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Yoga & Meditation Teacher (RYT 200) and Endurance Cyclist

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There is grace in your life, but you have to have faith to see it. It’s a contract between God and the individual: grace on one side, faith on the other.

Ram Dass

Warning: Mine has been anything but a straight shot, more like a crooked path filled with thorns and crows and vodka. Prone to wander? You bet. I’ve been a priest, then an ex-priest. Husband, then ex-husband. Amazed crowds one night and lied to friends the next. Drunk for years, sober for a season, then drunk again. I’ve been John the beloved, Peter the coward, and Thomas the doubter all before the waitress brought the check. I’ve shattered every one of the Ten Commandments six times Tuesday. And if you believe that last sentence was for dramatic effect, it wasn’t.

Brennan Mannning, “All is Grace: A Ragamuffin’s Memoir”

Brennan died yesterday. May he find rest into the arms of his Beloved.

As long as you’re not finished, you can start all over again.

Joe Pug, “Deep Dark Wells”

Grace is ever present.
All that is necessary is that you surrender to It.

Ramana Maharshi (via ashramof1)

I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.

Anne Lamott (via truespirituality)

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Grace is God’s WD-40.

Anne Lamott

Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.

Rumi (via fuckyeahrumi)

My favorite quote of rumi

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There were two ways through life - the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow.

From the movie “The Tree of Life”

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Question on Religion & Forgiveness

Question: What are your views on religion? How do people sin over and over again and expect to be forgiven?

Here is a link to a recent blog post I wrote explaining my current relationship to religion: http://wordslessspoken.com/2011/08/29/a-bi-lingual-heart/. I was raised Christian and still identify as such, except that I have moved into progressive/contemplative Christianity, short answer. Buddhism is now the dominant spiritual influence in my life, although I do not consider it to be a religion in the same sense as Christianity. Hope the post makes it clearer.

We “sin” or make mistakes over and over again because we’re human. Sometimes that can become neurotic and turn into addiction. That is a different matter altogether. From a Christian perspective forgiveness isn’t based on one’s on worthiness or penance, it is based solely on the goodness of God expressed through Christ’s life and death as the basis for why we are forgiven, even when we screw up over and over again. It is very human to say I have forgiven you three times for “____,” but now I’m done with you. It is divine love to pick us up and start over again each time we fail.

From a Buddhist perspective suffering is a reality, but we can explore our suffering, understand it, and make peace with it. Buddhism teaches us how to be gentle with ourselves, to learn how to forgive ourselves, rather than seeking some atonement from outside of us. Not to say that we become perfect and won’t fail again, but that we see our failure for what it is and for what it isn’t. We learn how to start over without judgement or punishment.

Such a beautifully, wonderfully different message than what is presented by most of Christendom

All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.

Acts 2:44-46 NIV

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