Take a 2 1/2 Minute Forest Bath: Soul Sculpting Project

I recently took my first walk in a pine forest. I have walked through lots of pine forests, but never intentionally in one. I have considered an evergreen forest to be just something that blocks my view.  I took my intentional pine forest walk because I’ve been learning a few things lately about evergreen forests…

5 Minutes of Relaxed Attention in Nature: Soul Sculpting Project

The view of the Cimarron and San Juan Mountain ranges was postcard beautiful as we drove by. I grabbed a moment of attention for them, but then returned to my focus to our conversation. My friend and I were deep in the plot of sharing our stories from the past weeks. Personal joys, family events,…

Unplug A Little: Soul Sculpting Project

On the first trip we were camping in Cunningham Gulch, a narrow valley tucked between towering mountains. The clouds were gathering and I’m always vigilant for thunderstorms, so before I set out on my hike I pulled out my phone to update my weather.  No bars, no internet available. I set out on my hike…

One Skill for Improving Tough Conversations:Soul Sculpting

The conversation yesterday was pathetic. The other person communicated honestly, offering good questions. I was the problem.  In the past I might have said to myself “Okay, talking doesn’t work for me. Just be quiet.” But I’ve tried that just be quiet technique often enough to know that it doesn’t work either. I’ve tended to…

Intentional Fun: The Pleasure of Pursuing Faith with Kids 

When our two daughters were ages three and five we began taking some time every day to connect with God as a family. I didn’t know anyone else who did this, so we just made it up by scratch. We kept up this practice until our daughters went off to college. I have a firm…