PODCAST

Friends for the Journey

Kathrin Gabriel-Jones , Encouragement Coach for Ministering to Ministers Foundation

Dedicated to the support and advocacy of all who minister along the path of life, Friends for the Journey encourages support, love, and compassion to all vocational workers, clergy, caregivers, ministers, educators, and providers.Friends for the Journey intends to inspire... The realization that there are many different ways to ask for and receive Help.To recall the possibility of Hope can be a rebelliously loving act.Consider that Healing might be possible when they least expect it, andan Experience of personal Renewal through connection, community, and curiosity.
Reflection: Change is Hard. Here's Hoping for the Future
Change happens during the course of our lives. Regardless of the form in which change appears along our road, there’s a certain time of upheaval followed (we hope) by a growing sense of comforting familiarity.  Change is afoot in the world of the Ministering to Ministers Foundation! A new home, a renewed commitment, a renewing sense of a purpose in the world, all of this begins to unfold for Ministering to Ministers in the halls of the Center for Lifelong Learning in Columbia Theological Seminary.And there is some change unfolding for Kathrin Gabriel-Jones, too!  A new podcast, which is introduced in this episode. Thank you for being a Friend for the Journey!  Some links to share:To learn more about the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, please click here. The Here’s Hoping: Conversations with Kathrin podcast is available on most podcast platforms.  Be sure to subscribe to learn what’s happening next! Kathrin Gabriel-Jones is proud to continue developing and hosting this Friends for the Journey podcast. To contact Kathrin, you are welcome to send her a note here. Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:              Ministering to Ministers              Ministering to Ministers Wellness Retreats              Ministering to Ministers Resources: Forced Termination              Ministering to Ministers: The Problem              Ministering to Ministers Resources: Books Music for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Mar 11 2021
15 mins
Reflection: On Being A Friend for the JourneyOne Retrospective of Friends for the Journey
2020 surprised the world, taking everyone completely off guard.  The entire world became plunged into the wake of unexpected transition and upheaval.  As 2021 dawned across the world, the upheaval of the pandemic continues.  Yet the world, our world that still swims upstream against the upheaval of the pandemic and the unknown, remains united in confusion and the unknown. Throughout each of the conversations with Friends for the Journey, we’ve explored a lot of different aspects of how, after the unexpected transition, we can continue moving through our lives and into our future. So, the Friends for the Journey will begin weaving these threads of wisdom together over the next months, crafting a network of friends to hold us as we move into this new future together.   Today, we take threads from Dr. Rev. Skip Irby, Dr. Roberta Damon, and Pastor AbbyLynn Haskell.  Happy Weaving, friend.  Some links to share: Kathrin Gabriel-Jones has been proud to develop and host this Friends for the Journey podcast. To contact Kathrin, you are welcome to send her a note here. Links to the full episodes can be found below:Pastor Skip Irby: Grief, Fatigue, and PandemicRoberta Damon: Warming Ourselves at the Hearth of HopeAbbyLynn Haskell: Hope ChangesMany thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to MinistersMinistering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced TerminationMinistering to Ministers: The ProblemMinistering to Ministers Resources: Books Music for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Feb 18 2021
37 mins
Reflection: When the Wind Blows...Step by Step
When unexpected change overtakes us, it’s sometimes difficult to tell what’s up and what’s down. After all, when things are happening fast, it’s hard to keep trackAfter the upheaval has ended, we’re left standing in the debris, still wondering how to go on. But you can.  Even if you need to take a beat and take a breath before you take another step. Kathrin shares a gift of wisdom she received from a trusted mentor, which helped her take a beat and take a breath before taking another step. What is some wisdom you’ve received along your journey? Some links to share:Covid-19: Resilient Educator Toolkit is dedicated to the support of teachers and educators, students, parents, and families. (last accessed 01/21/2021)“Too Many Pastors Are Falling on Their Own Swords”, by Jakob Topper explores the line pastors walk between caring for congregations and sacrificing themselves for congregations (last accessed 1/21/2021)HelpGuide, a nonprofit mental health and wellness website, shares the following article that includes five tips for dealing with anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as anytime anxiety and uncertainty occur in upheaval: Dealing with Uncertainty During the Coronavirus Pandemic.  (last accessed 1-21-2021)Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to MinistersMinistering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced TerminationMinistering to Ministers: The ProblemMinistering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Feb 11 2021
10 mins
Roberta Damon: Gratitude, Generosity, and Hope, Oh My!
