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Vision Board

At a work-related retreat, I created this vision board. My vision is to live in abundance. For me, abundance is about quality, not necessarily quantity. I lumped health, finances, work, and the external issues of living under the label Physical. The other labels deal with my internal world. Surprisingly, I just noticed that I do not have a label for Creativity. I think this may be because my creative activity threads through all this areas. I have my board placed where I can see it first thing when I wake up, so I can chart my day towards this Vision.

Ljgloyd 2018

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Spirituality Can Be a Hoot

I love TedX talks.   In these videos I learn a lot from some smart people about amazing topics.   I particularly resonated to this talk by actress Katie Rubin about her spiritual connection to the Divine.  Yes, we can talk about spiritual things and laugh at the same time.  Enjoy:


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Shinrin-Yoku, the Practice of Forest-Bathing

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “tree-hugger.”  You know that type of person I mean:  those folks who seem to get a high whenever they go hiking in the woods, those nature lovers who sit and meditate in groves of trees. We should not laugh. These people have long known what hard science is now saying is true:  that spending time in a natural setting with lots of trees reduces stress and acts as a preventative to some diseases.  The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku, or “Forest Bathing”.  This therapeutic practice was developed in Japan in the 1980’s and is now trending elsewhere. The list of health benefits is impressive.

I live in an arid area where it takes hours to drive to anywhere with a forest.  So I am making due with finding local botanical gardens and parks with a few big trees.  Yesterday, for example, I walked down to a city park near my home, found a bench, activated a meditation app on my device, and did some mindful breathing in the shade of several giant sycamores and stone pines.  Call me a tree-hugger if you must, but I think I’m on to something good here and I intend to keep it up.

 

ljgloyd (c) 2018

 

 

 


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Independence Day

It is Independence Day and I am in a  bookstore, writing and reading, in celebration of the free exchange of ideas and words.   I do this in honor of writers, journalists, commentators and all creatives, and in defiance of those in power who would rather shut us down.

Happy Fourth, America!


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“If Women Waited for the Invitation, Women Still Wouldn’t Have the Right to Vote”

When women reach a certain age, we are expected to step back, melt into the wallpaper, and be invisible. We might be tempted to do just that since the odds to succeed in voicing ourselves and making a difference in this world sometimes seems to be stacked against us.

Not necessarily so. We have to work for it, true, but it is not an insurmountable feat.

Watch this Ted Talk and be encouraged.


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A Repost– “We Will Not Cooperate”

This statement from christian activist Shane Claiborne so moved me that I am reposting it here (per his permission below).

 


“Here is my full statement regarding our arrest at the White House today. Feel free to quote or repost.

WE WILL NOT COOPERATE by Shane Claiborne

Jesus came to us as a refugee, as a child fleeing with his family to Egypt to escape the violent reign of King Herod. It was this Jesus who said in the Gospel of Matthew: “When you welcome the stranger you welcome me, when you do not welcome the stranger you do not welcome me… For whatever you do to the least of these you, you do unto me.”

America is in trouble. When we rip families apart and put people in cages, we are doing it unto Christ. Christ suffers with those who suffer.

This is why we take action today to stand against the policies of this administration and its distorted theology of America First. That is why we stand today against our contemporary King Herod who is terrorizing children and families who have already been terrorized enough.

We stand against any policies that harm widows and orphans and the most vulnerable among us… because we know that God’s word says this in the book of James: “True religion that God honors as pure and faultless is this… to care for widows and orphans in their distress and to keep ourselves from being corrupted by the world.”

If your religion does not include caring for widows and orphans, and keeping families together… do not call it Christianity.

A love for the people of our own country is a good thing, but love doesn’t stop at borders. Jesus has called us to love beyond borders… beyond our own family or nation or tribe.

Mother Teresa once said: “So often the problem is simply this – that we make the circle we put around our family too small.” God’s love is big. America First is too small. I can no more imagine Jesus saying America First as I can imagine him saying Rome First. Jesus never said “America First” but he did say “The last shall be first.” The Bible does not say “For God so loved America…” It says, “For God so loved the world.” We are to love as big as God loves. And God’s love is higher, and deeper, and broader, and fiercer than we can ever imagine. No wall can hold it back, and no border can confine it… and no jail can lock it up.

The Bible promises that perfect love casteth out fear. And we can see today in America that fear casteth out love. When fear rather than love is compelling our policies, we are all in trouble. We can see throughout history that when policies are driven by fear instead of love we do terrible things to God’s children. So we are here today to say that we will choose love over fear.

And we will not be silent in an age of injustice… in this reign of terror of our contemporary Herod. All that is needed for this current evil to triumph is for good people to stay silent.

Brother Gandhi was right when he said: “Noncooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.” I am proud to stand with other faith leaders today who are here to say — we will not cooperate. We will not cooperate with a government that separates mothers from their babies and makes children sleep on cement floors. We will not cooperate with a government that puts immigrant families in cages, and bans Muslims from entering our country. And we invite you to stand up and say with us: I will not cooperate with this administration that is turning the Beattitudes on their head and contradicting nearly every word of the Sermon on the Mount.

We will not cooperate with evil.”


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The Best Mentors I Ever Had

When I think of a mentor, I think of Yoda. You know, he’s the shriveled gnome-like creature who tried to teach Luke Skywalker the ways of the Force. More realistically, mentors are often teachers, relatives, or friends who see something teachable in a person and reach out to lead that person on a path of excellence in a specific skill, talent or knowledge.

I wish I could say that there was one such person in my life: that one special person who took me under wing to teach me that one…thing.  The fact is that there were many:  Those teachers who taught me to read and write and then later to critically think and learn the tools of research.    There were those spiritual teachers who taught me to walk in a just and upright way.  There are the people who are concerned with my physical and emotional health.  Thank God for them. There were those practical teachers who taught me how to use a computer, cook a meal, and take command of an office.   Then there are the men and women with whom I drum.

My mentors are not limited to those I know.  There are all those teachers and mentors from history’s pages.  I never understood why I had to study the Greek philosophers while a college student.   Now I do.  I love to read biographies.  Learning how a notable person navigated life has given me insight in to how I conduct my own.  Hundreds of writers, artists, and musicians, both alive and not, have influenced my creative expressions.

For a polymath, one mentor  would never have been enough.

 

ljg 2018