In his wonderful book Openings, Rev. Larry Peacock tells the story of a traveler to Ireland, who while driving along the small country roads became lost. She stopped her car and asked an elderly gentleman on the road “Do you know the way to Kildare?“ The old man bent down, looked in the window at the traveler, and in a thick Irish accent said “Do you have the time to go the beauty way?”
Do you take the time to go the beauty way? To stop, see the miracles along your path, enjoy the beauty before you?
Sometimes, the need to get to our destination will simply prevent us from gathering the wisdom and beauty from the journey. Don’t bypass the wonders of your day, the gifts you are given, by rushing past them, worrying about what is to come and what you need to get done. Slow down, breathe, smile, look around in gratitude. You’ll be amazed at how this simple practice will transform your day!
What do you do to slow down and see the everyday miracles in your world? To treasure those around you, notice the small moments that might otherwise escape your attention. Do you have any practices or habits that work for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Read Rev. Melanie’s blog article related to this topic:
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Well, we’ve been at The Open Mind Center about a month now and are really enjoying playing with the space to find the best layout for our services. Here are a few more photos of our journey so far in the new building. There’s not much better than the looks of joy and connection present in almost every photo. We truly are a blessed community.
Rev. Sydney Magill-Lindquist
During Reverend Sydney’s talk last Sunday, she told the story of a perfect storm that hit her life three years ago as several personal tragedies crashed down upon her simultaneously. She spoke very beautifully about journeying through her dark night of the soul and how the experience changed her life.As she shared her own story of struggle, release, and healing; she also shared this poignant excerpt from Carolyn Myss‘ book, Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason.
“The “death and rebirth” archetype visits us all in small ways but sometimes it gathers momentum and sweeps through our life with great intensity, bringing several endings simultaneously; perhaps too many at once. In times like that, we may choose to cooperate with the cycle of death instead of the cycle of life, in which case we enter into the forces that lead us to our death. Conversely, we may choose to re-engage with the life cycle, to re-evaluate the purpose and meaning of our life and renew a commitment to living in a way free from the destructive patterns that have led us into this cycle. Such is the power of choice and the essence of the mystical cycle of death and rebirth.”
Thank you, Reverend Sydney, for being so vulnerable and for sharing your story.
New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss draws from her years as a medical intuitive to show that healing is not only physical; it is also a mystical phenomenon that transcends reason. Inspired by ordinary people who overcame a wide array of physical and psychological ailments from rheumatoi...
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We are loving our new space at The Open Mind Center. It’s cozy and comfortable, and a perfect location to continue our One World gatherings. Now, we begin the process of settling in to the new rooms and making it our new community home. With gratitude and thanksgiving we celebrate the opportunity to come together in this place; and we hold the intention of joyful expectancy as we prepare for the next chapter in the unfolding of our community. Spirit is good.
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