Promises made, promises kept: the foundations for friendship and heartfelt conversations.  As promised, Roberta Damon and Kathrin sit down for a meandering dialogue through the forests of thought, feelings, and belief.  Stories are shared, discoveries are made, and they encounter gratitude, generosity, and hope….oh my! Some links to share:Here’s a link to the movie, Pay It Forward  Roberta’s Four Thoughts about Gratitude (and Generosity & Hope, but mainly Gratitude):1.      Gratitude can help us not be defined by the injustices in our lives.  Don’t let the injustices define us and who we are.2.      By being Grateful, we become more Generous…. Likewise, by being more Generous, we become more Grateful.3.    What kind of Person do You want to be?               Look around you,             Observe how others treat people, and             Decide the Person you wish to be in the world.4.      Gratitude (and Generosity and Hope) can make you more compassionate and selfless.Roberta’s quote about people…The nicest people in the world are in church.Aaaaaand…..The meanest people in the world are in church.Kathrin used the phrase, Lord, protect me from your followers. Did you know there’s a movie called, Lord, Save Us From Your Followers? Well, there are bumper stickers that say Lord, save me from your followers. Here’s an article titled, “Please Lord, Save Me From Your Followers” written by Lorelei Nettles, which asks a great question. Kathrin found it challenging to find a biography about Alice L. Humphrey, author, so if you have any information about Alice L Humphrey, please let Kathrin know!  Here is the list of books Roberta mentioned:Angels in PinaforesHeaven in My HandThe Lady in Red (a story in the book, Heaven in My Hand)And both Angels in Pinafores & Heaven in My Hand are available at Amazon!Edgar Allen PoeThe Cask of Amontillado (acknowledgment to AmericanEnglish.Englich.Gov)Edgar Allan Poe House in RichmondHappy Birthday to Pastor Peter James Flamming, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church!Pastor Jim SommervilleLove Lives On is an online resource center dedicated to educating families in end-of-life issues, including Writing Your Own Epitaph                Roberta’s epitaph: “Y’know, She Left It Better Than She Found It.”        &n
Feb 4 2021
51 mins
Reflection: Mind the GapNancy Lubin: Weaving Language & Meaning
A professional aromatherapist, certified lifecoach, and professional weaver for over 50 years with five floor looms in active use, Nancy Lubin understands the nuanced connection between the many threads in the human experience.   With insight and humor as her companions, Nancy explores a tapestry of conversation about the meaning inherent to the language we use, the imagery formed from our words, and the connections developed and nourished within those moments we share.  Some links to share: Nancy Lubin can be found on her website.                        About Nancy                        Nancy’s Designs                        Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Definitions of Resilience on Free Dictionary Here are a few videos about floor looms:Weaving on a Floor Loom, found on Life of a Homemaker.Michelle Driver’s video about the floor loom she uses for Threefold Designs. And finally, Kelly Casanova’s video shows a different perspective of the weaving process. Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:            Ministering to Ministers            Ministering to Ministers Wellness Retreats            Ministering to Ministers Resources: Forced Termination            Ministering to Ministers: The Problem            Ministering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Jan 21 2021
51 mins
Reflection: When the Future Becomes the Present
Jan 14 2021
11 mins
Beverley Buston, PhD. - Peaks & Valleys on the Mountain of Faith
