My 10-step pledge to integrity

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM

One of the qualities I have always claimed to value is INTEGRITY. I have preached it to other people, criticized those who don’t seem to have it and demanded that everyone else operate with it. I have also complained bitterly about the lack of integrity in our society as a whole and cited many examples of the absence of this quality. Yet I have not really checked my own behavior to make sure that I always act with integrity or even that I deeply understand what that means.

When I ...

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A Blessing for Beauty by John O'Donohue

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Here is a beautiful prayer from the book Beauty - The Invisible Embrace by John O'Donohue:

A Blessing for Beauty

May the beauty of your life become more visible to you, that you may glimpse your wild divinity.

May the wonders of the earth call you forth from all your small, secret prisons and set your feet free in the pastures of...

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7 Lessons for surviving difficult times

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 7, 2012 at 7:00 AM

A friend of mine recently said to me, “Life is getting pretty scary here in the 21st century.” With multiple crises facing the citizens of Earth all at one time, including financial collapse, environmental degradation and political upheaval, being alive during this period of history certainly is challenging. Most people I know are dealing with some sort of hardship right now and sometimes find...

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How to pray - even if you're not religious

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Today is the National Day of Prayer, when people of all faiths are asked to pray for the nation, and some groups are not comfortable with the fact that Congress has endorsed this observance. But that discomfort occurs because they associate the act of prayer with religion an...

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Spiritual Practice for the: Shadow from Spirituality and

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM

These practices for dealing with the Shadow are reprinted from Spirituality & Practice, a website founded by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.

Daily Cue, Reminder, Vow, Blessing 

  • Seeing my shadow on the street is a cue for me to pay attention to those parts of myself I don't like but that tag along a...
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Tips for starting a mindfulness meditation practice

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The benefits of meditation have been well-established over time through numerous scientific studies showing it is a helpful practice for stress reduction, lowering blood pressure, improving anxiety and depression, lessening pain, and increasing focus and concentration, along with enhancing feelings of well-being. In our hectic, ...

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Prayer for the higher self by Marianne Williamson

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Dear God,

In this one moment I recognize that there is within me a perfect Self:

A Self that is not dysfunctional;

A Self that is not weak but strong;

That is not limited, but unlmited;

That is not small, but huge;

That is not in pain but in peace;

That is not faithless and scared but all-kn...

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Can anybody meditate? by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from the book Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Hyperion Books i...

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Is it possible to be religious but not spiritual?

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

You’ve probably heard people lately claiming to be “spiritual but not religious.” About one third of Americans now label themselves this way, having rejected membership in a traditional religious institution in favor of pursuing their own personal spiritual relationship with God or the Divine or the Creator (or whatever term they prefer.)

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Easter Sunday: the resurrection of Hope in the present moment

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Easter Sunday is the quintessential day of Hope in the Christian tradition, when what has died rises again with new life and what has fallen apart can be reassembled in glorious, resplendent wholeness.

Hope represents fullness in the present moment, when possibility overflows and pure potential exists. Because this resurrection follows destruction and death, there is even more opportunity in th...

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