Connecting with Teens

Margi DehlinFaith Transition, Parenting, Relationships1 Comment

We are fortunate to have two teens living in our home. Winston is fourteen–and in ninth grade. Clara is seventeen–and a senior in high school. Their lives are always in motion, constantly swirling in a mix of different identities and moods that vary from moment to moment. I find the teen years naturally place me in a rather heightened state as … Read More

The Shift from External to Internal

Margi DehlinFaith Transition, Parenting, Relationships4 Comments

One of the first shifts that often occurs in life transitions but that is especially relevant to a religious one — is the turn from looking outside of ourselves to find answers — toward trying to discern how we feel, what we value, or what we need from the inside out. This is an especially tough task as many of us have … Read More

Weekly Share of Shares – May 18, 2018

Margi DehlinGrief, Health & Wellness, Parenting, Relationships, Seasonal Reflections, Weekly Share4 Comments

Greetings to you on this fine Friday! Why the stop sign you might ask? It isn’t particularly beautiful, I know. But it is fitting! Have you had times in your life when experiences rise up and make you literally stop in your tracks in order to pay closer attention? Well…that is where I am currently.  Hence, the stop sign. Many … Read More

Resonance

Margi DehlinHealth & Wellness, Parenting, Spirituality3 Comments

As someone who genuinely derives pleasure from building a life filled with meaning and joy–I actively seek out activities or interests that I love engaging in.  Do you do this too? This process of discovery–of noticing what I genuinely connect to can act as a map of sorts.  I find that over time I have accrued the resources and data … Read More

Broken Open

Margi DehlinFaith Transition, Grief, Parenting, Relationships, Spirituality7 Comments

In this episode Margi Dehlin shares an essay she recently wrote dealing with heartbreak, resilience, and intimacy entitled “Broken Open.” The text of the poem is available below. Broken Open, by Margi Dehlin Louise Erdrich wrote in The Painted Drum, “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you … Read More

Mindful Parenting

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“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure … Read More