Author Archives: Gary

One Minute Zen

Need a respite from the busy-ness — even craziness — of your day? This One Minute Zen will take you to the side of a babbling brook, where you can be present, calm, and hopefully regain perspective about what’s truly important. Blessings. Send to Kindle

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Humility and purpose

A couple of items caught my attention this week, separate yet connected, and worth noting. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this photo of our Earth last week, taken by the Cassini spacecraft from its orbit around Saturn. That’s us, scurrying around on that small white dot right of center, between the rings and the light […]

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Meditation on a moonrise

How often have you watched — completely watched — the moon rise above the horizon? Photographer Mark Gee provides this transfixing view of a moonrise in Wellington, New Zealand, with a perspective that may well give you a sense of transcendence. Enjoy this meditation. Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo. Send to Kindle

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A reminder of our human connection

Watch this touching video produced by the Cleveland Clinic, poignantly reminding us of our human connection. Hat tip to Krista Tippett’s On Being, where I originally saw this, and to the Cleveland Clinic, for telling the story so well. Send to Kindle

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Musical transcendence

Benedictus by 2CELLOS is a beautiful track for meditating. Focus on the cellos; see if they lead you to a few minutes of transcendence.   Send to Kindle

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Echoes of a life

I’m home after attending a memorial service celebrating the life of a longtime member of our church, a remarkable woman who lived Thoreau’s admonition to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” The church was full and the service ran over 90 minutes. Family and friends recounted their memories spanning her 85 years, […]

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A moment in time

How would you define a moment? They’re all sacred. Be present. Send to Kindle

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Perspective

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, iconic thermometer of the U.S. stock market, ended the week up. The 2012 campaign heated up as Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican nominee, pounced on President Obama’s statement that “the private sector is doing fine.” Last week, America’s Got Talent was the highest rated program with adult viewers 18 to 49. […]

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Raw Faith Premiers on Documentary Channel

The film Raw Faith will premier this Sunday, May 20, at 8:00 pm Eastern and Pacific on the Documentary Channel. Raw Faith is a moving love story of Unitarian Universalist minister Marilyn Sewell’s decision to retire from her church, while struggling to reconcile her self-image from her childhood. Unexpectedly, love enters her life — a […]

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Losing Faith

NPR’s religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Haggerty tells this touching story of a Methodist pastor whose spiritual searching led her to conclude that she’s an atheist. Of course, that’s anathema in a traditional Christian church. So Teresa MacBain played her ministerial role hypocritically. After the internal conflict became too much to bear and she declared her […]

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