MADISYN TAYLOR suggests bringing ritual into your daily life

MADISYN TAYLOR says, “People are busy, distracted, late and stressed out.”  Her antidote is to Bring Ritual into Your Life.

  • Rituals for starting your day
  • Beauty and self-care rituals
  • Meditation and journaling rituals
  • Rituals to infuse into your daily routines and responsibilities
  • Family time, dinner and bedtime rituals
  • Bringing rituals into the garden and time spent outdoors
  • Rituals for cleaning and clearing
  • Tea time
  • Seasonal rituals

Review these suggestions and develop your very own personal approach to restore and enhance YOU.  Develop your own rituals and bring magic and meaning into your life.

According to Madisyn, “Having rituals in you life will enhance your experience of life.

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Is Trump Dumb or What? How could such an incompetent man become President?

How could such an incompetent man become President?

Are we headed for the same demise as the Roman Empire.  Pay attention.

Trump has instructed us that Andrew Jackson was angry about the Civil War that began 16 years after Jackson’s death.

Chelsea Clinton corrected him on that egregious error.

Trump’s solution to the Middle Eastern terrorism, ““I would bomb the s— out of them. . . . I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.”

As a candidate, Trump did not know what the nuclear triad is.

As president-elect, Trump did not know the pedigree and importance of the one-China policy.  He lacks what T.S. Eliot called a sense “not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence.

“That makes me smart.” –Donald Trump, responding to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that he pays no federal income tax (Sept.26, 2016)

“When Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.” –Donald Trump, threatening to go to war with Iran over rude hand gestures, Pensacola, Florida, (Sept. 9, 2016)

“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” –Donald Trump, on receiving a Purple Heart as a gift from a retired lieutenant colonel and supporter (August 2, 2016)

From Homeless to Award-Winning Girl Boss

You will love this story from allure.com

How Nadya Okamoto Went from Homeless to Award-Winning Girl Boss.

“Last year, now-19-year-old Nadya Okamoto was a Women of Worth honoree, L’Oréal Paris’s annual philanthropic program that chooses ten women to receive a grant of up to $35,000 for their contributions to the world. The Portland, Oregon-native founded non-profit organization Period (it was then called Camions of Care), which provides feminine-hygiene products to the homeless. It’s close to Okamoto’s heart since when she was 15 years old she was homeless with her family. During her two hour commute to school, she spoke to many homeless women who faced difficulty when menstruating, and we’re too embarrassed to ask for help. This led to Okamoto starting Period, and so far she’s helped more than 78,000 people. She does all this while at the same time attending Harvard College. Feel lazy, yet?”

“Founder @nadyaokamoto has been busy engaging with new audiences about our #menstrualmovement — and we are just getting started. Please reach out if you or anyone you know might be interested in getting involved with our #periodmovement as a chapter leader or volunteer. Thank you!”

A big CONGRATS to Nadya.

 

“A Survivalist Guide for Living with the Trump Presidency”

Many of us are finding it difficult to make sense and survive under the T. Presidency.

Dr. Scott Colglazier, senior minister of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, recognized this perpetual state of crisis among his congregational family and across the nation.  “A Survivalist Guide”

A Survivalist Guide for Living with the Trump Presidency

“A Survivalist Guide”

Survival Rule Number One: I’m going to refuse to live with pessimism about my life for the next four years. There is still so much goodness in the world, and not only goodness, but beauty and truth and joy. I’m not going to allow anyone in the Oval Office (Democrat or Republican) to wreck that for me, and nor should you. Life is a gift, and one way we save the world is by enjoying the world.

Survival Rule Number Two: I’m going to keep standing up for human dignity, love and respect. I’m not going to be shrill about it. I’m not going to be the guy to shout the loudest. I’m simply going to keep reminding myself and others that the essence of my faith is love for God and love for neighbor, and love means respect, justice and fairness. We cannot stop standing up for one another. And we especially cannot stop standing up for those who cannot stand at all.

Survival Rule Number Three: I don’t have the capacity to save the world. I can, however, reach out to friends and family with goodness and compassion. I can make the world a better place in ways that are real and personal. Besides, we only save the world one person, one human gesture at a time. Jesus once defined faith as giving someone a cup of cold water. This is something I can do. It’s something you can do too In this challenging time, treating one another with a little extra gentleness is an essential thing.

Survival Rule Number Four: I’m going to move closer to my friends and my community of faith in the upcoming days, and we’re going to talk about what we need to talk about in order to get through these seismic changes happening in America. We need one another right now. We need to talk (and vent) and remind one another that we are not alone. We need to listen to one another. We need something more than another Breaking News report on television. News is fine; but we need community to help us absorb it and process it.

Survival Rule Number Five: As the country seems to become more and more shallow, I’m going to move more deeply into my humanity with greater attention and feeling. I’m going to start a love affair with poetry again. I’m going to read more books. I’m going to take more time with the arts. I’m going to pay attention to my feelings, dreams and intuitions. I’m going to spend more time in the temple of my soul, not as a way of escaping reality, but as a way of finding a deeper sense of it.

Survival Rule Number Six: I want to follow the path of wisdom that suggests — being here now / being present with what is / sitting with the true reality — is always a way of insight. Escapism doesn’t work. Activism is critically important, to be sure, but something must be added to it. We have to discover the philosopher’s stone. America is where it is, and historians will eventually sort out how we got here, but to be present with the reality of our times is not a defeatist concession, but a courageous embrace of life.

Survival Rule Number Seven: I’m going to pray / meditate / send good thoughts toward the President. This is not easy, but it’s the right thing to do. When we pray for someone who sees the world differently from us, or in the words of Jesus, when we “pray for our enemies,” the world is mysteriously changed. And the world changes because we change. Maybe some of us are not ready for that today. Fine. But I think its part of the spiritual survivalist package that we need. Besides, when we pray for the “other,” we’re acknowledging that we too need guidance, and that kind of humility is essential.

Dr. Rev. Scott Colglazier