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The Mystery By Which We Live

I have a stack of wonderful books on my bedside table: An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor; The Yamas & Niyamas, Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele; and Torah Yoga by Diane Bloomfield. And I have read part way through all of them. But what have I actually finished reading lately? Last week I had my nose in a cozy mystery, a story about a smart and sassy middle-aged detective, and a victim genteelly poisoned amid descriptions of nostalgic small town life: literary comfort food. Meanwhile, the books of wisdom on my bedside table gathered dust, unopened, and unfinished.

Unfortunately, my prayer life is often like my reading habits. I stick with the familiar and comfortable and then get frustrated with my own stagnant spirituality. Over the weekend my darling Aunt G sent me a beautiful quotation attributed to the Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, that pushed me out of my recent prayer complacency.  Read More 

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Love Replaces Hate in Bean Blossom

Mary & Joseph in line to help scrub.

I waited my turn in line to scrub the swastika off of the church. The temperature was dropping and I wished I had remembered to bring my gloves. There were two other lines of scrubbers: one to remove “Heil Trump”, and the other to remove the words “Fag Church”. A local TV news crew was there with a beautifully coiffed reporter bouncing up and down on her toes to stay warm between takes. Cleaning the hate speech off of the church walls began after the Rector, Rev. Kelsey Hutto, first led us in prayer, “Tonight we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing as we wash these symbols of division and evil from this church building and also from our own hearts.” A surprisingly short time later, the spray-painted graffiti was gone, and we celebrated, singing Amazing Grace as we processed into the little church’s sanctuary for a candlelit service of healing.  Read More 

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Introducing Yogadevotion, Practicing in the Presence

After a year of loving this “God breathed” book into existence we are ready to introduce it to all of our friends. Heidi Green and I have created a beautiful book that we hope you will not only enjoy yourselves but will also give to your friends. This is a book of 52 weekly devotions that blend faith and yoga practices with photos of real people doing yoga in the world. Each week’s devotion includes scripture and spiritual focus to help guide your home yoga and prayer practices. We invite you to our website for more information on the book and how to purchase it. And please like us on Facebook at YogadevotionTheBook to receive the latest book news. If you are in a Yogadevotion class in the Twin Cities, Duluth or Indianapolis you may contact your instructor for information on a direct purchase. May this book bless you with God’s Promised Presence on your mat and in the world today and every day.

Rev. Cindy Senarighi  Read More 

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And the Seasons They Go Round and Round

Heidi & her "bests": friend and daughter

It is so crazy that my five year cancer-free anniversary coincides with the publication of Yogadevotion, our book about faith-based yoga for healing and spiritual growth. I didn't plan it that way--but there it is. The circle now feels complete. I pray that our book will help someone else find wholeness in body, mind,and spirit. Its been a long road but God has been very very good to me.  Read More 

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Off to the Printer!

Truth! I was putting the manuscript back in order after FINISHING my review of final edits when lookee what happened! (BTW this weekend's mantra before talking to our wonderful publisher, Tim Beals at Credo House was: I will NOT read the manuscript this weekend--it is done, I will NOT read the manuscript this weekend--it is done, etc.,etc.) Instead I will rake leaves, jump in a big pile of them, and sing!  Read More 

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