Special Video Meditation: Monday Blues

This is a river. The proud and scrappy Contoocook, flowing north when all the others flow south. This river falls under the influence of Grand Monadnock itself. The river is high right now. The river rushes on. It just keeps going, right where it's supposed to.     Imagine if you could do that. Imagine … Continue reading Special Video Meditation: Monday Blues

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Meditation for Imbolc

Even as all things are now in motion, As we confront before us a darkness, a chaos, a sorrow, Rejoice and worship, for the divine spark is still everywhere! Hold fast to the light from the spark, go into it, And proceed forward - believe it or not, you'll make it. The beginnings of things … Continue reading Meditation for Imbolc

Meditation for a Decent Week

Alone by the banks of the half-frozen river Deep into the night Crouching down in the snow: Spirit of the slumbering winter forest - Slumbering, yes, but not dead. Never dead. Deep breath River flows cold, but there's a fire within - You can tell, can't you? Smile. Even winter gifts us with good weeks … Continue reading Meditation for a Decent Week

Obstacles: Monday’s Prayer

 A simple prayer:As we begin this week,May we meet any obstacles encountered before us on our paths with both strength and humility.May we know when not to rush head-on into conflict; grant us the wisdom to know the proper time for pause, retreat, and preparation.Grant us, as well, the confidence and awareness to self-examine, self-indict, … Continue reading Obstacles: Monday’s Prayer

New Week, New Year, New Blessing

Happy new year, happy new moon, happy new week. As we approach the beginnings of things, Our days still short, nights still long, Weather still horrible for months to come, May we approach only after we take a deep breath, Only after we allow a moment of quiet, Only if we release the heaviness of … Continue reading New Week, New Year, New Blessing

Blessing for Monday Morning: Let’s Make it Good

As we start our week, a blessing: Here, this morning, in the midst of All There Is, Here, we pause to ponder. This week, we shall give our thanks -  And may we do so with sincerity and the force of the fullness of our hearts. Not only do we owe it, but we need … Continue reading Blessing for Monday Morning: Let’s Make it Good

Sometimes, the Tricks are so Simple That They Aren’t Even Tricks (Gear Up Mondays)

“Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” -Sun Tzu, … Continue reading Sometimes, the Tricks are so Simple That They Aren’t Even Tricks (Gear Up Mondays)

What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)

"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." --Sun Tzu, The Art of War It is often difficult for me to avoid considering strategy to be a choice between two competing philosophies: pacifism and militarism. To fight or not to fight. … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)

You are a Liar (Gear-Up Monday)

“All warfare is based on deception.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War I have always wondered why it’s considered taboo for a journalist or fellow politician to refer to any politician as a “liar.” In 2004, during the democratic primary debates, only Al Sharpton would directly address the issue of whether George W. Bush (George … Continue reading You are a Liar (Gear-Up Monday)

The Cost of War (Gear-Up Monday)

“There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War So we arrive on our very first “Gear-Up Monday” and we’ll take this … Continue reading The Cost of War (Gear-Up Monday)