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Sacred Self-Care

Share Sometimes the unhealthiest people are the ones who spend most of their waking hours taking care of other people. The author of this book is a longtime professor of clinical psychology and a more recent member of the Christian clergy. She is also a Black woman who specializes in working with other people of color, showing them the importance of caring for themselves. Self-care is a spiritual discipline, she makes clear in her introduction, adding eloquently: “We are not spirits that are simply housed in bodies. We are our bodies. There can...

Autumn: Reflections on the Season

Share (For our southern hemisphere friends, here are ways to celebrate Spring.) The autumn equinox marks the arrival of the season of fall, traditionally seen as a period of changes leading to the dark of winter. In Holidays and Holy Nights, Christopher Hill points out that for Christians who observe the liturgical year, autumn is actually the beginning of the cycle. In an excerpt, he suggests that "the dynamics of the fall of the year have the sweep of a great symphony or an epic poem." That may explain why so many poets have reflected on this...

Curveball

Share Phyllis Tickle and other scholars of religion have theorized that every 500 years, there is a great upheaval within Christianity. Luminaries like Brian McLaren have tried to map the whys and hows of navigating an upheaval, noting that we are currently in the midst of one. However, how much does this historical understanding actually impact the devout churchgoer, or the doubter who has stopped going? Curveball by Peter Enns speaks to both of these audiences and more, as it addresses what to do when experience challenges faith. Enns, who is...

What I Saw as a Child

Share Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning. When I was a child I thought of the world around meAs a m...

The Land of Regret

Share Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning. I have visited the land of regret more than onceBut have ...

Little To Say

Share Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning. My ancestors valued silence.That is the room where the mi...

Go Wild

Share Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning. Go wild once in a while.Go rogue.Do something outrageous ...

Note To a Spiritual Skeptic

Share Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning. I am asking you to join me on this journeyNot because I w...

International Day of Peace


Share The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. In 2002, September 21 was designated as the permanent date for this observance. It has become a worldwide movement to create a global ceasefire and a day of peace and nonviolence. In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate "to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as w...

Grandpa's Window

Share Grandpa's Window tells a story of love bolstered and loss softened by a child's drawings and paintings. Daria's grandpa is ill in a hospital where the windows — except for his — face dull, gray buildings. He has a seashore view, from which he can see "waves crashing, families swimming, kites flying." He and Daria even see a rainbow, and when Daria asks him whether they will look for the pot of gold at the rainbow's end when he gets better, he answers, "Right, sweetie." Only he isn't getting better, as illustrator Udayana Lugo gently shows...

Jim Henson and the Muppets


Share The Muppet Show premiered in the U.S. on September 20, 1976. This family-friendly creation of puppeteer Henson still brings laughter, wonder, and joy to kids of all ages. James (Jim) Maurey Henson was born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1936. His maternal grandmother was a quilter, needleworker, and painter who encouraged his burgeoning creativity. While he was still in high school and already skilled in cartooning, Henson started performing with his puppets on a morning television show in Washington, DC. He created Kermit from the sleeve ...

12 Minute Meditation: A Loving-Kindness Practice to Anchor in Compassion

When I was asked what kind of mindfulness practice I’d like to offer to young people, the very first thing that came up for me was the practice of loving-kindness. Other ways of putting it is the practice of unconditional friendliness or the practice of being kind to oneself and all other beings. Through my own experience working with thousands of young people, my sense of the cultural Western conditioning is to be really hard on ourselves. We often try to achieve perfection which gives us really high expectations. Then, when we fall below thes...

The Asking

Share The Heart as Origami “Each one has its shape.For love, two sleeping ducks.For selfless courage, the war horse.For fear of death, the daylily’s one-day flower.More and more creased each year, worn paper thin,and still it longs for them all.Not one of the lives of this world the heart does not choose.”

The Asking

Share We review very few books of poetry here, but we could not let this one go without making mention of it. Jane Hirshfield is one of our favorites and known to many of you. We gave one of her earlier poetry collections, Given Sugar, Given Salt, one of our “Book of the Year” awards. Hirshfield is also a translator, an editor of inspired poetry compilations, and the acclaimed author of two collections of essays on the deep spiritual work that poetry can do in the world and in a life. One of her essay collections that we reviewed a quarter of a...

If You are a Seeker

Share Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning. Sometimes on the spiritual pathIt is more fun to walk bes...

Dag Hammarskjold Day

Share Dag Hammarskjold (1905 - 1961) was born into an influential Swedish family; his father was a former prime minister. He studied law and economics after which he was offered the post of Swedish ambassador to the United Nations. Hammarskjold then was elected Secretary General, an honored but difficult role he played for eight years. On September 18, 1961, he died in a plane crash in central Africa. Praise came from around the world for his wisdom, devotion to duty, and his relentless search for peace in a time when nuclear war seemed on the ...

Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen


Share Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most gifted spiritual teachers of all time. An abbess and founder of a Benedictine religious community; a composer, playwright, poet and artist; an herbalist and pharmacist; and a sensitive recipient of God-sent visions with insights about the Bible and the natural world, she encourages all people to experience the juiciness of life. As days grow short and trees drop their leaves, what better time to appreciate our inner juiciness. And to help you tap into it, we offer you a vibrant collection of Hildega...

12 Minute Meditation: Check in With Your Whole Self

Adobe Stock/ Wayhome Studio Based on research and self-reporting from many sixth and seventh grade students, there’s a lack of motivation and self-esteem in the classroom due to poor relationships and motivation from teachers, their peers, and their environments. This practice is one that I do with my students to help us check in with our minds, our bodies, our hearts, our energy, and our emotions. You may want to do this practice during transitional periods throughout the day like in the morning or bedtime, at the beginning or end of classes, ...

12 Minute Meditation: A Guided Walking Meditation to Notice the Beauty Around Us—Even in the City

Adobe Stock/ okrasiuk In the hustle and bustle of city life, it’s not often we slow down and take in all there is to experience. Even in urban areas, if you pay attention, you can hear the call of a bird, notice your favorite color in shop windows, and look up at the vast sky above. In this guided meditation, we slow our roll and take in the beauty of our surroundings, no matter where we find ourselves. A Guided Walking Meditation to Notice the Beauty Around Us—Even in the City with Kazumi Igus Let’s start with taking three deep breaths. As we ...

Prayer and Laughter

Share Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning. Sometimes I laugh when I pray. I hope you do too. So ofte...

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Yoga is a practice for everyone because it meets you exactly where you are in the present moment. From beginner students to advanced yogis and everything in between, Tao of Light Yoga welcomes everybody at all levels of their journey. There is a place for everyone inside our studio and it is our goal to make each and every student feel at home. It is your time on your mat that is important to us. We, at Tao of Light, will create a space that provides modern comfort for an ancient practice. As both a yoga studio and a sangha, we honor the tradition of the practice while respecting the diversity and individual beliefs of our students.

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