☮️ Celebrate International Day of Peace - observed worldwide on September 21. The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable 🌎 world” with a focus on a 24-hour day of non-violence and cease-fire. 💡 What would 💭that day look like to you?
We might explore how to help one another through 🙏 🛐 prayer, working toward a more just and equitable 🗺️world that is concerned about 🌱 sustainability and the environment, as well as ✊🏿 one another. How might the 🌍global society function with lifesaving vaccinations and ⚕️ medical treatments for all? Let’s imagine 🕊️ peace from Covid-19 by getting 💉 vaccinated and helping the one 🗺️hundred countries that are still 😷waiting for a single dose.
What might our world look like without ⚔️conflict? Laying down the 🔫 guns, focusing on ☮️ peace and ❤️ love. That every person has 🍗 🌽 🥣 food, 🚰 water, and 🏠 shelter while living in ✌️peace.
How might each of us provide relief for those suffering from ✊🏿 discrimination and 😠 hatred, for those recovering from 🌪️ 🌧️devastating storms, 🥣 food insecurities, and 🥺 poverty. What can we do to prevent ⛈️climate change or the devastating carbon 👣footprint on the world?
Choose today to 🧍♀️🧍🏾🧍🏼stand up for compassion, 🦋 kindness, ☮️ peace, 🕊️ hope and ❤️love.
As an online 📚 🎧 educational social media organization, the Center to Awaken Kindness is focused on social justice and 🤗 kindness. We value ✌️ peace through education. We believe it begins by 💡 learning to believe in something 🐘 bigger 🏞️ than ourselves. We invite you, your 🤝🏽 neighbors near and far to visit our website at 🌻 CenterToAwakenKindness.com and explore 🦋 kindness! Create some small act of 💌 🤟🏻 ❤️ love and awaken kindness today - then continue carrying it forward and expanding it to 😷 the entire week, month, and throughout the 📆 year.
Peace & Love,
😎 Rev. Dr. Penny Taylor, LCSW & 😎 Rev. Dr. Bill Ressl, LCSW
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Celebrate #WorldLabyrinthDay Everyday - Experience the Contemplative Be the Salt of the Earth Digital Labyrinth Walk
#WorldLabyrinthDay is Saturday, May 1, 2021 – come... let’s walk digitally here and now - and everyday!
The Be the Salt of the Earth Mindful Moment Digital Labyrinth Walk video and related labyrinths were prepared to celebrate #WorldLabyrinthDay 2021. Held annually on the first Saturday in May, the day encourages all to take a meditative moment to contemplate world peace through the celebration of a labyrinth walk. Walking a labyrinth has been part of the human experience for thousands of years. The practice of taking time to ‘walk’ a labyrinth invites the Spirit deep within us to imagine new possibilities and to fill us with courage to walk within the world in new ways.
Two labyrinth designs are featured in the Be the Salt of the Earth Mindful Moment Labyrinth Walk video. First the Be the Salt of the Earth Possibilities labyrinth appears etched on the earth. However, it is quickly followed by the Be the Salt of the Earth Challenges labyrinth symbolizing all the challenges of our current moment related to issues of justice, the environment, and Covid-19. Once you reach the center of the Be the Salt Challenges labyrinth another labyrinth appears. The Be the Salt Possibilities labyrinth reappears as a reminder that we are the “salt” of the earth and hold the current possibilities of this moment in our hands. It is up to us to “flavor” the world with goodness, honesty, and reliability. As the journey ends your feet end up at the words from Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the earth.” Continue walking and be the salt of the earth here and now.
Historically, to be called the salt of the earth is a huge compliment, individually and/or for groups. It means you are honest, loyal, reliable, trustworthy, and exude fundamental goodness. You flavor the world with goodness and honesty simply through your example of loving kindness. Become the salt of the earth here and now. Digitally “walk” the Be the Salt of the Earth Mindful Moment Digital Labyrinth Walk. Center yourself (carve out 2 minutes of your time for you). Watch the video and ‘walk’ the labyrinths as you contemplate how you can be the salt of the earth deep within and in all your relationships – here and now.
