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The Center for Spiritual Formation has been collecting some of the best resources on Spiritual Practice and Centering during this time and will pull some together for you here in one place. Please use them as you want if you believe they will be helpful for you. We are NOT suggesting you purchase anything that any of the resources recommend (some of them will offer reduced rates for additional resources), we are only sharing their best FREE resource with you. Hopefully within a few days we will also be able to offer some on line prayer groups/gatherings which you may join as you want. In the meantime, if we can pray for you or assist your formation practice for yourself or your faith community in any way, please send an email to centerformation1@gmail.com.

A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted by John O’Donohue

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,Time takes on the strain until it breaks;Then all the unattended stress falls inOn the mind like an endless, increasing weight, The light in the mind becomes dim.Things you could take in your stride beforeNow become laboursome events of will. Weariness invades your spirit.Gravity begins falling inside you,Dragging

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Coping with Anxiety in Stressful Times

Written by Jim Meisner, Jr.. From Progressive Christian 3/26/2020: From the holidays to the coronavirus, from families to work, stress attacks our spirits, minds, and bodies. If unchecked, stress can give way to anxiety and anxiety can begin a long slide into the dark tunnel of depression. Scripture offers a special sort of sanctuary and

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Saying Thanks

One of the best antidotes to anxiety, depression and fear is thankfulness and gratitude. We share this reflection with you today to encourage you to thoughts of gratitude this day. May you rejoice in the blessings, even amidst the challenges of physical distancing and restricted travel. Saying Thanks!In everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

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Lockdown (written by a priest in Ireland)

Lockdown Yes there is fear.Yes there is isolation.Yes there is panic buying.Yes there is sickness.Yes there is even death.But,They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noiseYou can hear the birds again.They say that after just a few weeks of quietThe sky is no longer thick with fumesBut blue and grey and clear.They

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Wilderness Time

As we enter our second full week of restricted gathering and physical distancing, I find myself thinking of some of Jan Richardson and her beautiful work, both artwork and written words in her book In Wisdom’s Path. I think about this season of the church year in which we find ourselves, Lent, and all that it

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Art in the Park – Online, Tuesdays in April St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Ocala, Florida invites you to experience Art In The Park online.  This is a contemplative, creative and communal experience together.  We gather, settle, listen, create, share, and close in gratitude.  So, if this sounds like your thing, join us!  Log

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