Thematic Thoughts

Your Many Sanctuaries

Sanctuary comes to us in many forms during our lives; this exercise invites you to meditate on the gifts you’ve received from them.

Take some time to think of or write a list of all the various places, spaces, relationships and experiences that have functioned as … read more.

Pondering Questions

As always, don’t treat these questions like “homework” or a list that needs to be covered in its entirety! Instead, pick one question that speaks to you and let it lead you where you need to go. The goal is to figure out what being … read more.

End Your Day with Sanctuary

Even if we don’t refer to them as such, many of us have “morning rituals of sanctuary.” We meditate, take the dog for a walk, swim, read a devotional, or (my personal favorite) make ourselves coffee or tea.

It’s all about getting the day off on … read more.

Your Personal Vision Statement: Visualize It!

 Some of us are visual learners, so instead of writing your personal vision statement, create a visual representation of it. This popular technique is called vision-boarding. Here are three great sites that explain what a vision board is and how to go about creating one:

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Pondering Questions

Pick the question that speaks to you most, and let it lead you where you need to go. Don’t think of these prompts as “homework” or a list that needs to be completed. Which question is calling to you? Which contains your work? Where is … read more.

Your Personal Vision Statement: Write It!

We’ve all heard of companies writing vision statements, but we rarely write one for ourselves. Use this month to fix that. Simple, clear and memorable statements of vision inspire us, help clarify our choices, and motivate us to choose and then shape our own path. … read more.

Gratitude for Life’s Blessings

The book “On Gratitude: 51 Micro-Essays on Life’s Blessings” is an anthology of short pieces from “musicians, artists, actors and other public figures, from B. B. King to Ann Rice to Francis Ford Coppola.”


A blog post on the book writes:


“There is plenty of evidence that … read more.

Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots:

Blessing has a long history of meanings and roots. The Old English blēdsian based on blōd ‘blood’ (originally to ‘mark or consecrate with blood’) was used to translate the Latin benedicere ‘to praise or worship.’ The meaning shifted in late Old English toward ‘pronounce … read more.

Take In the Good

Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in ‘negativity bias.’

In other words, as we evolved over millions of years, dodging sticks and chasing carrots, it was a lot more important to notice, react to, and … read more.