Sculpting Project 26: Welcoming Prayer

Sculpting Project 26: Welcoming Prayer I was sitting with the worship team listening to the prelude music when I notice the wave of grief approaching. Heidi, our elderly mother goat had died early that morning, leaving two little kids to our care. I had milked Heidi many years and we were well acquainted. The last…

Epiphany to Easter Sculpting Project 6: Prayer Flash: Week 2

Epiphany to Easter Sculpting Project 6: Prayer Flash: Week 2 I’ve been flashing short prayers on and off all week. On my walks, doing chores, sitting in church. I notice that it has given me a positive outward focus. This is exactly one of the benefits that psychology studies predict for an activity like flash…

Pursuing Growth: Project 2: Chocolate Factory: Week 2

Pursuing Growth: Sculpting Project 2: Chocolate Factory: Week 2 I walk by my kitchen sink and see the reminder note: SMILE. I now automatically smile for a moment. I note that I feel a bit happier. This is completely consistent with lots of psychological studies. Here are a few findings: Subjects are given a pencil…

Sculpting Project 24: 7 Essential Brain Nutrients: Week 1

Sculpting Project 24: 7 Essential Brain Nutrients Week 1 I spend a good part of my day in a focused attention finishing a writing project. I am in ‘flow’, lost in time. It is largely satisfying, but I emerge in a fog. What does mind need to do to reach equilibrium? This focused time is…

Sculpting Project 23: Connected For Change: Week 2

Sculpting Project 23: Connected for Change: Week 2 I walk into the room and notice my friend. A small part of my brain dedicated to reading facial expressions detects a slightly sad expression. My brain then signals the muscles in my face to imitate the expression I am observing. My facial muscles now form this…