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Monday’s Random Thought: The Light April 4, 2016

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Another heart captured in nature and sent to me by someone who knows I will smile. Just like hearts are found in nature so is light, everywhere.

My dog snores as the sun comes through the window, making a patchwork of light on his dark fur.

As Buford is bathed in radiance,  I remember the prayer request on FaceBook this morning, the candle still burning in the kitchen. When a prayer request comes my way I respond by imagining the ones in need bathed in bright-warm-glorious-light just like the sunshine now warming my dog’s body underneath the window.

If I can, I also respond by getting out the matches. I light a candle. Envision more light. Invite God to do what She does best. Heal and shine.

Light heals. Light gives us strength to say, Hey, I could use some prayers today.

When I am lost, I ask. Then I walk toward the light. If the sky is dark, I get out the matches.

Hi,  I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

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Monday’s Random Thought: A Way not a Thing May 4, 2015

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When it comes to prayer it is not one passive action completed then done with altogether. To me prayer is a way of being and how I strive to live my life. Prayer is personal, individual and the line of communication in your spiritual relationship with God or however you refer to your Higher Power.

 

It is not just a thing because it has a vast array of methods to be demonstrated. One can sing praise in the shower, on a walk, in church or driving down the highway. Prayer can be wordless. A piece of art, a conversation with a friend,  a letter can all be ways to give thanks, honor, recognize and be in awe of God’s miracles. Silence is my favorite form of prayer. The creation of a garden is an ongoing prayer, life and death in an endless pattern.

 

Prayer is much more than asking for help, it is being willing to sit still in the silence and listen to the voice within. It is about trust, surrender and faith. I receive God’s answers through interaction with another person and hearing the still, quiet voice within.  There is no one way to communicate with God.

 

When another asks me to pray for them, I immediately respond, “Done.” Their words have been spoken, now I surround those words with light and love, believing all will be well not matter the outcome.

 

In the past I have made prayer so complicated, rambling on without listening thinking I never have the time to pray. It can happen along with everything else. Washing the dishes, walking the dog, driving to work can all happen in the midst of prayer.

 

Prayer is a dance. There are times you get up and move your feet and times you wait your turn. Listening deeply, finding your own rhythm, dancing and singing in union with Divine Mystery. Living profoundly in every moment, making your life a prayer.

 

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, her restorative retreats for women business, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Abundance April 15, 2013

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Saturday morning I really felt old when I got out of bed, my body ached. I had been waking up with lower back pain for quite some time and was pretty certain it was time for a new mattress. Hubby and I have had the same  queen size mattress our whole marriage, nearly fifteen years.

Saturday morning in yoga class before the sweat started to pour out of my skin I said a sort of prayer, “I would like a new, free queen size mattress.”  Then I let it go. I stopped the mind chatter of, “That is not what we want to spend our money on right now, hubby thinks mattress is fine, how can I possibly get a free, new mattress.” I just released the intention, believed it could happen, then got busy with my yoga class.

Same day, still Saturday, six or so hours later hubby says, “Oh, I forgot to tell you, while I was mowing the lawn and you were at yoga, neighbor, R, came over and says they have a two year old queen size mattress they can’t use any more it’s on their front porch, if we want it.”

I couldn’t move. I stood in the hallway and let the tears fall as hubby and daughter looked at me like I just found out someone had died.

“I just asked the Universe for a new mattress, you bet I want it, let’s go over there right now.”

Now some could argue that the neighbor would have offered the mattress, regardless of my words that morning. Go ahead argue, dispute, call it a coincidence. But I every fiber in my body tells me God heard me and I got out of the way so that I could receive an abundant gift from this overflowing Universe.

I told R about my morning prayer, hope, wish about a mattress. He smiled and said, “Well, I was just going to take it to Good Will, so I am so glad you can use it.”

The last two mornings I have woken up free of lower back pain.

We have everything we need, all of us. I know for me I just have to get out of my own way to receive the abundance this world has to offer.

 

Monday’s Random Thought: The Most You Can Do December 17, 2012

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When tragedy hits, this brings out so much energy in all of us. It brings out fear for sure, but the opposite of fear is love. And love is what I have been feeling from those who have offered up hugs on the playground of my own children’s school, since the Connecticut tragedy on Friday.

We all want to do something. A sick feeling rests in our guts and guilt, anger, sadness, confusion rise to the surface.  Then we look at our own children and all we feel is LOVE. Big love. We want to do something, we want to help.

Often in the midst of loss we say to others, “Well, all I can do is pray for you.” I say that is THE MOST you can do. Light and love and more beautiful healing light and more love, needs to surround not just those effected by Friday’s deaths but all of us. We can start with sending out positive loving energy to the perpetrator and his family, then to those left standing to clean up all the mess.

We want to send money, take action and all this is good, very good, but might I invite you to start with one simple step? And it is the most you can do. Shift from fear to love and send that light energy out in a swirl of hope so that all can reap the healing power of its blessing.

