Author: Wayne Walder

Being: Spiritual Exercises

Spiritual Practices About Being Each day can you stop for five minutes and just “be”? It is harder than it appears in our culture. Maybe before you go to sleep, or as you get on the streetcar, just feel your breath, in and out. Feel your body and the chill of the winter. Five minutes…

Being: Inspirational Quotations

“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” – Parker J. Palmer “Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. … One person with indigenous…

Being: Web Resources

Science and Being with Carl Feit, Anne Foerst, and Lindon Eaves, 52 min audio on On Being Many of history’s greatest scientists considered their work to be a religious endeavour, a direct search for God. Pioneers like Newton, Copernicus, and Galileo believed that their discoveries told humanity more about God’s nature than had been known….

Rev. Wayne Walder: What Should We Learn?

by Reverend Wayne Walder We all learn. We have been doing it since we were born. From learning how to breathe, to learning how to love, we have been learning all our lives. We know how to learn, but we are not always sure what to learn. Knowing what to learn allows us to know…

Learning: Spiritual Practices

1) Each day practice breathing consciously. For five minutes allow yourself to become aware of your inward breath and your outward breath. (It’s harder than you think). Five minutes is about 250 breaths. Try it in groups of ten breaths in and out. If you lose count, begin again, this time for four minutes. Have…

Learning: Inspirational Quotations

“I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life … but there was no one to tell me.” – George Washington Carver “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together…

Learning: Web Resources

The Science of Attention by Adele Diamond, 20 min audio on On Being Adele Diamond is a professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. What she is learning about the brain challenges modern education’s basic assumptions about how we learn. http://tinyurl.com/ndb7569 On Being Wrong by Kathryn Schultz, 18 min audio on…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Commentary on Doing

by Reverend Wayne Walder We are all “doers”. We work, we play, we relate, and celebrate. We are often doing during most of our waking hours. Our culture promotes work and doing in many forms, especially buying. Sometimes we feel guilty or ill at ease, when we are not doing something. When we relax, for…

Doing: Spiritual Activities

Spiritual Questions: You might know when you are stressed and how you got there, but why do you become stressed out? What story about your struggle do you tell yourself? Does your story create more stress within you? How do you experience work? What are your gut feelings about why you work? Can you quietly…

Doing: Inspirational Quotations

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi “There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” – Alain…

Doing: Video Resources

What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work? by Dan Ariely, 20 min video on TED What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. Behavioural economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work….

Rev. Wayne Walder: Commentary on Challenges

by Reverend Wayne Walder Who hasn’t faced challenges in their life? Challenges are so common some people categorize them: health challenges, money challenges, relationship challenges. I’ll bet you can name many more. We have heard, “Challenges make you stronger”, but I am not sure that is always true. Challenges can make us stronger when we…

Challenges: Spiritual Activities

Spiritual Questions: What happens inside your head or heart when you are challenged? How do you respond: fear, anger, or intrigue? Can you tell someone how you overcame a challenge? Can you tell someone how you failed, especially one that mattered? Spiritual Practice: During a normal day, can you become aware of when you feel…

Challenges of Meditation

Winter is an acceptable time for reflection, which can be done in many ways. At Neighbourhood, we try to use quiet and thoughtful reflection in all spiritual practices. This is a challenge in a culture that frantically tries to celebrate the season through consumption. Join us as we use “spiritual practices” to calm our inward…

Challenges: Inspirational Quotations

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits,…

Challenges: Movie Resources

Gather with family and friends and see this month’s theme “challenge” in action. Scrooged (1988) with Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe A selfish, cynical TV executive is haunted by three spirits challenging him to change his ways on Christmas Eve. The Martian (2015) with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig During a mission to…

Listening: Spiritual Activities

Spiritual Exercise Can you listen to another person for five minutes? Can you do it without nodding or saying yes? Can you do it without “making up” what you will say when they are finished? Can you have nothing to say, along with a capacity to listen? Can you say something once? Often we say…

Listening: Inspirational Quotations

“There is a voice that does not use words. Listen.” – Rumi “So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti “Just remaining quietly…