Happiness

2 marchers in a Pride parade with the sign "And they lived happily ever after"

Paul Payne

It’s an ongoing spiritual practice for me that I sometimes forget, but when I do become conscious of the process and change my perspective, even slightly, I often notice an increase in my happiness.

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Recognizing the REAL Miracle

Miracles are everywhere. The Horsehead Nebula and human ingenuity and the fossils in the La Brea Tar Pits. Gravity and magnetism and quantum mechanics. Love and hope and forgiveness. The REAL miracle, I believe, isn’t supernatural. It’s that any of this exists. I agree with Elisha Gray, who says, “Some may claim that is it unscientific to speak of the operations of nature as miracles. But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding so many wonderful things subservient to the rule of law.” If you ask me, we are citizens of the most miraculous place imaginable – the here and now.

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Miracles

Glenn Koller

I don’t understand things that I studied for years, I’m mystified by the universe, and miraculously, I met and married my wife of more than three decades – – it’s a bit of a miracle that I don’t believe in miracles.

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Generosity

Glenn Koller

These expressions of care and generosity were intentional, that is, knowingly offered, but I realized some time ago that unintentional generosity was equally healing. I have tried to envision Karen’s life and my life without having all of you – the congregation – in them. It’s really tough to imagine.

Just the fact that the congregation exists – that you are there – makes a huge difference in my life and, probably, whether or not you realize it, in your lives too. The generosity unknowingly expressed by each of you – by being there – is a blessing that we all share and of which we all partake.

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Reflections of an Atheist

Kim Palmer

“The best advice anyone ever gave me about prayer was this; just ask for what you want. Just ask: not because you will receive, but because there is hope and healing in naming what you want.”

As for me? I don’t think prayer needs to be directed at a deity. I don’t even think it needs to be called prayer. Perhaps one might call it directed meditation, or simply an intentional expression of caring. Regardless, it is something I have incorporated into my own spiritual practice.

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