Entries by Lori A. Noonan

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Promise me

Promise me  Often: Promise me “you’ll be good,” says one. Promise me “you’ll stay,” says the other. Promise me “you’ll always be mine,” they say in unison.   Instead, Promise me you’ll be you. Promise me you’ll be true to you and to me And not to whom you think I desire you to be […]

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Planting seeds now and for well into the future

Planting seeds and envisioning orchards In elementary school, our teacher often told the folkloric tale of Johnny Appleseed (whom I researched recently to find out was a real person named John Chapman — an early American colonist and missionary —  who was a member of the New Church of Christianity). While details of his life […]

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Dream Theme 2019: Guiding you as your North Star

Using a dream theme as your north star A star, a star, shining in the night…will bring us goodness and light. At holiday time, we hear songs that highlight the stars in the sky and how they lead us in holy directions and toward holy destinations.  They light our path, and lead us ‘home.’ Following […]

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Emerging from a slumber: Lessons from nature this time of year

Emerging from a slumber As we approach Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere – I honor that it is a time when nature nears its completion of its turn toward what we experience as the “shortest” days of the year.  The days are not actually shorter; we simply experience them as shorter because we “see” […]

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Why do we resist change? (Or, do we?)

Why do we resist change? In this edition of Soul Notes, let’s talk about change.  I’m not talking about change for change’s sake.  I’m referring to those anticipated or even avoided changes that gnaw at us, and keep us at best distracted or at worst completely stuck, immobile, and hunkering down and ducking from opportunities […]

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Protection from untoward forces affords access to the deeper wisdom: aad guray nameh

The power of sound and word Mantra is a form of sound current meditation, and as such serves to clear the mind, and balance the brain hemispheres.  For millennia, yogis have chanted mantras for a variety of purposes.  All of them provide an effective way of controlling and directing the mind’s thoughts and a beneficial […]

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The power of remaining calm

Calm among the chaos As details continue to surface surrounding the rescue of the 12 young soccer players and their coach from miles deep within a set of interlocking waterways flowing between the jagged rocks of sea caves, we are learning that among other amazing aspects of this story, meditation likely played a key role […]