Kathrin sits down with Dr. Beverley Buston, missionary, psychologist, nurse, helper, and mountain woman.  The conversation ranges across the landscape of thought and faith, yet Beverly keeps us grounded with pragmatism, care, and faith. Welcome, friend. It’s great to have you with us for the journey. Some links to share:The full biography and profile of Beverley Buston, PhD., 2013 recipient of the Campbell-Wallace Achievement for Distinguished Service Award, can be viewed on the Ministering to Ministers website here. Beverley speaks of the West Virginia mountains with much love and emotion.  Looking at the mountains themselves explains why.  You can explore the beautiful mountains throughout the West Virginia landscape here, on the West Virginia Explorer website. During our conversation, the phrase “moving from either/or to both/and: The Theology of Work explores this phrase in this lovely article, Moving from Either/Or to Both/And (last accessed on 1/2/21) Bagavad Gita and The Mabinogion can both be explored on GoodReads. Dr. Beverley mentioned the mission work she’s done through her church. You can see the various ministries and missions of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia on their website. NPR’s moving obituary of Congressman John Lewis details his remarkable life, achievements, and his continued encouragement for others to get into good trouble. Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:              Ministering to Ministers              Ministering to Ministers Wellness Retreats              Ministering to Ministers Resources: Forced Termination              Ministering to Ministers: The Problem              Ministering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Jan 7 2021
41 mins
Reflection: The End of the BeginningLaurie Curtis: Swimming in the Deep End of the Pool
Once upon a time, When I found m’self lost In a tizzy & a flurry,I met this person, Laurie. Laurie Curtis is happy to wear a collection of hats in her work with her clients and in her life.  In our conversation, we dive deep into the topics of hope and resilience, trauma, and the confluence of them all in the journey in our lives. Early in our conversation, I tell Laurie that I just wanted to “dive into the deep end.” With grace and insight, Laurie and Kathrin swim easily into the depths of heartfelt conversation, and rise back up to the surface together, ready to welcome you along the way.Some links to share: CurtisEase CoachingLaurie Curtis’ Traumatic Incident Reduction pageLaurie Curtis’ Character Strengths pageLife Stress Reduction Program Laurie’s equation for resilience: Resilience = Hope + ActionLaurie’s acrostic of CHANGEC – ClarifyH – HopeA – ActionN – NavigateG – Growing E - ExpandBarbara Frederickson             Positive emotions Traumatic Incident Reduction Association of AmericaTraumatic Incident Reduction Institute of Maine Family Systems TheoryAn Introduction to Genogram, the symbols of family systems theoryMany thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:              Ministering to Ministers              Ministering to Ministers Wellness Retreats             Ministering to Ministers Resources: Forced Termination              Ministering to Ministers: The Problem             Ministering to Ministers Resources: Books Music for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Dec 24 2020
59 mins
Reflection: One Expression of Prayer
There are many different expressions of and words for prayer.  And, I think, everyone has an idea of what prayer means in their own life. Regardless of what it means for you, I offer a prayer for anyone who’s listening. I offer it in love and hope for the space between us to be blessed with peace and health. Some links to share:Some Resources from LearnReligions.com about different perspectives on prayer:Judaism:    Guide to Jewish Prayer and Worship     The Kaddish PrayerEcumenical:      A Parent's Prayer for Teens Islam:     The 5 Muslim Daily Prayer Times and What They Mean       Islamic Prayer Beads: Subha       The Adhan: The Islamic Call to PrayerSikhism       Mala Rosary Beads in Sikhism Hinduism       Praying in HinduismChristianity:       5 Types of Prayer       The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi Pagan       How to Make Pagan Prayer Beads         The Role of Prayer in Paganism Ministering to Ministers Foundation Prayer Ministry:  Have a Prayer? Let us know. We will pray for you.And, of course, Ministering to Ministers: We Are Here for You Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to MinistersMinistering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced TerminationMinistering to Ministers: The ProblemMinistering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Dec 17 2020
10 mins
Roberta Damon: Forgiveness, Clothing, and Roses