AN INTEGRATIVE CONTEMPLATIVE EXPERIENCE
The Be the Salt of the Earth Mindful Moment Digital Labyrinth Walk video offers an integrative mindful approach of contemplative self-care for this contemporary moment. The integrated contemplative experience features contemplative practices that have been developed over the past few thousand years. These include…
Experience several contemplative generative practices. Take this moment to pray about becoming the salt of the earth. Recite the loving-kindness meditation known through the scripture verse from Matthew 5.13: “You are the salt of the earth.” Enjoy the historic generative practices of: Lectio Divina (reading the sacred in the words of Matthew 5.13); Musica Divina (hearing the sacred in the sound of the music selected for this journey); Visio Divina (experiencing the sacred in art through the digital artwork of the labyrinth video), and Expressiva Divina (experience the sacred through contemplative movement, the labyrinth walk).
Experience the contemplative stillness practice of quieting and clearing the mind. Carve out a few minutes for you. Clear the mind. Center yourself in this contemplative moment and enjoy the labyrinth walk.
Experience the contemplative activist practice of bearing witness to life. Contemplate how you can be the salt of the earth and then share it – consider sharing the Be the Salt of the Earth Mindful Moment Labyrinth Walk video with others.
Experience the contemplative movement practice of labyrinth walking. Immerse yourself into the design and walk meditatively. Imagine how you have walked and plan to walk through the realities of life represented by the symbolism within the labyrinth designs.
Experience the contemplative creation process by listening to the contemplative music within the Be the Salt of the Earth Mindful Moment Labyrinth Walk video. Join along as you chant mentally or out loud: “I am the salt of the earth.”
Experience the contemplative relational practices of dialogue. Listen deeply to the Spirit as you ‘walk’ the labyrinth designs. Imagine the stories of your life in relation to being the salt of the earth for yourself and others. Journal your discoveries.
Experience the contemplative ritual/cyclical practice of vision quest. Create your own sacred space by opening yourself and participating with the Spirit deeply through the Be the Salt of the Earth Mindful Moment Labyrinth Walk video. Remember it is your journey, you can stop and advance the video as you desire in order to take additional time to pray, reflect, contemplate, and imagine possibilities.
Learn more about all our Contemplative Self-Care Tools and Practices at CenterToAwakenKindness.com
Be the Salt of the Earth labyrinths and Mindful Moment Labyrinth Walk video created by Bill Ressl at the Center to Awaken Kindness.
Scripture from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible with fair use (gratis) permission: New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Music by Michael Kobrin, Decision https://pixabay.com/music/main-title-under-pressure-michael-kobrin-105bpm-3781/
The Be the Salt of the Earth Labyrinths include photography from the following artists. We thank the following artists for their work:
Min An, Person Holding Green Grains https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-green-grains-1230157/
CDC, Coronavirus, https://www.pexels.com/photo/coronavirus-3992933/
Gustavo Fring, Shabby teddy bear in medical mask sitting on pavement against blurred mom and kid in park, https://www.pexels.com/photo/shabby-teddy-bear-in-medical-mask-sitting-on-pavement-against-blurred-mom-and-kid-in-park-4000604/
James Gathany photo credit, CDC-Judy Schmidt Content Provider, Public Health Image Library, ID 9415, intramuscular injection, https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=9415
Josh Hild, People Protesting on a Street https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-protesting-on-a-street-4508669/
Chris LeBoutillier, Photography of Factory, https://www.pexels.com/photo/photography-of-factory-929385/
Felix Mittermeier, Blue Universe https://www.pexels.com/photo/blue-universe-956981/
Andrea Piacquadio, Man in Black Suit Jacket Standing Near Railings
Pixabay, Planet Earth https://www.pexels.com/photo/planet-earth-87651/
Pixabay, Electric Towers during Golden Hour, https://www.pexels.com/photo/air-air-pollution-climate-change-dawn-221012/
Mathias P.R. Reding, Paris, Group of ethnic people on demonstration https://www.pexels.com/photo/group-of-ethnic-people-on-demonstration-4646867/
Ketut Subiyanto, Woman Wearing a Face Mask on the Subway https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-wearing-a-face-mask-on-the-subway-4429403/
Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Center to Awaken Kindness. Penny & Bill Company, Brookfield, IL USA. Aka DaRevsUSA on most social media networks.
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY - Live Educational Webinar on Bowen Family Systems Theory for Religious Leaders begins in late May 2021
1 Corinthians 12:12 reminds us: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” The daily lived reality as a religious leader also reminds us that the church is an emotional family system often filled with stress, anxiety, and conflict. Learn how Bowen Family Systems Theory can help you to understand the daily systematic realities that you face as well as empower and strengthen your call to ministry along with your capacity to serve others. Join the new Bowen Family Systems Theory Educational Group for Religious Leaders from the Religious Leadership Institute at the Center to Awaken Kindness. The group is open to religious leaders and seminary students from all faith traditions, those new and those with past experiences in Bowen Family Systems Theory.
