Recently I participated in a Zoom meditation class where the teacher talked about courage. She offered a definition that I hadn’t heard before. “Cour,” she said, comes from the French word for “heart,” and our English word “courage” has evolved from the idea of “claiming one’s heart.” Claiming one’s heart. I couldn’t find that definition in an online search. Instead, I found definitions like Merriam-Webster’s … Continue reading Taking courage
Have you ever felt fragmented? I’ve often used that word to describe myself … until now. It seems sheltering-in-place offers a path to a more whole-hearted way of living. Continue reading The simple math of a whole heart
An embarrassing indicator of lazy lawn maintenance? Something to be pulled or poisoned? Or a harbinger of picnics and frisbee matches, a source of nutritious greens, a reminder of childhood, when a dandelion held under your chin made your skin glow, betraying your “love of butter”? (Or was that just my family’s saying?) Perspective is everything. If I can decide to love or hate dandelions, … Continue reading What do you see?
Hitting the brakes on a busy life might not be pretty. But it is an opportunity to seek balance between busyness and retreat. Continue reading Maundy Thursday: learning to retreat
Letting you know that it really is OK to wear a mask. Everybody’s doing it. (Well, maybe 50 percent at my grocery stores.) Continue reading Mask report: You are not alone
It’s important to stay informed and take care of ourselves and our loved ones, but in the midst of it all, it helps to remember that God is the true source of peace. The story of Gideon. Continue reading Peace in the pandemic
If you suspect food sensitivities affect your child (or self … or other family member … ), our current sequestered state offers opportunities for exploration. Continue reading Cabin fever or a food sensitivity?
As we cocoon at home, adopting new habits and vocabularies, I’m struck by how the COVID-19 pandemic is making me feel more connected to everyone else on Earth. Continue reading Virus offers lesson in interconnectedness
I had just written about trying to slow life down when the email arrived saying school is cancelled for six weeks. It might as well have said, “Welcome to your new life.” Continue reading Navigating a new reality: corona closures