As promised, Kathrin and Roberta sit down for another fantastic conversation, this time diving into the intersection of hope and cynicism, what forgiveness means, and why each person deserves the chance to make their own choice about forgiving someone who has caused harm.While both Roberta and Kathrin share stories during their conversation, each one humorous and poignant in turn, Roberta reflects on the story she’d shared as a clinical facilitator at Wellness Retreats provided by the Ministering to Ministers foundation. As the friendship between Roberta and Kathrin grows during this episode, they invite you to join them.  Welcome, friend. It’s great to have you with us for the journey.Some links to share:Why Memorizing Stuff Can Be Good for You (Forbes, by Natalie Wexler, 2019)Memorizing Poetry: Why You Should Be Memorizing Poetry (Medium, by Benya Clark, 2018)Got Poetry (by Jim Holt, New York Times, 2009) The origins of cynicism: TedEx video: https://youtu.be/Utzym1I_BiY One perspective on cynicism from The School of Life                  (Here is the link to The School of Life YouTube channel.)  Sources about the Jerzy Bielcki & Cyla Cybulska story:From Haaretz: Former Inmate Recalls Daring, Romantic Escape from AuschwitzFrom The New York Times: Jerzy Bielecki Dies at 90 Fell in Love in a Nazi CampFrom Yadvashem, The Stories of Six Righteous Among the Nations From Keene State College, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies   Roberta’s Website: RobertaDamon.meBooks authored by Roberta:A Voice Beyond WeepingDear Mrs. Noah: Letters to Unnamed Women of the BibleRoberta’s Introduction to Dear Mrs. Noah on YouTubeDear Abishag: Letters to Little Known Women of the BibleTheirs Is the KingdomRoberta M. Damon, PhD, recipient of the Ministering to Ministers’ Campbell-Wallace Award Interested in Contacting Roberta? Send her a note here. Also:Lewis B. Smedes’ book, Forgive & Forget, Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve   Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to Mi
Dec 10 2020
48 mins
Reflection: Tradition Reinvented, Tradition Reclaimed
Traditions are a part of the human experience. Some traditions are passed down from generation to generation. Others appear in our lives as a result of a deeply meaningful experience, either shared with others or in one’s own life. Ultimately, traditions provide a stable place by which we trace the passing of seasons and the course of our lives and relationships.And occasionally, something forces a fundamental change in the tradition on which we’ve come to rely because of an illness, death of a loved one, a move to a different country or city, maybe even a global pandemic. This change could impact one single traditional event, or it could completely upend our personal understanding of what this tradition has meant and could mean to us in the future. Sometimes we need to reinvent a tradition. Other times we need to reclaim it. In order for either of these things to happen, we need to be willing to ask “what does tradition mean to me?”Some links to share:S. Bear Bergman, an award-winning writer, storyteller, and educator, wrote Make Socially Distanced Holidays Fun and Special. https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dpm9d/make-socially-distanced-holidays-fun-and-specialThe Importance of Keeping Up Holiday Traditions During Covid-19 published on EVOLVE Teen Treatment Center’s website (https://evolvetreatment.com/blog/holiday-traditions-covid/ )Adapting Holiday Traditions During Coronavirus accessed from PBS, https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/adapting-holiday-traditions-during-coronavirus Almost every healthcare agency, both private and public, has at least one article about navigating traditions in changing times. It might be worth it to see what’s being published in your area.  Here is an article by the national healthcare coordinator, Solv: 16 COVID -Takes on Holiday Traditions  https://www.solvhealth.com/blog/covid-takes-on-holiday-traditionsAnd traditions can become even more meaningful sometimes. FeedingAmerica has these suggestions in their article, Start These 5 Covid-Friendly Holiday Traditions That Give Back    https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/start-these-5-covid-friendly-holiday-traditions-give-back And, of course, Ministering to Ministers: We Are Here for YouMany thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to MinistersMinistering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced TerminationMinistering to Ministers: The ProblemMinistering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Dec 3 2020
9 mins
Gregory Reinauer: There's Something Here We Haven't Seen Yet...
