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What are We Waiting For? The Advent of Us

New tensions in Jerusalem. A decree making certain roads difficult to travel. An opportunistic ruling class placing increasing burdens on the poorest in the land. An insecure, oddly-appointed leader seeking to ‘cleanse’ the land of our its most vulnerable people. You’d be forgiven if you thought I was talking about the Nativity story in first-century […]

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part – What I Learned About Advent from Tom Petty

Tom Petty transitioned this October, leaving the world of our senses and joining the great cloud of witnesses. An artist of humility and versatility, this Advent I’ve been reflecting on his 1981 hit The Waiting. Starting right away with Oh baby don’t it feel like heaven right now?, Petty evokes the rush of true love newly discovered. […]

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Beyond the Meditation Cushion: Mindfulness in Everyday Life | Meg Salter

Mike’s note: What follows is a powerful portion of Mind Your Life: How Mindfulness Can Build Resilience and Reveal Your Extraordinary, by Meg Salter. It’s a Speakeasy book selection this month. Do you review books? Apply here! I never thought I would feel this comfortable in my own skin. What happened that transformed a stammering child into an adult […]

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