Renew 5: The benefits of play

Renew 5: The benefits of play
A few Sundays ago, I felt twisted like a pretzel. I longed to be relaxed like our dog Bailey stretching in the sun so I visited the Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center. Photo used by permission via Flickr User: Ed Bierman Several years ago, I would've forged ahead and ignored my need for play. I gave myself permission to spend forty-five minutes playing (i.e., having no purpose other than enjoy). As soon as I step onto the garden's grounds, its beauty slowly unwinds the coils around my soul. Pin... [More]

Renew 4: The work of perception (& 3 tips)

Renew 4: The work of perception (& 3 tips)
Last year, my husband and I went on a date to the San Jose Museum of Art*. Docent Martina G. of the San Jose Museum of Art held a mini iPad as the tour began in the museum’s light-filled lobby. Her blue eyes sparkled next to her buzzed blonde hair. Martina strolled to the front entrance and asked us to look up at the cathedral ceiling. Above us hung three different Chihuly sculptures with their waving sinewy glass tentacles, which we hadn’t earlier noticed. The largest one was mostl... [More]

Renew 3: Taking the first step in community

Renew 3: Taking the first step in community
This is the 3rd post in the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. The series is also inspired by what I've been reading about the neuroscience behind why we think and thus act the way we do, brain development from gestation onward and real change. Dear subscribers: I will (try to) blog 7 days straight as part of the #YourTurnChallenge then I return to my twice a week schedule on 1/27/15. This is day 2 of the challenge. ******... [More]

Renew 2: What you need to remember when you have a setback

Renew 2: What you need to remember when you have a setback
Welcome to the 2nd post in the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. This series is also inspired by what I've been reading about the neuroscience behind why we think and thus act the way we do, brain development from gestation onward and real change. Dear subscribers: I will blog 7 days straight as part of the #YourTurnChallenge then I return to my twice a week schedule on 1/27/15. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Martin Lu... [More]

Renew 1: It is okay to be in process

Renew 1: It is okay to be in process
Welcome to the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I pray it encourages you. This series is also inspired by what I've been reading about the neuroscience behind why we think and thus act the way we do, brain development from gestation onward and real change. One morning, I sat at my kitchen table with cinnamon raisin toast and a fried egg. As I read Holley's words, they affirmed a recent post where I told myself to embrace the process." Holley's words felt like a hug as I rea... [More]