Maya Angelou, an excerpt from “A Brave and Startling Truth”

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet Whose hands can strike with such abandon That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness That the haughty neck is happy to bow And the proud back is glad to bend Out ofContinue reading “Maya Angelou, an excerpt from “A Brave and Startling Truth””

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Profound words on a tough subject. It’s worth a read.

Wisdom from a death doula. Expected Death ~ When someone dies, the first thing to do is nothing. Don’t run out and call the nurse. Don’t pick up the phone. Take a deep breath and be present to the magnitude of the moment. There’s a grace to being at the bedside of someone you loveContinue reading “Profound words on a tough subject. It’s worth a read.”

Music as Spirituality

Music has always been a major spiritual resource for me. I learned piano, I taught myself guitar, I sang with my sister at family gatherings, and once with my aunt in a pub in Ireland, and I have always been in a choir, that is until covid. I loved all the different kinds of music,Continue reading “Music as Spirituality”

Thought for the Day-Religion vs. Spirituality

“Religion is for people who are scared of hell; Spirituality is for people who have been there.” As a hospital worker in 2021 you have seen hell. You may have felt you were living in it some days. But you have survived. This may not be the time to question God or your religious affiliationContinue reading “Thought for the Day-Religion vs. Spirituality”

Buddhist Wisdom from a Catholic Priest

Fr. Richard Rohr reflects on a Buddhist teaching – being present to the present. “The presence of God is infinite, everywhere, always, and forever. You cannot not be in the presence of God. There’s no other place to be. The only change is always on our side—God is present, but we’re not present to Presence.Continue reading “Buddhist Wisdom from a Catholic Priest”

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.Such striving may seem admirable,but it is a way of foolishness.Help them instead to find the wonderand the marvel of an ordinary life.Show them the joy of tastingtomatoes, apples, and pears.Show them how to crywhen pets and people die.Show them the infinite pleasurein the touch ofContinue reading “Make the Ordinary Come Alive”