Kathrin sits down with colleague and friend Gregory Reinauer, who introduces beautiful perspectives about music, conversation, and actively engaging hope in our lives. A bass musician trained at Berklee College of Music, Gregory shares how good ears support an understanding of the foundation that unites all the different strains of music within our lives.  Together, Gregory and Kathrin explore new possibilities of creativity, music, faith, and – as Gregory says - that there’s something here that we have not yet seen that is here to emerge for all of us and to be interested in that.  (A tip o’the hat to Gregory!) How do we face the challenges and trials of the world? Gregory stands at the edge of that question and does not flinch during a heart-warming, thought-provoking dialogue about the faith that we are part of a universe that we cannot fall out of. Join us for a conversation rich with laughter and inspiration.  You are in the right place, friend. Welcome.*PostScript: I realized after our conversation that I’d mistakenly attributed “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well” to Teresa of Avila rather than Julian of Norwich. There I go being human again! Some links to share:Gregory Reinauer Creative Action Coaching Crash Course for a Resilient Life Berklee College of Music in BostonThe Casket of Dr Caligari Joanna MacyTeresa of Avila And Please note, Kathrin misquoted the phrase “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” This, along with many other fantastic quotes, is attributed to Julian of Norwich, not Teresa of Avila. (Heavens to mergetroid!)Original links to the Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) source for Rabbi Tarfon’s quote,  “It is not your duty to finish the work of perfecting the world), but neither are you at liberty to neglect it.”George Kao (link to the Friends for the Journey episode) https://www.buzzsprout.com/1363012/5525260 Dag Hammarskjöld (Link in Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/946904.Dag_Hammarskj_ld)  “For all that has been, thank you. For all that is to come, yes.” https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/35474-for-all-that-has-been-thank-you-for-all-that  Gregory recommends the music of Melodeego. Thank you, Gregory!Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to Ministers  Ministering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced Termination
Nov 26 2020
41 mins
Reflection: The Mythical Beauty of Silence
Nov 19 2020
9 mins
Michael Chittum: The Surprise & Challenge Along the Journey
Kathrin gets to share some wonderful conversation and laughter with her friend, Michael Chittum, who has walked alongside Ministering to Ministers in their service to others and been a Friend for the Journey to many over the past twenty-five years.  Michael’s years as a pastor and leader have culminated in this work as the Executive Director of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, which is most often abbreviated to simply “N.A.”.  During their dialogue, Michael shares how he’s been guided throughout his journey, what matters most to him, and how these inform his life. Welcome, Friend. It’s great to have you with us.Some links to share:John Killinger’s profile          A listing of books by John Killinger.            The novel Michael mentioned: Jessie The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC)  The origins of the Triquetra symbol are unclear, but it has remained a constant throughout the ages. If you’re not sure what a Triquetra looks like, here are two examples here.Henri Nouwen           Books written by Henri Nouwen          The Wounded Healer, available to review on Goodreads Parker Palmer         Books by Parker PalmerMany thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to MinistersMinistering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced TerminationMinistering to Ministers: The ProblemMinistering to Ministers Resources: Books Music for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Nov 12 2020
47 mins
Reflection: After an Altering Event
At the time of this recording, voting has just ended for the Presidential Election, a pandemic is currently sweeping across the planet, extreme weather events continue to cause record flooding, drought, and wildfires, and hundreds of species of animals of every size face extinction every day.There’s a lot happening in the world.And that’s just in the world. What about what’s happening in your own life?  When an event – any event – alters our lives, we have to keep going on. And that’s hard.  But sometimes when our lives become upended because of the actions and decisions of other people, as in a forced termination or a medical separation from your career, or the thoughtless words of another person, or the discrimination and prejudice because of how you look or who you love, that altering event becomes even more complicated and painful.And that’s worth looking at.  