreading her motherly wizardly vibes around this weird world, seeing what makes her and others happy. If you missed Friday’s confessional, click below to learn more about the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (hidden, now revealed, like the gooey chocolate center of Christianity!), why church rules don’t often work, and topics like yoga, finding your […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Should You Be Empty?

A lot of meditation teachers talk about the practice of “emptying” yourself when you sit down to pray. A word about prayer vs. meditation. These two are pretty much the same. Prayer tends to be something we do with words, while we think of meditation as silence. But I’ve done some meditation in kundalini yoga that requires repeating a mantra out loud over and over again (like Catholics do with […]

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Identity Is Not Fixed

“I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end, nor do I really know myself.” –Thomas Merton, Christian contemplative “It is who we become that transforms the world, not what we do.” –Sandra Ingerman, Shaman, teacher, writer My yoga teacher recently told me, “I wake up every morning a different person.” “Me too!” […]

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A Prescription for Love (and Freedom)

When I did yoga teacher training several years ago, we learned about the different phases along what is known the eight-fold path. First we had to understand the underlying foundational principles of yoga, including “yamas” and “niyamas.” These were like the 10 commandments of being a yogi, and the principles lined up with those of major religions, such as acting with nonviolence in all things, and being truthful. Within a […]

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The Escape Room

I am an escaper. I have spent my life trying to figure out ways to escape when things get hard, when my emotions are heightened. If something appears in my life that feels difficult and overwhelming, my automatic response is to try to run away. Ever wonder why running is such a popular exercise? For a long time, I escaped through books, novels, especially. I didn’t like things about my […]

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