The “S” Word

We don’t use the word “sin” very often at NRCC because it has gotten kind of encrusted with toxic meanings over the centuries. However, it is an important spiritual concept. In this lesson we look at the double nature we tend to carry inside ourselves — we don’t want to deceive ourselves, but we are prone to […]

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Our Brains: A Blessing . . . And A Curse (2)

Last week, we saw how our brains have a built-in motivation system to get us up, out of bed, eating, drinking, procreating, and doing the things we need to further our lives and the species. The whole system is a real blessing. But it’s also a curse. It sucks us into a time-focus that is anything but […]

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Our Brains: A Blessing . . . And a Curse (1)

There are some chemicals in our brains that create a motivation cycle which really helps us. These chemicals get us out of bed, and motivate us to eat, and work, and make babies — all the stuff we need to do to sustain life. What a relief! When something goes wrong with these motivating chemicals in […]

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This lesson is about staying engaged in the present moment. It is about not borrowing regrets from the past — or anxiety from the future. But sometimes we don’t borrow regret or anxiety — we borrow relief, or respite. In our painful moments, it is much easier NOT to live in the present moment. So […]

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“No Such Thing As Time!” That’s Just Crazy!

Before you dismiss the idea of time not being the solid thing we all live in – you should hear what philosophers and physicists have to say. If time really is a persistent illusion in which we all live — what Jesus said about staying in the present moment — makes a lot of sense. […]

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I’m a Future-Fixate-er. You?

“Staying present to the moment.” It’s a buzz-phrase in contemplative circles these days. But what does it mean? Does it mean we don’t plan our futures? Does it mean we don’t interpret our pasts? If so, we’re pretty much out of luck. Who can do that? I don’t think it means either of those things. […]

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