Category Archives: Encouragement

Bank on Love

Have you hugged your banker today? I didn’t literally hug mine, but I did tell him that I loved him (in so many words).

Many of you know we’re doing a program in our Center. I’ve invited our congregation to give 40 gifts in 40 days. Through this practice, we challenge notions of scarcity and recognize we always have something to give. I’ve asked people to give past their comfort zones; for as we give beyond our comfort level, we reveal ways we limit our experience of Infinite Good.

I discovered after about 20 gifts, I was getting pretty good at releasing objects and money…. I went deeper and asked God how I could stretch in the practice.   God summoned me to look at my relationships….

”Uh-oh,” I said.

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Outrunning The Shadow – from Darkness to Light

When our Vizsla Bartok was about a year old, I took him to the beach to play with some dog friends – Buddy a Dalmatian and Norma a Rottweiler.   The three of them leapt in the surf like ponies, play-nipping at each other, darting back and forth through the crashing waves. At one point, a flock of Pelicans dropped into regal formation, surging above the shoreline like an Air Force. Bartok raced after the Pelicans, chasing their shadows against the packed wet sand. He ran so fast, he was soon past the birds. He outran the Pelicans. Bartok ran out of shadow.   He stopped, bewildered, cocking his head to one side as if to ask, “Shouldn’t I have someone to chase?”

The memory of his puzzled look inspires me. Because I hope to run past my shadow.

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