November 06, 2020


The Bridge at the Bottom of the Hill 02 11-05-2020 — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Where do you turn 
when you have nowhere to turn? 

It's a serious question.

What holds you up?
What keeps you going?
What do you live for?
What is life for you?
What is your foundation?
Your ground?
Your center?
What is the rock solid,
adamantine core of your life
which nothing can knock you off of?
Your core certainty/conviction?
The one thing of which you are totally sure?
The one thing around which
your essential identity is eternally bonded?

What object or image reflects or expresses
the essence of your core?

Make or find a surrogate of the object or image
and carry it with you,
or create a sacred place for it to reside
at your home,
to be a constant reminder of what is so,
as a grounding/directing symbol
offering balance and harmony,
guidance and direction
amid the clashing rocks 
and heaving waves
of your life. 



Bog River Falls 01 09/29/2014 — Adirondack Park, Tupper Lake, New York, Oil Paint Rendering
It's been a while since I recommended
Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube Videos,
so here it comes!

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the father of Mindfulness
Based Stress Reduction.
He invented "be here now."
Not really, but, he has helped 
bring "being here now" into the lives
of millions of people worldwide,
and you would be remiss 
if you did not avail yourself
of what he has to offer.

So, watch all of his videos--
the shortest ones first.
And bring the regular practice
of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
into your life.

It will make all the difference
in the way you think about your life
and go about living it.

And in these times,
we can use all the help we can find!

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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