Author: Wayne Walder

Gratitude: Spiritual Questions

. Rumi poetically wrote “When was the last time you made a visit to yourself”? Can you find gratitude when you visit yourself? What do you feel when you find it? . Try saying (and meaning) “Thank you very much” at least 10 times today, regardless of how little is offered! . Have you had…

Gratitude: Inspirational Quotations

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou “Piglet noticed…

Gratitude: Media and Movie Resources

TED TALKS:  6 talks on Gratitude, each is downloadable and streamable, and all are less than 20 minutes long. Choose one or all! . Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. by Louie Schwartzberg . Want to be happy? Be grateful by David Steindl-Rast . How a penny made me feel like a millionaire by Tania Luna . Remember…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Hope

by Reverend Wayne Walder People sometimes tell me it is hard for them to hope. Maybe it is hard because some of us treat hope like a magic wand. We imagine hope can make our wishes come true. I bet we have all “hoped” this way, but hope is not magical. Hope is not a…

Hope: Spiritual Questions

. Can you hope? I mean … can you say the things you long for, to a friend or a partner? Can you even imagine a future that is different from what you expect? . When you Hope for anything, what do you have to reconsider? If you find it difficult to Hope, can you…

Hope: Inspirational Quotations

“Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you will never walk alone.” – show tune written by Rodgers and Hammerstein “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something…

Hope: Movie and Web Resources

MOVIE: The Pianist  Full length  (2002) with Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay Oscars won: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay The story is about a Polish Jewish musician, who survives the World War II holocaust and makes history. Hope is not always pretty. Directed by Roman Polanski. WEB: The Faith Life of the Party:…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Coming Out

by Reverend Wayne Walder I have learned the expression “Coming Out” was coined in the Southern United States when a young woman “Came Out” to her community as a debutante. Now, of course, “coming out” means coming out of the closet about your sexuality. It is an expression showing that our sexuality can be made…

Coming Out: Spiritual Exercises

Spiritual Instruction The practice of denying ourselves almost anything has gone out of favour. We treat ourselves to food and entertainment. We can indulge ourselves in recurrent thoughts and less than healthy habits. Then, when we try to deny those thoughts or habits in a spiritual practice, we can become frustrated or annoyed with the…

Coming Out: Inspirational Quotations

“Every gay person must come out. As difficult as it is, you must tell your immediate family. You must tell your relatives. You must tell your friends if indeed they are your friends. You must tell the people you work with. You must tell the people in the stores you shop in. Once they realize…

Coming Out: Web Resources

We’re All Hiding Something by Ash Beckham, 10 minute talk on TED This is a highly amusing and touching talk. Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone at some point in their life has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Thoughts on Discipline

by Reverend Wayne Walder To a Unitarian Universalist, “discipline” might feel like a four letter word, for we were originally religious heretics ourselves. For more than 400 years we have questioned authority, defied superstition and pushed spiritual boundaries. Our perceived lack-of-discipline has caused us to be shunned by our Protestant colleagues. They have even persecuted…

Discipline: Spiritual Exercises

Discipline takes practice. Try this: count your breaths, one in, one out. See how long it takes you before you either lose count or get bored. Some people lose count after about four, and some people can go much longer. Remember: discipline is not just limitation, it is also focus. Try practicing it a few…

Discipline: Inspirational Quotations

“If we do not discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” – William Feather “I think being a parent is knowing how to love. Sometimes love is discipline, sometimes it’s humor, sometimes it’s listening.” – Melissa Etheridge “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being…

Discipline: Movie and Web Resources

Jiro Dreams of Sushi with Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama, 1:21 movie (documentary), 2012 His restaurant serves only sushi. It has 10 seats at a counter. It is in the basement of a Tokyo high-rise, not far from a subway stop. It has been awarded three stars, the highest possible rating, by the Michelin…

Rev. Wayne Walder: All My Relations

by Reverend Wayne Walder “All My Relations” is an expression of Native peoples. It means our family, both biological and chosen. It means our friends, near and far. It means those who have left this world, people we know, and people we would have liked to have known. It even means those who will come…

All My Relations: Spiritual Exercises

Spiritual Practices About “All My Relations” The next time you are “in line” – at the bank, airport or city offices – stop waiting in line. I don’t mean you should go home, I mean to stay in line and look around. Consider how everyone is similar to you. Take a breath … feel your…

All My Relations: Inspirational Quotations

“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” – Paul Ryan “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” – Dorothy Day  

All My Relations: Web Resources

The Resilient World We’re Building Now with Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross, 51 min audio on On Being We’ve heard a lot about Black Lives Matter, but you may never have heard one of its founders reflect outside a moment of crisis. http://tinyurl.com/zm3hjug The Cultural Creatives – (R)evolution Based on the work of Dr. Paul…