To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

- Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Reflections

I came across this poem the other day, and it reminded me of a Vision Quest experience I had in 1996. Every morning I arose in the high Utah desert, there was a hawk soaring in circles against the glorious red canyon wall. It started my day with a sense of awe and peace and reminded me how important it is to stop sometime in each day and stand in awe of creation; it really slows things down and gives us the chance to operate from a grounded center.
Brian Carberg, MA, LPC

Eagle Poem

by Joy Harjo

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

To Believe

To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning. It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.

To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart, the innocence of a child's eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love.

To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us. When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.

To believe is to know we are not alone, that life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.

To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen, and all our hopes and dreams are within reach.

If only we believe.......

- Author Unknown

A Penitent's Prayer

May your God who knows you
better than you know yourself,
grant you the gift of Courage
to face the known and the unknown...

May your God who loves you
better than you love yourself,
grant you the gift of Understanding
and Acceptance...

May your God who forgives you
more fully than you can forgive yourself,
more freely than you think you deserve,
grant you the gift of Release from Guilt...

So that you may let go of the past,
and look to the future,
Unafraid...

with a brave face
a strong heart,
and a quiet spirit.

"Any path is only a path, and there is no affront,
to oneself or to others, in dropping it
if that is what your heart tells you...
Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Try it as many times as you think necessary.

Then ask yourself,
and yourself alone one question....

Does this path have a heart?
If it does,
the path is good;
if it does not
it is of no use."

--Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan