The New Year prompts us to check in on our values and our actions. Are we spending our time on what we say we value? A couple things you’ll need to process the lesson 1. watch THIS youtube 2. print out THIS form
Study any religion and you will encounter the Golden Rule. There is no way forward from all that divides us but this. It is as simple . . . and difficult . . . as that. (special thanks to Norman Rockwell)
Our brains have a negative bias. We must be intentional in stirring gratitude, or we can easily zombie through life missing everyday light and love. Stirring gratitude is a simple spiritual practice that returns to us twenty-fold.
Our independent Western instincts lead us away from connectedness. When we feel lonely, isolated and depressed, we focus on fixing ourselves. But counter-intuitively, self-focus only makes us more miserable. When we give ourselves in service to others, we heal ourselves in the process.
Americans are lonely people. Our lack of connectedness is literally killing us. The physical effects of loneliness include depression, anxiety, cardio vascular stress and suppressed immune systems. As technological and cultural trends move us further away from true connection, we must intentionally move toward it. The last part of the lesson is a video about […]
Our well-being is connected — to our connection — to others. And — our most powerful connections, are with those we think of as “the other.” When “they” become “us,” a deep source of our fear and anxiety is eliminated.
When we undertake the ancient spiritual practices, we find health. As we do, we build up reserves from which we can serve our hurting world. We are blessed so that we can bless others. It’s our way. It’s our cycle. Jump on.
Our Western instincts tend to view meditation as passivity in a world needing action. But no! Meditation helps us detach from agendas, anger, ego, and fear . . . so we can be active in the world. It helps bring our healthy selves, our loving selves to action. It gives us a chance . . […]
Often cringeworthy words for those who grew up in church, these ancient practices, when stripped to their essential purpose, can enliven our spiritual journeys. We believe they deserve a resurrection. Note: some folks found the introduction to the lesson triggering… some found it calming and reassuring. You’ll need to decide.
When you see what you hadn’t seen, your life can turn significantly. Turn from thought ruts and defeating habits. At NRCC, we use a worksheet to help us see what we hadn’t. And it’s true! Our lives do turn around. The ancients called the process “repentance.” They called it “confession.” Strip out the baggage those […]
In our pursuit of oneness that is not sameness, we ascribe to a basic set of time-tested spiritual practices to unify us. While each one of us must discern to which practices we are called, when to stretch, and when to rest.
When church is healthy, its place in society is to take the lead in helping, healing and hoping. Grace is needed at North Raleigh Community Church as we find the appropriate pace with which to step into our place.