Black Lives Matter! What should I do? – Join Me Online on Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. (EDT)
Black Lives Matter! Not, “White Lives Matter,” or “All Lives Matter.” Make no mistake – unless you are a person of color, there is no way you or I could ever know the experience of being black in America. Sure, I experienced sexism and discrimination as a woman pastor as an Air Force chaplain – both overtly and often quite subtly – but my experience could never compare to that of my colleagues of color. Racism has been and continues to be a tragedy of our American experiment.
As I have watched and read the news of the past few weeks – the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, the protests across our country, the President’s uncensored words – I am saddened, enraged, and, especially during this time of COVID-19, I feel helpless. I worry about my neighbors’ health as they gather. Never in my 50+ decades of life have I wanted so badly to join the protesters and lend my voice and my indignation – to somehow help to make things better.
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“Just sit there and do nothing!” This was Mom’s stern directive when she made my sister and I sit on separate chairs in the living room when she was fed up with our picking at each other. It certainly wasn’t a invitation! We often heard instead: “Get busy!” “Keep moving!” “Hurry up!” “Quit daydreaming!” Action, productivity, forward motion, work ethic. “Don’t you want to MAKE something of yourself?” The invitation,“just sit there” might seem counter cultural because it ISN’T about doing. And this is exactly the point! Continue reading “Take Your Seat – A Practical Guide to Beginning and Sustaining a Mindfulness Meditation Practice, Part 2”
Where do I begin? How do I start a meditation practice? Where do I find the time? These are some of the questions I get when I lead a mindfulness meditation group. Without being outright snarky, the easiest answer is, just begin! Sharing from my own personal experience, here are a few guidelines to begin and sustain a meaningful mindfulness meditation practice. Continue reading “Begin – A Practical Guide to Beginning and Sustaining a Mindfulness Meditation Practice, Part 1”