Gratefulness: What are you grateful for?

A dear friend of mine contacted me awhile back just to share her experience with gratefulness. She has made a practice of going to bed at night, as she puts it, ” Being grateful for my family, friends and the sacrifice of animals that feed me.” Sometimes she goes a step further than gratitude toward asking the universe for assistance with one matter or another. She doesn’t expect that ‘ it ‘ will come in the exact form she asked for but remains open to whatever appears....more

A Little Daily Food For the Soul

I've begun reading the Tao Te Ching (Barnes & Noble Classics edition) which houses the central tenets of Taoism.  Legend has it, when Lao Tzu (meaning "Old Master") decided to leave his native territory (on a water buffalo no less), he was stopped by the gate guard and asked to write down his teachings.  The result was the Tao Te Ching.  There is so much legend swirling around the legendary Tao master, including a story that his mother carried him in her womb until he was 72; he came out an old man, replete with white hair.  Taoism, as I've learned from my limited re...more

Finding spirit in a school field

Just steps away from the front door of our house in Richmond, British Columbia there is a giant grass field surrounded by trees that have grown tall and dense over the decades. The field is situated between an elementary and high school and is used extensively by students playing soccer or the American variety of football. ...more

No Apologies - Just an ARRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

I stopped myself at the last minute. I was going to start this post with the usual apology for being absent for a few days. But you know what? No. I need to stop apologizing for myself all the time. For not being available to everybody 24/7. For having a messy house. For being 20 pounds overweight. I'm a pretty cool chick for crying out loud, and just like everyone else on the planet, I am not perfect, nor do I want to be....more

Contest Giveaway - Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid - Albert Schweitzer

Yesterday, I heard a sermon that was both a challenge and yet naive.  The theme was simple.  Real power is getting behind.  Getting behind another to help them take a step ahead. Numerous examples were given from Mother Teresa to Father Damien. In closing, the preacher uttered an Albert Schweitzer quote…Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.   ...more

Honouring my roots

“For everything flowers, from within, of self blessing; though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness.” – Galway Kinnel...more

THREE Jesus' Spiritual Laws: "Blessed are the [humble] ..."

THREE  You Will Inherit the EarthBlessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.Wait on the Lord.If you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. —1 Corinthians 10:12.Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil's reach as humility.  —Jonathan Edwards.To be, in faith, both humble and proud: that is, to live, to know that in God I am nothing, but that God is in me.   —Dag Hammarskjold, Markings....more

It's a girl thing.

So, I'm extremely annoyed at a reasonably well-known person this week....more

DAY FIVE: Seven Days of Wisdom for Mothers

Historian Caroline Walker Bynum has observed in her book Holy Feast and Holy Fast that “women’s symbols express contradiction and opposition less than synthesis and paradox” (1988, p. 289). There is in feminine sensibility a movement toward union rather than disengagement....more

Loving, or Right? Loving AND Right?

There’s a new book floating around Evangelical circles, Rob Bell’s Love Wins. The gist of this book is that maybe it’s not all about theological correctness and saying "the prayer" before you die so you can escape hell and get into heaven. Maybe God is love. Maybe love wins. As you can imagine, people who are concerned about hell are concerned about this message. They don’t want people to burn for eternity. They want to know what is right and wrong, and they want to you to know it too. Because damn it, the consequences are dire. It's nice, really, given that world view. They just want to keep you safe. ...more

It sounds like Bell brings up a lot to think about...

Great post.

Grace Hwang ...more