Spiritual Practice for January - Thanksgiving Examen

"Energy follows attention...wherever you focus your attention is where the energy of your body, mind and spirit goes." - Louis M. Savary

This month we will be practicing the Thanksgiving Examen.  Each day (I prefer to review the day before I go to sleep)  you are invited to look at all the things that happened during the day for which you are thankful. As Louis M. Savary explains in his book The New Spiritual Exercises: "if you focus on the giving and receiving of love, your thinking will change for the better. If you focus on thinking good thoughts, your heart will grow more love."

You can mentally review your day, or you can journal about what you are thankful for. You may even do this simply at the dinner table with your family, talking about what happened during the day that you are thankful for. If you'd like a more in-depth explanation of the Examen, contact Naomi.  


November is Journal Writing Month

Every November my son participates in  national novel writing month, it is a challenge and many people participate on-line. So this month, I'm challenging you, and myself to journaling every day - or as many days as you can. As in any practice, it is important to be gentle with yourself.

What do you write in a journal? Well it's up to you, you can talk about the weather, you can write out letters to people who are no longer with us, but who we wish we could talk to, you can write out your prayers.

“Write to yourself about your life path. What do you know about where you are coming from and where you are going?” - Life’s Companion by Christina Baldwin 

“We learn to live consciously through becoming aware of inner and outer events as they are happening. Building a conscious self means becoming increasingly aware of inner evens, bodily events and interpersonal needs. A conscious self is able to experience in full awareness all the distinctly different components of the self, including feelings, needs, drivers and values. A conscious self lives consciously."- Gershen Kaufman/Lev Raphael, The Dynamics of Power

September is Blessings Month

You may think that a blessing is something you get at the end of a church service, or in the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures where we read of the many times that people receive blessings from God or from others. Or you may know that you say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. This month we will be reflecting on the blessings of the earth. 

    Star attended an organic farming conference, and was in a workshop that talked about blessings as they walked around a garden, and then I met new friend and colleague who reminded me of Jan L. Richardson who writes about blessings. She says:  “An ancient literary form, a blessing is a distinctive constellation of words designed to call upon and convey God’s deepest desire for our wholeness and well-being, both individually and in community.” Richardson, Jan. Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons (Kindle Locations 108-109). Wanton Gospeller Press. Kindle Edition. 

    So this month our spiritual practice is blessing. I will post some by Richardson, and John O’Donahue and then you are invited to write some and send them in. 

    “…a blessing is a channel of the Divine, a profound means of grace that has the capacity to open our eyes so that we might recognize and receive the help of the One who created us in love and whose deepest desire for us is that we be whole.” Richardson, Jan. Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons (Kindle Locations 118-119). Wanton Gospeller Press. Kindle Edition. 

    If you don’t have Facebook and would like this practice emailed to you, please contact me. 


August is Herb Month

There are many herbs growing in our gardens. This is a picture of the infamous chocolate mint. The many herbs in our garden have a lot to offer besides spicing up our food. Just sitting among the herbs can bring peace and calm, or energy and joy. What are your favorite herbs? On Facebook this month we will be talking about herbs. Send in your favorites.