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Ash Wednesday at the YMCA annika gordon ash wednesday lent Feb 14, 2024

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and marks the beginning of forty days of reflection, prayer, and penance leading up to Easter. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday invites us to consider the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as acknowledge our own mortality.

“I...

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On Centering Prayer: The Art of Returning Feb 09, 2024

I’ve been dabbling with Centering Prayer for several years now, coming full circle after a disastrous first try when I headed up the mountain to a nearby spiritual center for an introductory three-day retreat, only to find most of the participants were seasoned sitters. They also got a memo...

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Wisdom Tree Collective Spotlight: Meet Instructor & Mentor Bill Campbell Jan 17, 2024

My love of nature began when my mother kicked my brothers and me out of the house so she could get some peace and quiet. From exploring the field and woods just beyond our backyard, to hiking trails across the United States and Europe as a Boy Scout, a campus minister leading students, and as a...

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Join Us at the Table: The Power of Story and Dreams Jan 10, 2024

For information on Wisdom Tree Collective’s new Certificate in Dreamwork, please go here.

Laura Huff Hileman is Wisdom Tree Collective’s Director of Dreamwork and Spirituality.

I wanted the t-shirt that said, “A Story is the shortest distance between two people,” but they...

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The Spirit of Christmas Dec 23, 2023

Unlike many of my childhood friends, I clung to a belief in Santa Claus long past any appropriate developmental timeframe. I liked the idea of a jolly person wandering around the world handing out gifts, and I didn’t see the harm in continuing to entertain the possibility even after smelly...

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Your All-Purpose Tool for Peacemaking through Dreamwork Nov 25, 2023

Last week in my Lectio Divina circle, we were given a set of four short lines: one from Psalms, one from a gospel, one from the Quran, one from Thich Nhat Hanh.

The idea was to hear peace wisdom from an array of spiritual paths in light of the conflicts across the world, especially in the Middle...

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On All Saints' Day Nov 07, 2023

On Sunday my church celebrated All Saints' Day, a time for remembering loved ones who have died, whether they be fellow pilgrims who influenced our faith or historical saints who have had an impact on our spiritual life. The Methodist church I attend performs a lovely ritual of honoring church...

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Silent Blessings: Honoring the Mundane and the Memorable Oct 24, 2023

On the dresser in my bedroom, next to the perfume bottles and the black-and-white picture of my mother as a sophomore at University of Mississippi, I have a pottery jar with “blessings” stamped on it. It contains bits of paper on which I jot down reminders of what matters to me.

These...

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Trust in The Creative Process with All Your Heart (especially when you feel like giving up) Oct 04, 2023

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She stood in the parking lot in tears.

The only thing that motivated my daughter to get her driver's license was knowing that in a few months she would be a senior in high school and that meant the opportunity to paint her senior parking spot.

Lainey sketched out her design and bought the...

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Seeking Spaciousness awe sacred space spaciousness stillness wonder Aug 19, 2023

When I look at the journal I keep during sessions with my spiritual director, I see a few themes. One of the most noticeable is "spaciousness." As I read that word, I know exactly what it represents for me.

I like to stay busy. I love the work I do in the world, and sometimes I have trouble...

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Wisdom Tree Collective Student Spotlight: Meet Abby Buter Jul 16, 2023

 

“I had been searching for a spiritual direction program to join for many years, but nothing felt right. The Wisdom Tree Collective came along at the perfect time. This program teaches us how to be spiritual directors, but it also pushes us to turn inward and pay attention to our own...

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"Holy Watching," The Spiritual Practice of Dreamwork: A Retreat with Laura Huff Hileman on July 22–23, 2023 Jun 10, 2023

How might you become a “holy watcher” when it comes to your nighttime dreams?

Join us as we ground our learning in the Tree of Life and the story of King Nebudchadnezzar’s dream then practice basic skills of being a “holy watcher” of our dreams through dreamwork and...

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