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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/20/19

Today is June 20th, 2019. Doesn’t it seem that June just began and here we are close to the end of the month. Time really does seem to fly by. The question I continuously ask myself as a Mindfulness Coach is, “Can I remain mindful (awake) in each and every one of those moments? That is my goal, and I admit, some days are easier than others because of the situations that stand before me.

Sometimes I choose to step out of my body and be the observer so as to not feel the full brunt of a situation. Other times I choose to allow it to flow fully through me. At this point in my life, most of those times are a choice, not something that happens out of habits from my past (although there are moments when I still like to blame my mother, my teachers, etc. . . . for what I seem to find myself in the middle of) In those moments it seems to be done “To Me.”

Our focus for the month of June has been Summer is a State of Mind. We’ve framed that fact through the four elements: Fire, Earth, Water and this Sunday, Air. The discussions around each element has brought us closer to the knowledge that there is a power greater than ourselves that can restore us to sanity. It is our thoughts and beliefs that either have us living life to the fullest or have kept us stuck. Simply from the 12 Step perspective, do I choose sanity or not?

From the moment of our birth into these physical bodies we have breathed in the breath of life. In that very moment we became a living soul, an expression of the divine in human form. The question remains, am I aware of that fact in each and every moment? When I am not aware – what or who helps me to remember? Those are the questions we have been pondering during our Wednesday evening Metaphysics Class.

This Sunday we will be discussing ways to remember that fact. How do I allow the air I breath (Reset Breath) to assist me during those human limitations that I or others may be experiencing? It is then that I am able to touch love, joy or peace for myself or to share with others. That is really my power as a spiritual being having a human experience.

This Sunday I am affirming that the words spoken by myself, by others and the songs sung by our Praise and Worship Team along with the amazing Becky Duffield (you don’t want to miss her songs!!!) will create an opening for deeper knowing. May we as a spiritual community begin to feel it within ourselves – knowing where it comes from.

Love Can Build a Bridge; don’t you think it’s time?

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/13/2019

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Sunday is Father’s Day and that day always brings with it many emotions.  It is interesting that preparing for Sunday I am thinking more about my Grandfather, my father’s father.  Maybe it is because I am sitting on the deck of Harmony Haven, my river retreat, and being flooded with thoughts of me and my grandfather riding in one of his boats up and down this very river when I was a young girl.  It seems kind of surreal that I would now have a home on the very same river just a few miles downstream 40 years later.    

I began to think about the things my grandfather taught me about living in the flow of life.  These are simple thoughts that he lived and modeled for all his grandchildren even when it was apparent that other adults seemed to think the way he chose to live his life was a bit unconventional.  The biggest thing I remember about my grandfather was that he just oozed happiness and fun.  All his grandchildren loved spending time with him because it was a great adventure every time we were there.  He definitely had a way of living in the moment and becoming a “little child.”    

You see the minute my grandfather was able to retire, he immediately moved to Linden, TN buying a home on the Tennessee River.  He then became a commercial fisherman of sorts.  This was in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  I spent many hours with him up and down the river, putting bait on trotlines only to return hours later to take fish off those same lines. (Yes I’ve touched many a fish and worm and minnow in my life.)  My grandfather provided most of the fish for several big fish fries in the area each summer along with cookouts for friends, family and the local church.  You would never go hungry if my grandfather had anything to do with it.     

The first big lesson I learned from my Grandfather was, “Do what you love because it will bless everyone around you.”  You see my grandfather’s favorite thing was being on the river in a boat and fishing.  So it is not a surprise that when he retired he moved to a home on the river with my grandmother even when several members of his family couldn’t understand why he wanted to do that.  I remember great times there with my cousins catching lightning bugs and putting them in jars, getting up early in the morning and going out on the boat and watching the sun come up over the water.  Of course who could forget sitting outside late at night and listening to the whippoorwills sing.  And all of the fish fries with people coming to his home for miles around just to be in the company of love and compassion. 

Another lesson he taught was to be alert and pay attention to the detours the river may offer you.  Sometimes when we were riding down the river in one of his boats we might come upon sections of the river that were filled with logs, etc. that had ended up there from a storm.  I remember times when we had to be willing to go around the logs paying attention to the depth of the water and to not get stuck in the mud.  Sometimes that meant turning the motor off and paddling to make it through a tight place.  Metaphysically that happens in all of our lives.  We seem to be moving forward and all of sudden we are aware of obstacles in our path.  Now What?  Reset and Readjust – slow down for a moment.   

There were so many different things I learned just from being in his presence.  I hope to share these with you during Sunday’s Lesson as we focus on “What are the Missing Pieces to Living in the Flow?”  Our Special Music will be provided by Ryan Gill and our Praise and Worship Team.  We will also have a special reading by John Ricks for Father’s Day.   

When life seems to throw obstacles in front of you remember – Stay in the flow.  Be like Water.  Water will always flow around any obstacles in your path. 

Rev. Denise