Tuesday, January 31, 2012

God's Gift-Imagination

“Imagination is everything, it is
the preview of life’s coming
~Albert Einstein 

"Anyone who can tap the power of the imagination can learn to meditate." 
~Richard foster.

All religions and teachers of meditation agree that the thought life is a treasure to be nurtured. Revisiting my research on meditation brings me back to the intriguing subject of imagination. What a gift from God, that we might know Him better.

But how little we use our imagination. How rarely we stop for even ten minutes to clear our minds in order to tap into it. I challenge you to take ten minutes today to sit in a quiet place, be still. Don't think about anything particular, just know that God is.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meditation Quote

I'm working on a non-fiction book, right now the section on Meditation, and I ran across this quote once again. It's one of my favorites. 
“It is not the bee’s touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.”
~Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) Non-Conformist preacher-Congregational principles

Monday, January 16, 2012

God Sings

I received a little book for Christmas from a Catholic retreat center. Running with Expanding Heart, by Mary Reuter, USB, encourages us to notice things and people around us and to be aware that they are God's revelation of Himself to us. They may be divine encounters in which God will use us in someone's life, or they may be small revelations of His character and glory in His creation.

"God sings out God's love, magnificence, and extravagance through the created universe. Those who see, hear, touch, smell and taste well get to notice. They get to marvel. They get to be grateful. Wonders await us; the first violet in spring, the tiny hands and feet of a newborn baby, the ravines on the aged face of an uncle, a cool breeze at the end of a hot day . . . such gifts help us come to know by experience that the loving presence of god permeates the universe." (page9)

This morning I notice the bright sun shining through my window. It's been out for well over an hour now, the days are already getting longer. My heart leaps at the sight of it and the thought that although it's cold outside, God is faithful every day, every month, every season. His promises are true and though the darkness lasts for a night, joy comes in the morning. And Spring is just ahead.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Healing, Fermented Tea!

I'm trying something new, making kombucha tea. It's a fermented tea drink that is said to have all kinds of healing effects. We have to wait a week before taking our first taste. I can't wait.

I've studied the healing properties of fermented foods such as yogurt, keifer, miso, tofu, even saurkraut. (see my blog about the benefits of fermented foods in the archives) but this year I just started to hear about kombucha.

Here's a fun site about how to make kombucha. There are videos at the bottom.

Do you know anything about it? Have you ever tried it? Please leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you know.