Thursday, February 21, 2013

Meditation Sounds for a Busy Electronic World

Want some relaxing sounds for meditation time during your lunch break but don't have time to go anywhere? This is an awesome YouTube source for a quick 10 minutes of blissful natural sounds while you're at work or while the baby is napping or even while you're washing dishes. Feel the stress wash away while you simply exist for a few minutes. Namaste!

Monday, February 18, 2013

I was thinking this morning that we would be better served if, instead of judging others for not living up to our standards, we looked within to see if we are living up to those standards. If we focus on putting unconditional love out into the universe, then we won't have the time or need to look for faults or reasons to blame others for our shortcomings. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Losing My Faith" by Amma Gail

I came to a renewed respect for Lent via Ramadan.  It was several years ago when I listened to a series of personal accounts from Muslims from all walks of life regarding Ramadan and the meaning these Holy Days had for their lives. I was  moved by the stories of devotion and community which arose from these individuals as they shared their faith. As I listened over the course of weeks, I began to long for a sacred, set apart time in my own faith tradition. I finally realized that Lent was that time for Christians. Yet, Lent is an often overlooked time for a lot of Christians. Sandwiched between Christmas and Easter, it gets barely noticed or reduced down to giving up sweets or some other pleasure. However, as I listened to the personal stories of Ramadan, I thought about how I could let the season of Lent change my life. I could use this intentional time to search my heart, my habits, and my faith. As such, my life has changed since I embraced a more focused Lenten practice. One year, I fasted in order to identify with my Muslim brothers and sisters as well as with the poor of the world. Another year I chose to meditate on the writings of a local priest and learned deep truths from everyday experiences. During another Lent, I learned to be still in the presence of Spirit and meditate on a regular basis. Each year, I explored my love for communion, gaining new meaning and understanding of a beloved ritual. This Lenten season, however, I am losing my faith.

I am letting go of long-held beliefs of faith, God, and how God is known. Oh, I have seen this coming for awhile now. My faith has been an ever evolving journey of loss and discovery. Yet, I have often been covert about these changes of mind and heart and (if I am honest) wondered if I was "backsliding" or going down the wrong path. Yet, how can something be wrong that points me towards Love? This evolution of faith keeps pointing me to one direction, Love. To use Love as a yard stick for my life. To let go of a God with a face in order to take on a God that exists only and through Love. To know that wherever there is Love, there is God. To know that the absence of Love is the absence of God. Can it be this simple? or this hard? I think, yes. And I think this is why we, as humans, have tried to codify God into a set of rules or practices. To say, "This is the Way (and the only way)"  while being content with dismissing those who don't believe as we believe. But Love does not do this. Love is found among Jewish people, Muslims, Christians, Wiccans, Buddhists, Pagans and people of other faith traditions. Love is also found among agnostics and atheists. Wherever Love is, God is. So this Lenten season, I am losing my faith. I am asking Spirit to guide me in new ways to inhabit  Love. I am asking Spirit for courage to let go of negative messages of doubt and unworthiness. I am asking Spirit for the boldness to live like Jesus.

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

Jesus of Nazareth

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Seen Dancing Kindle Now on Sale Worldwide

Seen Dancing Kindle Now on Sale Worldwide: My newly released collection of spiritual essays is now on sale in Kindle format worldwide. If you prefer and a different digital forma...
Seen Dancing: Essays from the Heart
Authored by Beth Mitchum

List Price: $15.95
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
Black & White on Cream paper
210 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1481826181
ISBN-10: 1481826182 
BISAC: Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not
hear the music.” --Friedrich Nietzsche

Seen Dancing is a collection of essays and stories as they occurred to a spiritual being having a human experience. When you walk a spiritual path, you may encounter people who do not understand you. That is their short-sightedness rather than your shortcoming. Their lack of spiritual experience in no way nullifies the bounty of yours. There are people engaged in spiritual discussions who have opinions and beliefs based in dogma, and then are there are people engaged in spiritual discussions who have experiences. Just because those experiences vary, it doesn't mean that they are contradictory. When beliefs are built upon dogma, conflict arises. When beliefs are built upon experiences, community arises. It is the author's hope that these stories and essays will build community.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I repaired this file and re-released the book. If you're interested in spiritual non-fiction writing, then this book may be right up your alley. Some of the essays were first posted at my Mystic Angel Healing web site (although they are no longer posted there), and some have never before been seen by anyone except me. But if you've read any of my posts at that site, then you'll know at least what to expect from this volume. It is non-sectarian and non-religious and I ponder the meaning of everything from Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" to the Osho Zen Tarot Deck to receiving money messages from angels. You don't have to have an advanced degree to understand it. It's written in everyday language, much like my posts here. An open mind is a good thing to pack with you when you sit down to read it in quiet moments.

The title comes from a quote:, "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." --Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, February 5, 2013



I am a crane
poised on one leg,
waiting for the auspicious moment
when the stream of life brings to me
the fulfillment of my dreams.
To be impatient would be useless striving.
To be patient is infinite wisdom.
When the right moment comes,
the crane moves swiftly
grasping the silver fish
firmly in its bill before it slips away
back into the stream of life.
If the crane does not
succeed the first time,
it returns to the one-legged stance
and begins again, waiting, watching,
graceful in its pose, defying gravity,

following the path of effortless action.

© 2008 Beth Mitchum
From bethwor(l)ds:20 years of poetry