Author Archives: Deborah Adele

Ashes & Sackcloth

A study was done at the University of Virginia showing that 67% of men and 25% of women would rather endure an electrical shock than to sit alone is silence. Startling, isn’t it? The school shooting in Florida is now … Continue reading

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Dangerous Dreamers of the Day

I have been thinking lately about a quote by T. E. Lawrence, known to many as Lawrence of Arabia. It goes like this: “All men [sic] dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of … Continue reading

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Entering

It’s hard to miss. Another New Year has called us to social celebration and quiet reflection. We can feel the turning of time and with it the longing for meaningful change. We are in touch with hope, with possibility, and … Continue reading

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Surrender (Part 2)

In his poem called Tripping Over Joy, the poet Hafiz gives us much to reflect on regarding surrender. He portrays life as a chess game with the Divine. Most of us, he notes, take playing the game much too seriously. … Continue reading

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Surrender (Part 1)

“Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your … Continue reading

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Self-Study (Part 2)

“Know yourself as a breathing being.” -Pandit Rajmani Tigunait What comes to your mind as you hear these words from Pandit Rajmani? I am taken back to my years in seminary, sitting in my Old Testament class. The story that … Continue reading

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Self-Study: Who Am I? (Part 1)

“Who are you God, and who am I?” – St Francis of Assisi I would like to share a poem written by a fifth grade girl that I know well and who brings joy and wonderment to my life. She … Continue reading

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Tapas: the Heat of Self-Discipline [Part 2]

“Take your medicine first.” – Narvada Puri  The word medicine conjures up many unpleasant memories from my childhood. I can almost taste the medicine my parents gave me when I was sick so that I would feel better. They always … Continue reading

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