Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Give yourself the gift of prayer

Experience the peace and the presence of prayer.  This Sunday evening at 7 pm, Practitioner Marielle Taylor brings a practice that was part of her calling at Agape International Spiritual Center in Southern California.  You and one other sit with a practitioner and experience the power of a spiritual mind treatment, Science of Mind's form of prayer.  You will not only receive a treatment for yourself but be witness to and a supporting presence for prayer for the other person in your duo.

This is a powerful way to be in spiritual community.  Bring to prayer what you want to experience in your life, plant that yearning in the Oneness of Divine Mind and let it unfold.  The service will close with song and a gratitude circle.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Loving-Kindness for all, even The Donald

The fourth Sunday evening in January, I drew upon the third chapter of Sharif Abdullah's book Creating a World that Works for All on the practice of inclusivity.  I invited those who came to the service to think of someone that pushed their buttons, someone they were glad was not a part of their circle.  One person in the room chose Donald Trump.  In the follow-up exercise, everyone was asked to imagine they were that irritating person; what did that person want? what were that person's fears and longings? what was important to them?

Lo and behold, in scanning my email today, an article from The Lion's Roar jumped out at me, bringing that practice of loving-kindness, dissolving separation, to my attention once again.  It's challenging, deep and potentially incredibly freeing to do this spiritual practice.  Curious to learn more?  Click here to go to the article itself.

If you give it a try, I would love to know your experience -- and it doesn't have to be with Donald Trump, it could be with a neighbor, the person who cut you off in traffic, whoever is a button-pusher in your life.  Leave a comment or email me at

By the way, if you would like to join a meditation group, the Center for Spiritual Living has several. There is a Saturday morning group at 10 as well as a Monday evening circle at 7.  You'll find more details at under the groups tab.

With love and appreciation, Tara

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What's Happening on Sunday Evening?

Are there ideas in Science of Mind that boggle your mind?  Do you want to talk about how others bring spirituality into their lives?  Would you like to spend a rich hour or so in the company of others who are exploring their spiritual path?  If any of those are a "yes" or perhaps just a "maybe", you might want to come to a Sunday evening service at the Center.

We sit in prayer together, we connect and learn, we enjoy our time together.  If you've been coming for a while, you may notice there's a theme to each Sunday:
  • First Sunday, Maggie shares what is alive in her
  • Second Sunday, a community conversation about the month's topic
  • Third Sunday "Show & Tell", practical tips on how to do a spiritual practice
  • Fourth Sunday, join in a teaching conversation with Rev. Tara,
  • Fifth Sunday, celebration of this amazing life, in music, movement, joy
You'll find the 2016 list of speakers and topics under the "Services Information" tab of this blog.

By the way, we strive to keep our services jargon free -- if we use a term that sounds like jargon, ask the question.  You're likely not the only one who's wondering what the heck we're talking about.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Assume Your Post!

When Maggie Cole first shared her title for this Sunday evening's service, I was a bit put off. "Assume your post??" That brought up images of orders and soldiers in my mind. Then I read her quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The fact that I am here shows me that the Soul had need of an organ. Shall I not assume the post?"

Each of us has a purpose, a particular gift we bring to this life. We are here by divine appointment -- a necessary element in the fullest expression of Life, right here right now. Join with Maggie on Sunday evening as she invites us to recognize ourselves and others as God sees us. The service starts at 7 pm in room 10, continues until about 8:15 or so.

Calvin Johnson will be singing -- he always starts early, come and enjoy in community.