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Editor’s Desk: Creating Synchronicities

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 4 minutes
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Even though I’m sheltering in place, there is no lack of opportunity to continue to be involved in many activities of interest. I belong to several anti-racism groups that meet regularly on zoom, I listen to podcasts and specials on TV (as well as some favorite programming series), I meet…

Editor’s Desk: HOPE, IN SPITE OF THE EVIDENCE

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
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I’m having to turn this “Editor’s Desk” piece in prior to the conclusion of voting in the 2020 election. If you are like me you’re sitting on pins and needles and feeling quite anxious about it. Nevertheless, life goes on outside the election. Thus, here are my thoughts for the…

Editor’s Desk: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 4 minutes
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When I first heard the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had died, I went into a depression. My normal optimism had fled and left me with feelings of despair. During this time, I was preparing for an interview with Hersch Wilson who is a 30-year veteran volunteer…

Editor’s Desk: Be Optimistically Curious

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
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  Several years ago, I joined with two friends in a 10-week spiritual practice which consisted of ten life-revealing questions. I’ve listed these Questions to Contemplate for you at the bottom of the post. We started with one question each week: We would meditate on it, journal about it, and…

Editor’s Desk: The Joy of Living In The Question

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
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It was Joseph Campbell from whom I first heard this Rilke quote: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers,…

Editor’s Desk: Descent into the Cave of Regret

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
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  My heart is aching and tears are forming in my eyes as I watch a family joyously having a squirt gun fight in a scene in the TV series Council of Dads. I pause to check in with my body trying to understand what triggered my tears. Was it…

Editor’s Desk: Encounter With A Horse In A Bar

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 5 minutes
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    As I steered the car into my designated parking spot in my apartment complex, my cell phone rang. My whole body was smiling as the name Anne Palenske, my dear childhood friend, flashed on my dashboard screen. We don’t talk often, however, when we do speak our conversations…

Editor’s Desk: Mother-Work: God Is Like A Mother Hen

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
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My dear Circle Sister, Ann Smith, wrote this essay several years ago and I feel it is appropriate for us now as we approach and celebrate Mother’s Day. Along with me, she is a Millionth Circle Convener as well as the Regional Coordinator of the Southwest Florida chapter of Gather…

Editor’s Desk: Thoughts on Staying Calm and Centered

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
  Even if I limit my check-in with the news, a barrage of reporting creeps into my life through invisible corridors. It seeps under my doorsill and through the open window. It resides in my heart as a low-grade anxiety. I feel it impacting the way I’m responding to others…

Editor’s Desk: THE WAYS OF COMPUTERS ARE PERFECT AND MUST NOT BE QUESTIONED

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
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In a recent interview, meditation teacher Tara Brach led me through a guided meditation to help me work on a particular issue that often triggers a negative reaction on my part. I get triggered when technology is not working causing me to make a phone call to try to get…
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