A moment of wonder

As I walked out onto our front porch this morning, my gaze was drawn to the Russian Olive tree that stands a little distance from our house on a small hill. A robin was singing at the top of this tree. It’s a rather scrawny tree in a way but birds love to sing at the end of a small branch that lances vertically upward above its peers toward the sky.

As I listened to this robin singing from his favorite perch I was overwhelmed by the wonder of the moment. The green verbiage of the tree shining in the sun. The deep blue of the Colorado sky. And the sweet notes of this solitary bird singing its heart out whether anyone was listening or not.

The world is in chaos wherever we look. People are killing each other right, left and center. It is easy to become so wrapped up in the suffering and pain that we forget the simple wonder of the moment. We think that Heaven is somewhere far away, if indeed it exists at all. But Heaven is closer than we could ever imagine. It is our true nature. It is love, and in its own good time it will have its way.

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Thoughts from Heaven (1)

A thought about thoughts What to do with those negative thoughts that grab hold of you sometimes when you’re not looking and do their best to ruin your day or even your life? Some try to ignore them. Some try to change them. But really, who cares? You are an angel of light sent from […]

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It’s time to be free

It’s time to be free. You don’t have to disguise yourself any more. I don’t have to disguise myself any more. Turns out a great secret is in process of being revealed in this time of blood and chaos. We are being given the opportunity by a Universe of Love to acknowledge the truth that […]

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3 steps to your true purpose

It’s natural, as we age, to wonder at times if our life has had meaning. I had a touching letter from an older reader the other day in which she says, “I don’t seek honor or praise, but just that I left the world a tiny bit better than had I not existed. I don’t […]

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Listening to our own calm, steadfast spirit

We live in a time of great change. Confusion, conflict and fear seem to be on the increase everywhere. And yet paradoxically, something else is intensifying also – the call of our own calm, steadfast spirit, unchanged and unharmed by any of the events transpiring in us or around us. Whether we face adversity in […]

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Doing our best every day no matter what

I received such a touching letter this morning from a reader of my blog who has become a close friend in the past few months, and who recently was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. “My life expectancy is about five years,” my friend wrote, “which I intend to live fully and make it longer!” We […]

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Please read my guest post at Good Life Zen

I’m happy to announce that my good friend, Mary Jaksch, has just published a guest post that I submitted to her a week or so ago entitled “Can adversity be a door to a new life?” I put a lot of myself into this post and would be delighted and very thankful if you’d like […]

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Is death really the end of everything?

Is death really the end of everything? No, it’s not. It’s the end of our physical body, obviously. But it’s not the end of our spirit. How could spirit, which is ageless, ever have an end? Heck, it doesn’t have a beginning, as far as I can see. Many years ago, when I was a […]

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The healing power of a smile

“The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.”—Dale Carnegie The human smile has been a source of wonder and mystery for ages.  We are still fascinated by the smile – or the suggestion of a smile – on Mona Lisa’s face. A lot of […]

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Can cancer open a door to a new life?

Can cancer open a door to a new life? And can life keep getting better as we age? Absolutely. There will be dips in our journey, of course. But while aging has its perils and challenges just like any other phase of our lives, it also has a remarkable promise to offer – a promise […]

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Can we trust our first impressions?

It can be interesting, instructive, and fun, too, to keep an eye on our thoughts once in a while. Sometimes the antics of my mind make me laugh, they really do. They have no relationship to reality at all. For example, I was sitting in one of my favorite chairs at the coffee shop this […]

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One man’s thoughts about death

Death. It’s something we don’t like to think about very much, let alone talk about, although it does seem to me that we are becoming more willing to consider this subject these days. This is a good thing, seeing that it is one of the two most significant events we will ever experience, birth being […]

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Does your life have meaning?

Does your life have meaning? Does my life have meaning? It’s a question worth asking ourselves every now and again, no matter what our age may be. For myself, I find a curious paradox in play here. The older I get, the more apt I am to find meaning, joy, and fulfillment in a very […]

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Our body is our best friend

Our body is our best friend. Let us listen to it. Be kind to it. Take care of it. Whatever our age, and whatever our circumstances, our bodies are always doing their best, and they are doing their best now in these challenging times. I’ve been home for two months now following surgery for colon […]

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Thank God for “baby steps”

  Thank God for “baby steps.” As I mentioned in my previous post, I was diagnosed with colon cancer recently. I’ve been home from hospital for just over a month, and it has been a difficult, stressful time, without a doubt. The trick seems to be not to try to do too much, or you’ll be […]

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