Monthly Archives: July 2016

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“Mistakes”

“Mistakes are our best teachers”

being erased (3)I do not know where the idea came from, but for years I believed I should know everything. I also believed everyone else did know everything. I have come to recognize how both of these perspectives are a lie.

The need to know everything, to be perfect, to never make mistakes has touched many of our lives. However, if we would take time to look backwards, we might discover our greatest gifts came out of our mistakes. This is certainly true if we have learned from our mistakes. For many of us there seems to be a formula that the bigger the mistake – the bigger the learning.

The good news is that God will, if we let Him, turn every mistake we make into something good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Romans 8:28heart with hands (2)

May we see and accept the gracious love of God when we make mistakes and may we let God help us to turn our mistakes into life giving lessons.

Mindfulness & Meditation

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These are the kind of days where unwinding our nervous system to remove some of the overload is very important so give yourself a brain break.   Author M. Kahn shares this brief method for a quick pick me up.

Close your eyes, follow your breathing, notice if your breaths are shallow or deep into your core.  To move from shallow breathing, breathe in through your nose while you imagine smelling your favorite fragrance.  When we like a certain scent it automatically slows our breath so we can take in more of that scent.  As you are imagining your favorite scent and your breath is at its natural peak pause for just a moment before letting the breath out through your mouth.  Repeat this breathing pattern for 3- 5 minutes.

“By breathing in through your nostrils, you welcome in the delicious fragrance of your divinity, holding the breath for a moment to savor the magnificence of life and then letting it out as blessings of compassion, joy, and ease for one and all.” (M. Kahn)  Your brain break becomes a blessing for you and for all those around you.