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Monday Morning Mindset #nccumc #umclead

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From the cowardice that dares not face new truths,

From the laziness that is content with half-truths,

From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truths,

Good Lord, deliver me. – Kenyan Prayer


Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way Every Day – Creativity involves process, and process involved change. The truism we often hear is that we resist change because change is difficult or change is painful. This is not quite accurate. It is the resistance to change that is difficult or painful. In the same way, it is the resistance to our creativity that causes us to equate it with suffering. It is important to remember that effort and suffering are two different things. (199)

Upper Room Disciplines 2014 – When hearts open fully to God, the resulting blessings may be predictable….or unexpected…Either way, it’s no coincidence. (220)

Kelli: Coincidence or divine appointment? God sets up the divine appointments in our lives to guide, direct, comfort and challenge us. In my book, there’s no such thing as mere coincidence.

Thomas Merton:  Solitude – when you get saturated with silence and landscape, then you need an interior work, psalms, scripture, meditation. But first the saturation. How much of this is simply restoration of one’s normal, human balance?…It is the cocoon that masks the transition stage between what crawls and what flies. (June 3 and 4, 1963, Journal IV. 326-28)

Monday Morning Mindset – June 23, 2014



Rokelle Lerner: I want to enjoy my work and feel I am making a contribution, I do not want to become addicted to my job and use work as a means of protecting myself from my feelings. It is important to me to be able to derive enjoyment from non-working activities. I need to be able to separate myself from my job so that I can develop  and maintain relationships with family and friends..…In all parts of life I am searching for balance. If I am defined only by what I do at work, I need to take an inventory of my emotional, physical and spiritual life. Changing my work habits may require compromises and a new philosophy of life. …I am creating a future of inner joy and balance.

Kelli: As so many of us begin a new work week this morning, we face it with a variety of emotions. Some Mondays, I drag myself to the computer or to a meeting. On other days, I am ‘raring to go’. What makes the difference? For me it is a simple paradigm shift. Am I resting from work or working from rest?  If I have truly rested in time away from my job and its responsibilities, then I am refreshed and renewed, eager to take up the joys and challenges of my vocational work. But, if I drag myself to the end of the workday or work week, looking to simply rest from working (and still letting my mind dwell on all the details of working), I miss an opportunity to practice Sabbath.  When I work form rest, I am energetic, creative and balanced. When I rest from work, I am doing nothing more than sitting still for a little while but not really resting at all. In our 365/24/7 life, we have to be intentional about unplugging, disconnecting, discovering and doing what brings us joy. Otherwise, our Monday Morning Mindset will remain one of resentment and drudgery.

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way Every Day – When we are willing to be open-minded, art and beauty come flooding into us in a thousand small ways. When we let ourselves see the possibilities instead of the improbabilities, we become as flexible and resilient as we really are. It is human nature to create. When we cooperate with our creativity, using it to live within the lives we actually have, we surprise ourselves with our level of invention.

Thomas Merton – Another of the beautiful cool days we have been having all year. We did not work this afternoon. Plenty of time to pray. Recollected, I am myself for awhile, and I consider the weekdays when I am so full of business and when I am not myself or my own. Why must I make my head so full of things?…I am tired of being my own Providence, of wanting and seeking things for myself, of making decisions for myself, and yet, quite apart from my own will, I am in this complex of things that seem to stand between me and God. All I want, Jesus, is more and more to abandon everything to You. The more I go on, the more I realize I don’t know where I am going. Lead me and take complete control of me. “Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God.” (Psalm 142). June 24, 1947, Journal II, 86-87

Thomas Keating, The Human Condition: Once a regular practice of Centering Prayer has been established, we move normally in each period of prayer toward a place of rest where our faculties are relatively calm and quiet. Thoughts are coming downstream, but as we learn to disregard them, we begin to enjoy a sense of the divine presence. Beyond our thinking and emotional experience is the deeper reality of the spiritual level of our being. It is another way of knowi9ng reality that is unlike ordinary psychological awareness. As a result, not only is the mind quiet and at rest from the ordinary concerns of daily life, but the body also begins to rest, a rest that is deeper than sleep. (33-34)

Kelli: This is the rest from which we can work creatively, thoughtfully, energetically.

Joan Chittister, The Rule of Benedict: Remembering to trust in God can carry us for a lifetime. (126)

Monday Morning Mindset – June 16, 2014


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Proper 6: Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 230)


Here in the ‘First World”, as we begin another work week, what is your Monday Morning Mindset?  Is it one of grim acceptance, jaw-grinding duty or infectious anticipation? Over the course of my professional life, I admit Mondays have more often been characterized by the first two attitudes, rather than the latter. In all of the many jobs I have had over a career spanning a wide variety of professions, boredom and duty have been much more a part of my day to day life than has been creativity and imagination.

With the crystal clear view of hindsight, I can see that the change for creativity that was built into every job I have had has kept that job exciting, engaging and fulfilling. Anytime the artist in me has a chance for expression through color, word, music, pattern, video, storytelling, sewing, writing, singing or teaching, I have found the place where I feel God’s pleasure.

As I explore the prayer for this week (Proper 6, above) the first phrase that grabs my attention is:  though your (God’s) grace. It is through God’s grace, the grace of Holy Love we find work to do that is pleasurable, meaningful and sends echoes of peace and joy into our lives and the lives of other people.

When we are doing what we love and what God loves for us to do, life and living seem easier. Work and fruitfulness roll off the tips of our fingers. Life isn’t made more magically simple. Life infused with the power and partnership of Holy Love means we can have a Monday Morning Mindset  of quiet anticipation, even sweet expectation for what God is just about to do in us and with us. When we have a sense of that partnership and Presence, the work we have been called to do in the world – from bus driving to the board room – becomes the ministry of help and hope and Holy Love – through God’s grace.

Breathing in – Inspiration – May 29

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Inspiration – May 29   (Surrendering ourselves to divine action) heals the wounds of a lifetime and brings us to transforming union, empowering us to enter Christ’s redemptive program , first by the healing of our own deep wounds, and then by sharing the healing of others. (Thomas Keating)  …read more here…

Breathing In – Inspiration – May 21

Breathing In – Inspiration – May 21, 2014

No matter how old we are, how long we’ve lived or how much or little we’ve experienced, sometimes we all need a fresh start. What better way to think about that fresh start than as a “Genesis week”. In that first Genesis week the world was new and unspoiled and so was human’s relationship with Holy Love. …read more here…

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