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After Christmas

Christmas is over. I am wearing a new sweater, and, despite all the chocolate and pie and mashed potatoes I ate, I can still squeeze into my jeans. And, despite the pandemic, there was love and hope and peace on Christmas day. May that love and hope and peace linger with all of us into […]

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Little things bring peace

Christmas lights in my yard, Christmas cards almost ready to be mailed, a Christmas tree ready to be decorated. Christmas is many small things that bring joy, and also many big things—like hope and love—and all of them bring peace. “Little things seem like nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers that individually […]

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Deep peace of hope and love

Peace of the running waves to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the shades of night to you. Moon and stars always giving light to you. Deep peace of hope and love to […]

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Inner peace

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace,” the Dalai Lama once said. Hold tight to your inner peace during the next stressful, exciting, crazy week.

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Over the mountains

“Over all the mountain tops is peace.”  –Goethe Wishing you peace and hope this week.

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Look into nature

I am feeling anxious about the elections and the pandemic, but I always feel more peaceful after my morning walk—especially when the weather turns cooler and the leaves turn yellow and orange and red. As Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” –Joy

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is to let go of our hope for a different past, write Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “It is what it is, and such acceptance leads to great freedom.”

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Love and wisdom and compassion

In 1968, after the death of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy told the nation: “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness.” What we need, Kennedy said, is “love and wisdom […]

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Drink and be whole

Poetry helps me when I feel stressed or anxious. Recently—I can’t remember where or when—I heard someone quoting Robert Frost. “Here are your waters and your watering place. Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.” I like the message. What makes me feel less stressed and less anxious? A poem. A walk. A phone conversation […]

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Peace and hope

Let there be peace and hope and joy at Easter-time.

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