the act or process of infusion // an infusion of new ideas [love]

Purpose: reset and re-establish a more loving relationship with my Self

How: infuse conscious acts of self-care and love during a chosen window of time

Personal love language for self care: Meditation & prayer, walks, water, eating with integrity*, journaling, meeting with friends, support of others, rest

Timeframe: Nov 1 – Nov 24, with possible renewal

Accountability: 1) to my Self and my journal 2) support others who show up

*Eating with Integrity (personal choices during this specific timeframe): fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, eggs and fish before 7pm

  • Breakfast: oatmeal, almond milk, fruit, seeds, eggs or nut butters
  • Lunch: veggies and grains
  • Dinner: veggie soup before 7pm
  • Snacks: fruits, nuts, veggies

NOTE TO READERS: I welcome text connection during this infusion timeframe if this feels like loving support to your own reset of self care. Contact me through the above CONTACT link about staying connected between now and November 24, 2021.

In Honor of Colin Powell

It was sometime around 1993/1994. I was learning a new life where practicing spiritual things was not virtuous – it was necessary to keeping my new life.

One key to this was being a student of Jim and Elaine Chambers’ teachings about prayer and meditation, and being introduced to THE Holy Spirit in a whole new and more personal way than I had known as a child. I would visit them once or twice a week. Their love and encouragement lead me to the most consistent spiritual practice, and not unrelated, one of the most precious and personal times with God that I have ever known.

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Finding Purchase

Finding purchase has a different meaning for me in the mountains than in the city.

In the city, finding purchase is about acquisition. Accumulation. Here, in the mountains and on our hikes, finding purchase relates to the quest and commitment in choosing which rock to place my boot on, or, deciding where to plant my walking stick before taking the next step.

Finding purchase, I notice, can be a sacred act of letting go of what was grounding for what will support the next step in moving forward. And, in the quiet companionship with my fellow hikers, finding my purchase can also be about the broader question that I brought with me to the mountain.

What’s next?

God, help me find purchase in your what’s next.

Bleed the Greed

“Don’t regulate,” they say. “People will do the right thing if government stays out of their lives.”

I doubt that as an absolute, but let’s prove them right with self-honesty about IF our family needs the government check that may show up. And, if we are not in need for food and shelter and resources for taking care of our health and our family, let’s consider donating it to a local food bank. Not in protest of anything but rather…in community and compassion. You know, a Jesus/divine humanity kind of thing. And a gentle, very human and practical way to bleed the greed.

Click on the following for easy links to give. Thank you, with love.

Houston Food Bank

West Houston Assistance Ministries

Fair Haven Food Bank

Feeding Texas

Feeding America

Time Marches On

Theresa & Toby Allen

I had no idea what massive changes were headed our way when I took this photo November, 2019. It was a few months before everything changed in our world. We have since lost too many people and another layer of innocence and trust.

It feels too soon to look back and fully understand what happened, the physical, emotional and social effects (subtle, direct, long-lasting and permanent), and how we can grow from this in love and practical care of ourselves and one another. But, this morning I am remembering my grandmother saying, “You can add years to your life or life to your years.”

Time marches on for some of us. Kitties grow up and I am graying. And I am asking myself, what can I add to this moment? From this place and where I am right now?