Rev. Patty's Blog


Dear Friends,

I have been thinking of you and knowing such lovely things for you and your lives.

One of the things on my mind today has been the virtues. I am so glad that for the last four years we have been in relationship with them. Practicing the virtues is such a powerful way to move through life. I especially like the universality of them, that they are independent of religious or cultural contexts. As we work with and embody them, our characters become strong attendances of morality and ethics. This week we are working with the virtue of endurance.

To endure is to last. It is the ability to continue in the face of hardship or obstacles. Enduring principles are those that stand the test of time. Enduring relationships are those that continue for a lifetime. Enduring strengths are those that can be counted on no matter what. Someone who is enduring bears circumstances and faces challenging situations without yielding.

What a tremendous quality to have and express. In many ways during this time of quarantine and the adoption of precautions, we are called upon to endure. It is a time when we must reach towards other virtues, as well, such as discipline, faith, strength and kindness. Often, we don’t know just how principled we are until a situation of hardship or uncertainty comes up to challenge us.

In what ways have you had to endure in these past weeks? What helps you to be enduring? What are the personal benefits of enduring? What do you do to increase your endurance?

In order to endure in anything, it is necessary that we adopt practices that support our physical and spiritual strength. Daily habits of prayer, meditation and reflection is essential for spiritual clarity and well-being. Daily habits of health provide physical soundness and balance. Both are needed for robust endurance

Earlier today while looking through papers searching for a user ID and password for one of my services, I came across this list of Tips for a Better Life. I have had it for a long time and want to share it with you now. I already do many of them, but made a personal resolve to apply all of them to my daily activities as best I can. I thought you might find them useful, too.

Tips for a Better Life

1. Take a 10 – 30 minute walk every day.

2. Sit in silence at least 10 minutes a day.

3. Sleep for 7 hours a night.

4. Live with the 3 Es: energy, enthusiasm, and empathy.

5. Play more games.

6. Read more books than you did last year.

7. Drink plenty of water.

8. Eat more food that grows on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

9. Eat breakfast lie a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

10. Make time for prayer and meditation each day.

11. Dream more while awake.

12. Smile and laugh more.

13. Perform 1 act of kindness each day.

14. Don’t waste your precious time with gossip.

15. Let go of what you can’t control.

16. Invest your attention in the present moment.

17. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

18. Life is too short to spend time hating anyone.

19. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

20. Every challenge has a lesson to learn.

21. When you can’t win an argument, agree to disagree.

22. Don’t com[are yourself others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

23. Make peace with your past o it won’t spoil the present.

24. Stay in touch with friends.

25. Forgive everyone for everything.

26. What people think of you in none of your business.

27. However bad a situation, it will change.

28. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

29. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

30. The best is yet to come.

31. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

32. Don’t overdo. Honor your limits.

33. Do the right thing.

34. Call your family often.

35. Each day give something good to others.

Please join me this Sunday at 10 AM for a Special Mother’s Day service via Zoom. Our home page has all the details on how to link in, as well as several easy ways to continue you prosperity tithing practice. It’s promising to be a beautiful weekend and I am looking forward to having you be a part of mine.

Love and Blessings,

Rev. Patty

Updated: May 1

We continue with our social distancing and other precautions for our own safety and the safety of others as the pandemic continues to advance around the globe. As some communities are emerging from the worst of it, others are experiencing the beginnings of illness and quarantine. The overall message I have been seeing about Covid-19 is that “we’re all in this together.” What that message means to me is that through co-operation, everyone doing their part, and reaching out to others in safe and prudent ways, we can make it through this crisis with the minimum of loss and the maximum of resilience.

One of the ways I have seen resilience showing up is through creativity and humor. The internet has been packed with stories of hope, inspiration, and encouragement from vignettes that warm my heart to perspectives that made me laugh out loud. This collective effort of keeping spirits high and optimistic has made a very serious situation bearable and because of it, many are not only surviving, but thriving. We lift each other up in hard times and find ways of connecting, of letting others know that they are not alone.

All of this is good AND we must remember to make space for the acknowledgement of loss. Our culture is so adept at glossing over loss that we hardly recognize it, and yet, it, too, is a very real part of our human lives. For inner balance and emotional health, it is vital that we recognize and honor our losses. The quarantine and other safety measures have created an incredible number of losses. What most comes to mind are the big ones like loss of family and friends who have died, loss of businesses and livelihood, financial losses, loss of freely moving about, loss of support from not being able to engage with our significant communities and the loss of peace of mind. And there are smaller losses like the loss of our routines, not going to the movies or restaurants, not seeing family or friends, not shopping or attending community, sports or cultural events and the thousand other things that make up our daily lives. We are all missing something as a result of the Corona virus.

Much of my ministry has been in the area of grief and loss. I know how we cover up our losses with distraction and busyness. And, I also know the long-term effects of just sweeping by our losses, pretending that they don’t have an impact. We are strong and can push through anything with a happy face. Yes, we can, but what are the consequences? Over time, we become apathetic, less creative, less engaged and less robust.

Honoring our losses is a pathway towards physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Such acts of honoring loss don’t have to be complicated or require a sojourn into depression. (By the way, in most cases depression is the result of unattended grief and loss) All that is necessary is that we be mindful and attentive to our losses, regarding them as sacred parts of our being. They can be remembered ritually with ceremony, symbolically with objects representing our losses or prayerfully with conscious acknowledgement.

A very simple way of loss acknowledgement is to right now, get a pen and piece of paper out and make a list of all the things you are missing as a result of the quarantine. Write down every single one no matter how small you think it is. When done, look at each item on your list and feel it in your body. Where do you feel it? What does it feel like? Does it want to say anything to you? Do you want to say anything to it? Take your time and only when feeling complete move to the next item. When you have gone through your list – you’re done!!!

In addition to ways we are keeping safe physically during this world health crisis, I urge you to employ ways to keep your spiritual selves healthy, too. Laughter and inspiration are powerful tools for upliftment and optimism. Paying attention to our stresses and losses are powerful tools for wholeness and well-being.

Please join me this Sunday at 10 AM for a meditation service on Zoom. Visit our web page, for links to both Zoom and Facebook Live.

May you have a blessed day of unexpected pleasures.

Blessing and Love,

Rev. Patty


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