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Spiritual Well Being


Spiritual well being is experienced as we connect with the Source and Force of Life greater than ourselves, with our deeper selves, and with others; and when we find purpose and meaning in our lives through these connections.

The offerings you find here are presented to support you in exploring and cultivating these connections.



Let us not allow the virus, which threatens our bodies, creep into our souls.
Chandra G. Irvin





“In times of loneliness and despair,
Consider the lesson of metamorphosis:
All that we endure
Contributes to what we become.
The caterpillar who avoids
The painful isolation of the chrysalis
Will never soar above the earth
On painted wings.
To be safe is to be forever earthbound.
Heaven is the reward of those who risk.”
Karen E. From




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Resilience in Challenging Times

Resilience in Challenging Times | Free Mindfulness Courses for Overcoming Fear & Anxiety in 2020




We have an opportunity for a ‘better, new normal’

Eboo Patel





It is as important, if not more so, to quiet the inner noises than to isolate oneself from the outer noises.

Howard Thurman


God is Present

Howard W. Thurman

God is present with me this day.

God is present with me in the midst of my anxieties.  I affirm in my own heart and mind the reality of God’s presence.  God makes immediately available to me the strength of Divine goodness, the reassurance of Divine wisdom and the heartiness of Divine courage.  My anxieties are real; they are the result of a wide variety of experiences, some of which I understand, some of which I do not understand.  One thing I know concerning my anxities:  they are real to me.  Sometimes they seem more real than the presence of God.  When this happens, they dominate my mood and possess my thoughts.  The presence of God does not always deliver me from anxiety but it always delivers me from anxieties.  Little by little, I am beginning to understand that deliverance from anxiety means fundamental growth in spiritual character and awareness.  It becomes a quality of being, emerging from deep within, giving to all the dimensions of experience a vast immunity against being anxious.  A ground of calm underlines experiences whatever may be the tempestuous character of events.  This calm is the manifestation in life of the active, dynamic Presence of God.

God is present with me this day.






“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.  For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” 

M. Scott Peck


 “…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”
                                                                                                                            Pema Chödrön



A Haiku Inspired By My Church Sister, Maya Angelou

Chandra Goforth Irvin

March 20, 2020


In these times we search

The time we have before us

To see what we have


To offer this time

Searching for the best in self

To give to others


What do we have now?

To ease the journey we share

What can we offer?


Among the chaos

Might I offer you some peace?

Perhaps grace or space


So that you can be

Alarmed, uncertain, afraid

Without my judgment?


On our common path

Leading where we do not know

Treading cautiously


Halting, withdrawing

Still encouraged to go on

We go forth, go forth


Navigating paths

Where we have not gone before

Trusting as we go


We are not alone

For you are with me, my friend

And I am with you


To encourage you

Grateful you encourage me

As we forge ahead


We are not alone

Sacred Presence guides us now

And to us reveals


What we have to give

To life and one another

In this and all times


It is my true self

I have to offer you and

You I shall receive


And “I’ll do my best

Because I am counting on

You counting on me”[1]


[1] The final quote, from Maya Angelou, is “I do my best because I am counting on you counting on me.”



What Can I Trust Today?

Chandra Goforth Irvin

March 22, 2020


In quietness I wonder, what can I trust today?

In stillness, I realize I’ve already trusted

So much this morning.

The sun warming and lighting the earth though I do not see it.

The food I have eaten

The house that has not fallen in upon me.

This seat that still holds me up


Life’s gifts taken for granted

These I should note and then consider

What more do I trust already?

That God hears me as I pray

Sustaining me in my breathing

Caring and engaging me in my quiet

Reminding me this is my day


I trust this day is here for me

And I am here for this day

To contribute to its meaning in life

Yet, what meaning could it offer life?

And what might I offer it?

This day in life so vast and eternal

How will it really matter?


It will matter to all who find meaning

In the rhythm of its joys, its griefs

Annoyances and pleasantries

Secrets and revelations

Doubts and hopes

Good Morning Day

What meaning can I trust?

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