I don’t care who you pray to, or even if you don’t believe in any God right now in your life, or ever, we are all in this TOGETHER. And now is the time to believe in the amazing power of LOVE and to live it, walk it, be it. Our world needs LOVE now more than ever. There is no right or wrong way as long as your first intention is to love.

That is the most we can do.

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Prayer Hand October 1, 2012

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Our son has his rituals. They are evident in his play, meal time, conversations, interactions, habits, school routine, on the soccer field. There are things that he does, that in his mind if he doesn’t do them, everything will be wrong. He thrives on structure and order.

This morning, he didn’t want to go to school. He tells me this every Monday. Transitioning from the weekend is hard for him. Instead of getting anxious myself as I notice the time on the clock, I take a deep breath.  As he gets big and mad and sad all at once telling me, I don’t want to go to school, I give him a choice.

Honey, we can run to school right now and make it on time or we can walk slowly and be late.

He grabs my hand and we walk slowly. I don’t freak out about him being late and he calms down. This was our prayer this morning. Walking hand in hand, breathing in each other’s silence we made it just two minutes after the bell and all is well. No one got in trouble.  We breathed in the peace we both needed.  How much more can a prayer be if it isn’t that? I didn’t ask God to help me. I didn’t ask God to help my son. I held out my hand, I took a breath, believing God, the Universe, the Holy Spirit, Divine Mystery would help us. I had faith the details would be handled. No words. Just surrendered to the moment with a breath.

Mama, he said before I said good bye at school. I looked down and saw him open the palm of my hand and I felt his kiss touch my skin, like I do every morning. Then he held out his hand for me to do the same. I kissed his palm and he placed his hand on his cheek.

How many hours, mama?

Six. I will see you in six hours. Just like I tell him five days a week.

One more kiss more than his ritual calls for, an extra hug beyond the routine, a couple minutes later than usual,  but with new awareness from my heart that a breath made the transition easier. And some hand holding was all the prayer the morning needed.

by J.G. McGlothern

For more thoughts on prayer, read my blog from Friday http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com/2012/09/fridays-free-refill-prayer/

on www.mamaneedsarefill.com.

 

Breath Prayer — Breath Part IV May 27, 2011

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While breathing with the llamas this past weekend on Whidbey Island I learned about breath prayer. How to create one – how to let it evolve. Using it this week has moved me to a new place and although prayer is so personal and intimate I want to share it with you.

Breath prayer has a history I’ve already forgotten because I have taken the part that works for me and applied it to my life. One week into this and I am talking like I have been doing it for years — well, in some ways I have. I just now have a name for it.

A breath prayer has two parts and in general the whole of it makes up 6 to 9 syllables. The first part is a praise or name you have for God: Beautiful Creator, Source, Mystery, Big Guy in Sky, Loving Mother, Father, Abba, Yahweh,….you get the idea, the bigger picture outside of yourself. The second part consists of your petition or desire: Grant me, Lead me, Show me, Teach me…express your deepest desire in a few short words. Is your desire wisdom, love, patience, peace, joy, trust? Lay it out before your God in a long deep breath.

I created one that has been working for me and drawing me out of my head to a place of love. I utter it to myself when I got off track, think negative thoughts that aren’t doing any good. Mine has even turned into a song, I hum it now not just when I need to get back on track, it is becoming part of me. And isn’t that what prayer is? An inhale and an exhale. The less words the better so you can hear the beauty that comes in the silence. The gift in a simple breath.

by J.G. McGlothern

 

Candle Light — Prayer Part IV May 27, 2010

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A few years ago I attended a writer’s workshop on a Pacific Coast island, not far from my home.  Our leader talked about creating our own space to write.  She gave us some helpful tools indicating we don’t need a room of our own to write in, we can create that space where ever we go.

And just now, as I sit to write this at 11 o’ clock at night I am reminded of how I can make this crowded, cluttered office space in our basement, my own space, a room of my own.  And it is with the same tool I use to pray…a candle.

It’s been cold and raining a lot the last few days even though the Lilac tree has bloomed and gone and school will be out in a few weeks. So I did what I do a lot of in the winter, lit candles.  The aroma warms me and the light calms me filling me with quiet joy.

When a friend calls to say she needs prayers or I read about something in the newspaper that disturbs me, I don’t confuse the issue with words, nor do I fall to my knees with my hands open to the sky.  I just light a candle.  The light of the candle reminds me others are hurting and need light.  And then frankly, I forget about it. I thought of my friend’s need when I lit the candle and now the rest will play out as intended.

Tonight, I wanted to write, I wasn’t feeling like I was done with this Prayer Series, but I also am reading a couple of good books and wanted to get to bed and read one of them.  To bless my writing time, honor it as my sacred my space, I brought the sweet smelling candle lit in the kitchen down to the basement.  I didn’t need a perfectly clean office to be present to the light of the candle.  The flame was enough to carry me to the space of filling the blank page. 

We don’t need to be perfect to come to prayer all we need to do is light the match, the rest will happen as intended.

by J.G. McGlothern