What to expect...
In each session we will explore theory, share through student presentations, and have ample time for dialogue. Beginning in late May 2021, we will meet on Zoom 6 times for 2 hours each, over a 6 month period.
It is National Snack Day! Offer your Spirit a snack today March 4.
Take a minute or two and enjoy one of our #Mindful Moment Finger #Labyrinth Walks. Each is only about a minute long and features a time to #breakfree from the #stress and #anxiety of today and mindfully #calm down and imagine new possibilities.
Give your Spirit (and yourself) a break, enjoy…
Abound in #Hope
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#BlackLivesMatter – Fill Me With Your #Justice
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#despair #hopelessness #loneliness #emptiness #stress #meaninglessness #guilt #condemnation #exhaustion The #anxieties of #life are very real – and no one is immune from having #anxiety that can create a #mindfog. At times, we all can feel like our head is somewhere else making it hard to focus on #life - let alone our #spiritual #self-care that can fill the #heart #mind #body #soul and relationships in new ways.
Life often runs us, rather than us having the #freedom to run our life. Each day multiple rituals are performed – from that #morning cup of #coffee to laying one’s head on the #pillow at night. These rituals are often done outside of #consciousness – yet they have a direct impact on the creation of anxiety. The gift is that we are in control of the rituals, not vice versa. Spiritual self-care invites the #exploration and #discovery of the rituals of life so that the rituals can be #transformed into #positive life-building possibilities rather than anxiety filled realities.
#Discover the beginnings of a new reality by practicing #contemplative expressions of spiritual self-care through prayer-filled #mindfulness. Prayer-filled mindfulness invites being creative, finding purpose, and discovering life as prayer. Yes, life as #prayer filled with rituals that #nourish the heart, mind, body, soul, and relationships in new ways. #Transform the daily rituals so that each is filled spiritually while providing a clear and #playful pathway that makes visible the #vitality of our individual and relational #sacred direction of life. How might we do this?
One way is to begin by practicing what we call a #Free Walk. The Free Walk is inspired by the spiritual practices of Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone (1182-1226), also known as Francis of Assisi from Italy. Like Francis’ life walk, the Free Walk mindful #journey invites an engagement of all five #senses with the #world around us. Free Walking can reconnect us with what is most #important in life. Walk with the Spirit and #imagine all the opportunities - then move toward those possibilities. Free Walking a labyrinth, mentally or with a finger, invites an immersion into the artistic path while imagining how your senses react (vision, smell, taste, touch, and sound). Bring to consciousness that which is not yet imagined - the insights and possibilities for minimizing anxiety in the daily rituals of life. Let’s try it out…
We #breathe all day long, so let’s begin our journey toward prayer-filled mindfulness by discovering the ritual of deep breathing. Breathe in slowly – hold a bit – breathe out slowly. Calm the mind and look around your space until you see something you were not previously #aware of – maybe a picture is askew, maybe a bird is in the tree outside - become aware of the space. Breathe in slowly – hold a bit – breathe out slowly. Close the eyes and calm the mind. #Imagine a most peaceful image – one from the past, one in the present, and one in the future. Breathe in slowly – hold a bit – breathe out slowly. Open the eyes and think about flowers. Yes, flowers. #Flowers have the ability to lift our spirits. This is especially true of the primrose flower that is featured on our Abound in Hope labyrinth. Let’s explore walking among primrose flowers…
Free walking along a path filled with primrose flowers invites hope filled happiness. We know that first-hand. It is exactly what happened as we walked among the tufted evening primroses (oenothera caespitosa) in the #Badlands National Park in South Dakota, USA. That experience inspired our Abound in Hope labyrinth design. We created it so that others could also be inspired by walking among tufted evening primrose flowers. Primrose flowers mark the arrival of spring helping folks to #connect to their true spiritual center that is #love – and with love is hope. The #labyrinth path offers a safe space to #unwind and become connected with the deep spirit within.