Because you matter, that’s right, I’ll say it again, You Matter. You’re not alone. Below are resources to use and share:            Veterans Crisis Line            National Suicide Prevention Lifeline            National Domestic Violence Hotline            National Child Abuse Hotline            The Trevor Project            Trans Lifeline             RAINN Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline             Immigration Advocates Network             American Addiction Centers Alcohol & Drug Hotlines            Ministering to Ministers: We Are Here for You The natural world provides much calming support. Of course, we’re not always able to get back to nature when we’d like to, so here’s a little bit of the natural world for you:                 Monterey Bay Aquarium: Moon Jelly LiveCamMany thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:            Ministering to Ministers            Ministering to Ministers Wellness Retreats            Ministering to Ministers Resources: Forced Termination            Ministering to Ministers: The Problem            Ministering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Nov 5 2020
9 mins
DJ Kinney: Rhyming Our Way Through History
Kathrin gets to sit down with Dr. DJ Kinney, a historian who looks into dangerous chapters in history without flinching, to talk about hope and cynicism in a changing world. DJ Kinney researches, produces and hosts The Cold War Vault podcast, which looks at this secretive period of history and peels back the curtain to reveal the humanity within. There’s a lot going on in the world right now. No matter when you read this, something is going on in the world. Maybe there’s something shaking up your life. Maybe your world has undergone a slow, tectonic shift over several years or a sudden, massive upheaval.  Yet however change happens around us, we are left trying to find our way through the history we remember, the present we might not recognize, and a future we can hardly imagine. Yet we keep going on, hoping that we can look back on our lives to understand what has transpired. Here are some links to what we discussed in our conversation:About The Cold War VaultThe three-part series of the Cold War Vault, The Otters of Amchitka:                      The Otters of Amchitka, Part 1, 2 & 3 Clay Lamps through history at the Milwaukee Public Museum:                Oil Lamp Classifications                Image of Byzantine slipper lampPliny the Elder & Pompeii:  “A Voyage into Catastrophe: Pompeii and the Roman Navy” by Will Mather, Western Australia Museum "The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 AD," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (1999)The “Great Man Theory” of History “Is There Still Value in ‘Great Man’ History?”, Four articles about the Great Man Theory of history in History Today“The Great Man Theory”, Villanova University History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” Fall 2018 Ohio Wesleyan University Feature by Richard North Patterson  Many thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation. Ministering to MinistersMinistering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced TerminationMinistering to Ministers: The ProblemMinistering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Oct 29 2020
41 mins
Reflection: There We Go Being Human Again
It’s that familiar feeling that never feels good: that realization of making a mistake, overlooking something important, missing a deadline, speaking when listening might be the better option…There we go, being human again. I first heard this phrase from a wise woman I met who, upon hearing me berate myself for an oversight, said There you go, being human again...did you think you were immune?That Oh no! feeling: during those last inches of empty space after missing the last step while going downstairs...as your hand knocks against something on the counter that begins to whirl and tilt... hearing the thoughts that had been rolling around inside your own head coming out of your mouth at the point when a conversation transforms into an argument…realizing what day it really is after a bad (or good) night’s sleep...losing time in the whirlwind of news stories, bad stories, epic tales, or a lovely conversation…That moment...it’s universal for all of us...there we go, being human.Some links to share:Call them what you will, everybody experiences them now and again: meltdowns. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-art-of-the-meltdown-11602015018 From the Iona Community, this short, prayerful meditative prayer soothes and comforts: https://youtu.be/iMU1k845KuEThe natural world provides much calming support. Of course, we’re not always able to get back to nature when we’d like to, so here’s a little bit of the natural world for you:Monterey Bay Aquarium: Moon Jelly LiveCamMonterey Bay Aquarium: Monterey Bay LiveCamMany thanks to Ministering to Ministers, who produce and support this podcast.  Please check out the resources available through this fantastic foundation:Ministering to MinistersMinistering to Ministers Wellness RetreatsMinistering to Ministers Resources: Forced TerminationMinistering to Ministers: The ProblemMinistering to Ministers Resources: BooksMusic for this episode has been legally purchased from AudioJungle. License available upon request
Oct 22 2020
7 mins

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