This Mother's Day sermon was given by Reverend Sarah Shepley at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Yarmouth, Maine, May, 2015
The poet Mark Nepo writes: “The place where beauty meets pain is where we bend, not break”.
For me, this passage describes the beauty of building up expectations and the pain of letting them go. more
~ Tom Waits ~
My love for Tom Waits makes me blush a good blush. ...When I think about the 1979 Australian interviews with him [on The Don Lane Show] … as he’s buckled over in uncomfortable cigarette smoke, crooked as an old tree, and not much older than me, with grunting side smiles, rocking side to side, I find myself dreaming ... more
Some of my biggest experiences of heartbreak have come from problems with communication. When this happened to me, I felt angry, sad, and hurt, and yearned for a connection that seemed to elude me. Through the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, I am learning to connect more compassionately with others by attending first to my own feelings and needs. more
Meditation has helped me to lower stress, become more self aware, think creatively and minimize reacting without thinking things through. It helps people to lower their blood pressure. It helps one to breathe more slowly which helps one live longer. It also helps one to live in the present. more
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
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