Freely walk the Abound in Hope labyrinth path, mentally or with a finger. Experience the #meditative Free Walk process of labyrinth walking as you create a #safe space for the #brain to unwind from the daily stressors and toward experiencing the #hope-filled #joy of life. Leave your #anxieties and #stresses outside of the path. Follow the path into the center of the basket freely and carefree. Stop a few times along the path to breathe deeply. In the center of the design, the middle of the basket, take a moment or two to imagine your senses being filled in a cheery, playful, and #creative way. #Reflect on the #inspirational scripture verse specifically chosen for the Abound in Hope design: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and #peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the #power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). How does it feel to abound with hope? As you walk back out of the design think how to incorporate hope and love into the rituals of life – from that morning cup of coffee to that moment you lay your head onto the pillow at night. What one small #change can I make today? What does that look like? #Dream it - imagine it – live into it.
#Enjoy all the Abound in Hope labyrinth options including the Mindful Moment Labyrinth Walk videos on #YouTube #Vimeo and #TikTok Use an Abound in Hope Build-A-Journal, now on Amazon, to journal your discoveries as you freely walk the design. Spread some #positive #vibes by incorporating the labyrinth design into #daily life. Add some #vitality to your life and purchase a primrose #gift item today – maybe for #ValentinesDay or another #special occasion. Purchase and #enjoy an Abound in Hope art print, tote bag, rug, yoga mat, leggings, t-shirts, pillows, face masks and many other prayer-filled mindful self-care products now on #FineArtAmerica #RedBubble #Society6 and #TeePublic
Check out all the offerings at CenterToAwakenKindness.com and visit us on all the major social media networks @DaRevsUSA
Below are a few pictures from our travels at the #BadlandsNationalPark in #SouthDakota USA.
#HappyNewYear - #2021 brings forth #365 #new days! #Celebrate – Sh!t out - #Hope in - #Mindful #Moment Labyrinth #Walk - #Fear Not… Abound in Hope
#HappyNewYear - #2020 is finally coming to an end and #2021 brings forth 365 new days! The #newyear is a time to reflect and #hope in the future that is unfolding. When #despair rises through so many different forms – meaninglessness, guilt, condemnation, hopelessness, to name a few – we are invited to set new #goals and as 2021 appears to set a new #newyearsresolution – what does that look like? Find #purpose – discover #life as #prayer – and #explore the art quilt called life.
Make a #resolution and imagine #new possibilities – reflect, pray, and act in #new ways each day. “Walk” the Fear Not #Labyrinth that truly represents that “It’s become #sh!t in a handbasket.” But remember those words from scripture – all is not lost – each new day brings forth new #opportunities … “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
AND there is more! Yes, abound in #hope – and do it #24/7/365 – every day and every way! Fear not… abound in hope! As Paul reminded the folks in Rome: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
#goodbye2020 - #hello2021 – This #newyear make it a time to #love #hope #follow a #newyearsresolution that invites a #newyearscelebration – a #newyearsparty filled with #happiness #joy and sharing #kindness every day in new ways. #Imagine the possibilities! Come join the #celebration and #share the #goodnews
#HappyHolidays and #happynewyear2021 from Penny and Bill @DaRevsUSA
It’s time for joy! So where do we find #joy? Through #music and #singing a #happy song. In #walking a #labyrinth - being inspired and filled with #happiness by interacting with a joyful #labyrinth and enjoying the words #JoytotheWorld (such as through this Mindful Moment Labyrinth Walk short film, a gift for you from @DaRevsUSA). In the delight of receiving a #Christmascard from #family and friends. In a cup of #Christmastea or #eggnog - #sharing phone calls with #loved ones. By watching #nature and by being inspired by looking into the night sky for that #star that shines so brightly above. #Enjoying the smell of a #Christmastree and #playing in fresh #snow – don’t forget to make a few snow angels. #Celebrating the birth of #Jesus and remembering the steadfast love and #faithfulness of #God - wherever you find joy choose to share #Christmasjoy with the world, make a joyful #noise, share some #kindness and as always, we wish all a #Joyful Holiday Season! Have a safe and #blessed Christmas.
#MerryChristmas2020 from Penny and Bill @DaRevsUSA aka CenterToAwakenKindness.com
Wow - only 19 more days in #December 2020 !! Many of us will be #happy to see the year #2020 pass into the history #books . Yet future generations will be asking: “What was the #coronavirus pandemic of 2020 like and what did you do to get through it?”
My answer is - it was a hard time - one filled with great uncertainty. We washed our hands, we practiced #SocialDistancing , #StayAtHome and we #prayed .
