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Elephants Never Forget

And neither should I .  .  . 


God's Word. A love letter to my heart. A tool box for my hands. A shield for my mind. And a sword to use against the devil. What a gift.


Dance Moves (compliments of Porkchop Productions)

wave hands

"stir it up/washing machine"

clap

"raise the roof"

"water sprinkler"

twist

"mash potato"

"Saturday Night Fever" disco

air guitar

floss

zombie

wash your hair


I wanted to thank everyone for your condolences in my mother's passing.  Your cards, calls, e-mails, thoughts, and prayers meant so very much during

this time.  My mama was a little Southern lady -- kind, fair, honest, smart, generous, hospitable.  She loved God, family, friends, little children, books, reading, writing poetry.  She was not a complicated person and the simplest of pleasures made her happy.  She never learned to drive.  She loved ice cream.  She liked shopping for little doodads.  She loved us five little Powers (and eventually six more, with the grandchildren) with an unbelievable love and she loved all the people we ever brought home to her.  She would have loved you, my friends.  Thank you all again.

Ruth Edwards, June 3, 2005


And when you breathe it is the Holy Spirit’s life that fills your lungs and heart with Jesus’ love for you.

Wow, to be loved by God all we have to do is breathe.

Jesus and His people love you as he made you.

Pastor Dan, July 19, 2012


Whenever you eat, whether as part of a festivity or because you are feeling sad or it's just time for lunch, take a few moments to sit and watch your breath.  Just breathe.  This will bring you into the present moment where you can then have a full experience of your food.  Seeing and smelling and feeling your food is also very nourishing!

Mira, January 16, 2013


What struck me first when reading this was something I often say to the kids in my classes.  We are already whole, already perfect.  We've been raised in a society that teaches us to strive for more, better, next.  But right now is all we have, and it is just what it is.  We can strive AND it's important to remember that what we need is already who we are, it's already a part of us.  So when you say not "there", I say you are "here"!  ;-)

Mira, January 16, 2013


Once you step off your mat after class, try to bring that Yogic attitude with you and draw upon it as you go through your day.  No need to get anxious if the traffic isn't moving as quickly as you like, or you are put on hold too long while on the phone...use that time to reflect on the "good stuff".  Times like this, the rubber of the Yoga mat meets the rubber of the road of life.

Deni, Edisto Beach Ocean "OM" Yoga

No Matter What by Debi Gliori

Small said, "But what about when we are dead and gone, will you love me then, does love go on?


Large held Small snug as they looked out at the night, at the moon in the dark and the stars shining bright.  "Small, look at the stars, how they shine and glow, some of the stars died a long time ago.  Still they shine in the evening skies, for you see, Small, love like starlight never dies .   .   ."  


Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: comfort and relieve your servants , and let your healing be known through those who minister to their needs, that they may be strengthened in this time of trial and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

 

- Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Prayer


"Your body is not your offering. It’s just a really amazing paintbrush which you can use to create your offering each day. Don’t curse your paintbrush. Don’t sit in a corner wishing you had a different paintbrush. You’re wasting time. You’ve got the one you got. Be grateful, because without it you’d have nothing with which to paint your life’s work. Your life’s work is the love you give and receive- and your body is the instrument you use to accept and offer love on your soul’s behalf.


Your body is not your masterpiece – your life is.

It is suggested to us a million times a day that our BODIES are PROJECTS. They aren’t. Our lives are. Our spirituality is. Our relationships are. Our work is."

Here's the Glennon Melton's complete post:

http://momastery.com/blog/2014/07/06/body-masterpiece/


"When it's time to end something, end well. Don't cower away. Let your ending be a strong statement of your solid character.” @LysaTerKeurst


Pastor Dan Bacon

Jul 7 (1 day ago)
to me

D,

Thanks for sending these. And thanks for doing this work of God with your whole body.

Peace,

pd


if you do the LITTLE THINGS like they're big things, God will do the BIG THINGS like they're little things.


Progress isn't linear. It's a spiral staircase-we find the same issues again&again-but we're stronger from the climb http://bit.ly/1JvSaS7

Progress is not linear. We don’t go from here to there and put things behind us. Progress is a spiral staircase and we just keep coming around to the same issues again and again. But every time we face the same demons: we do so with a higher consciousness and stronger muscles and heart from the climb. So we do a little better each go ’round.

Here’s what’s gonna happen: I’m just gonna keep showing up all jacked up. Some years I’ll look too skinny and some years I’ll be a little bigger and sometimes I’ll look exhausted and depleted and sometimes I’ll look AMAZING. Who freaking knows. I can’t let what I look like keep me from showing up. I’m never going to have it all figured out. I’m showing up anyway. Because: look what happens when jacked up, nervous, imperfect people show up anyway: MAGIC HAPPENS.

- See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2015/08/26/just-show-up/#sthash.d2qHBDcl.1BB7Y2Ap.dpuf


Real people doing real life.  ~PHMS parent


Every child has his "currency." ~PHES parent


First of all, it is hard to deal with people who are not open to things outside of their experience. However, when people ask me I usually respond that yoga has no specific dogma and it makes no claims about salvation. The ultimate goal of the eight limbs is samadhi which is unbroken communion with the object of contemplation but nowhere does it identify the object. That's why I think it is a great spiritual discipline. As far as gods I often use them in class because they demonstrate certain desirable traits and lessons. Ironically no one complains when we use Greco/Roman mythology. I hope this helps, but we are in South Carolina and there is a lot of fear and anxiety.  ~Pastor Doug, 3/23/16


For me, when I talk about yoga, there's all kinds of tools we can use when talking to God.  We can use a rosary, dancing, a labyrinth.  Some people pray when they run.  Praying during yoga, which is designed for meditation, is just perfect in my book.  It's what I do.  Similarly, any medium can be used for evil as well.  But to categorically say yoga is not Christian would be a sad thing, indeed.  ~Pastor Gary, 3/16/16


"Real stuff that could actually harm me doesn't bother me"

~student during an individual counseling session, May 25, 2016


“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~Maya Angelou


Mary Kate was recognized as the SC Mother of the Year in 2008. When asked to write her legacy in 20 words or less, Mary Kate wrote, “Love the Lord and all His children. Count your blessings and be thankful. Do your best and never give up.” She believed that each child is a gift from God, that the most important thing a mother can give her child is her time, and that faith and education can never be taken away from children.  


Mary Kate always gave God the glory and praise for anything she did on this earth. She will be remembered for her radiant smile, her persistent optimism, her devotion to family and her dedication to God’s service. Mary Kate always thought of others first and delighted in bringing joy to all those around her. ~June 27, 2019


Ocean Om Yoga, July 6, 2019:
Dear Yoga friends,

Sometimes I feel as though I need to remind y'all of this:  The yoga pose is not the goal.  Becoming flexible is not the goal.  Standing on your hands or getting into a challenging asana is not the goal.

The goal is to create space where you were once stuck.  To peel back the layers of protection that you have built around your heart.  To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and that noise, Monkey Chatter, that it creates.  To make peace with who you are.  The goal is to love your "self."

Please join me on the mat to FEEL, not to accomplish.  Shift your focus and your heart will grow.
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