Prayer and Difficulties. Throughout the pandemic many people shared with @DaRevsUSA that they increased their prayer lives. I clearly remember a distinguished #seminary professor sharing with his students that when times get really #stressful - an increase in prayer life is needed. Something I often did during seminary. One morning during the pandemic, I was sitting on my front porch praying to #God to help me through the #difficulties , the uncertainty of these times. Then the words came to my mind… “Fill Me” – fill me with your #peace , #fill me with your #love , fill me with your #kindness . The prayer continued to grow to other areas in my life that needed to be filled. I soon found God filling me with the words for a #meditative prayer that became the Fill Me Prayer Book. It is a prayer that can support and help when facing life transitions.
#PrayerChangesThings . Prayer is a powerful tool that can hold us together and center us. It can calm our inner #soul opening us to new understandings. Prayer is particularly important when transitioning through difficult times such as #COVID-19 , #unemployment , concerns for #children or #elderly #family members, and more. Simply put, having a #prayerful life opens the reality of the #sacred in each moment. Prayer can and does change things.
#Spiritual . I wrote the Fill Me Prayer Book, a #mindfulness #devotional #meditative prayer experience complete with finger labyrinths, to help with walking through life during difficult challenges. While writing this book something spiritual happened – I began meditating on the words of the prayer, contemplating #scripture, and walking the #labyrinth #art designs with my fingers – as I did, I became much more peaceful, #calm , centered and I began to #listen to God in a deeper way. I was able to begin seeing the sacred in the moment.
#InnerPeace . It is a wonderful experience to #meditate on the words of God and experience God’s peace in our life. God is with us through all the trials of life. God will continue to help us through great times of tribulation. Let us all push forward with a #HappyNewYearResolution for #2021 – to pray more and to share #kindness .
How have you gotten through 2020? Share it with us, @DaRevsUSA
@DaRevsUSA – Penny & Bill
Where’s the kindness this Christmas season? No doubt - kindness often disappears at #Christmas-time. But it can be so much more. Don’t be a #humbug this Christmas season – destress and discover kindness! Christmas-time is a great time to #awaken to God’s loving kindness. To ponder the story about that first Christmas, the loving kindness that was made visible through the birth of #Jesus the Christ in the manger. Yes, our world can seem a bit dark at times, but scripture invites us to be the #light and to share loving kindness with each other – one person at a time.
Each day life experiences and meaning making structures are stitched together by time and space. Like a quilt being sewn together, our life #quilt is being created, adding to the story of life, our life, stitch by stitch. We invite you to #share kindness this Christmas and create a beautiful life quilt.
This is the perfect time of the year to Discover #XMAS, aka Christmas with our Build-A-Journals (3 sizes with 5 inside page options) and #mindful fun gifts for self and others. Give kindness this year - find us on Amazon, RedBubble, Society6, TeePublic, and Fine Art America.
Peace & Kindness this Christmas Season,
Penny & Bill
DaRevsUSA – Doctors of the Soul
Happy #WorldKindnessDay Yes! It is today. An international holiday founded in 1998 to promote kindness throughout the #world. #Kindness is a basic human need that we all have. To celebrate we re-release our Call Labyrinth from 2002. ‘Walk’ and reflect on kindness, reach out and #phone someone – or send a card, a #text, an #email – make kindness visible every day. Try a #smallactofkindness today - it just might make a BIG difference in someone’s life.
Never #walked a #labyrinth – try it today! “Walk” in and out of the design mentally or with a finger. As you walk in #contemplate on scripture (below) and #think about kindness. In the center, #meditate and #listen to God’s #grace from deep within – what types of kindness can you #share today? As you walk out imagine sharing kindness with the world today and everyday.
Some facts: The Call Labyrinth was created in 2002. It is intentionally black and white - you with God’s grace bring color into life. Three clouds at the bottom represent the #Trinity. Seven rays of sunshine represent seven days of #creation. As you pass the mouthpiece think about your #Godwalk and #Godtalk. Listen for God’s grace in the center earpiece of the design. The inspirational scripture for this labyrinth: "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do #justice, and to love kindness, and to #walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
Peace & Kindness to you on this #WorldKindnessDay !
~ Penny and Bill
We are Penny and Bill. We invite you to join in the journey of awakening kindness in the world. Our goal in our blog is to encourage you to take time to think, reflect, and define your personal theology of kindness (your God talk) and make it visible in the world (your God walk).