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Episode One: Cultivating a Flourishing Mindset

Welcome to my first episode: Cultivating a Flourishing Mindset! What if the the story of God is a story that is truer, better, and more beautiful than we have ever imagined? What if the story of Jesus is above everything else about inviting people into flourishing in God’s coming kingdom? Our minds (not our brains) are the most important things about us. And the most important thing about our mind is what it is set upon. What you do with your mind is the most important choice you have to make every day of your life. Wherever your mind goes, the rest of your life goes with it. In this podcast I will reflect on the following: 1. What it means to flourish. 2. The importance of your mind as the key to your life. 3. The challenge of cognitive fusion. 4. Fixed Mindset vs. Growth/Flourishing Mindset. 5. Created in the image of God we have the power to create and act for flourishing lives, ours and others. 6. The invitation to silence and the contemplative tradition of Christian spirituality as a way of healing and growing in acceptance and the openness of a flourishing mindset. Hope you enjoy! Hope you subscribe! Subscribe to ITunes on the Sidebar Icon for Add To ITunes or use the link below Subscribe On ITUNES You can also find my podcast on Spotify:From Silence+Something To Say Podcast on Spotify

--2018 JUN 29
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Episode One: Cultivating a Flourishing Mindset

What Is Your Practice? Being Present To Your Life

The theme of this podcast is that a human response to Jesus’s call to live in God’s Kingdom is not a one-time thing. Response to God’s invitation is in fact a lifelong task, involving various practices over time.And that takes a lot of practice—in fact, our whole life becomes one continual practice. That is why the hallmarks of contemplative spirituality—solitude, silence, and stillness—have never been more important for our society.Adopting contemplative practice is crucial to living into transformation and wholeness. The Christian Contemplative Tradition is a catalyst to true human flourishing. Until we are present to ourselves, we can never be fully present to anything. We can never hope to know the presence of God or other people until we can be with ourselves in stillness, openness, and attentiveness. Be Still and Know That I Am God. Ps. 46:10 In the broadest sense of the word, contemplation means creating sacred space to be still, to rest in God, to reflect, to look inward; to attend to the inner life; to simply be with God in solitude, silence and stillness. Contemplation can also be understood as Parker Palmer describes:“anything that dismantles our illusions.” I look forward to continuing on this theme in the weeks ahead! I hope you will subscribe to my Podcast on iTunes.Subscribe To Podcast on Apple iTunes You can also use the iTune sign up on the right side bar, as well as subscribe via Email to be notified of new posts. Subscribe to my Podcast on Spotify Thanks for taking the time to listen! I pray and trust that in some small way my words may give you helpful spiritual direction. With you on the Journey, Rob+

14 min2018 AUG 5
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What Is Your Practice? Being Present To Your Life

Podcast Episode #3 – The Gifts And Necessity of Solitude

Mark 6: 30-32 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. In this podcast episode I share some thoughts about the gifts and necessity of practicing solitude.With this invitation Jesus was calling his friends out of their busyness to a place of rest beyond the demands of their engagement and action. What about us? Fr. Henri Nouwen claims that “without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.” That is because the practice of solitude centers us in our own hearts and enables us to be “securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life.” Does my life naturally lean outward (without enough inward grounding), or does it naturally lean inward (without enough outward engagement)? What is one practice I could add to bring a fuller both/ and balance? The contemplative practice of solitude brings three gifts: Clarity, Presence, and Joy. These gifts are a necessity for a more flourishing life. Hope you enjoy! With you on the Journey, Rob+

11 min2018 AUG 25
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Podcast Episode #3 – The Gifts And Necessity of Solitude

Podcast Episode #4 Flourishing: Why It Is Good To Be You

To flourish in life, one must come to know and trust that it is good to be you. As Brian McLaren writes: “What we all want is pretty simple, really. We want to be alive. To feel alive. Not just to exist but to thrive….We want to be less lonely, less exhausted, less conflicted or afraid… more awake, more grateful, more energized and purposeful. We capture this kind of mindful, overbrimming life in terms like well-being, shalom, blessedness, wholeness, harmony, life to the full, and above all aliveness. In other words: Flourishing. In this episode I explore some of the meaning of these transforming words from Psalm 139: 13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” In the quest for the true self, one begins to appreciate and accept one’s personality and one’s life as an essential way that God calls us to be ourselves. Everyone is called to sanctity in different ways— in often very different ways. It is Good To Be You! 2. A Transforming Tool: The Sacred Enneagram.The Enneagram is a dynamic system for self-knowledge and spiritual transformation. It is a wonderful tool that can help us see and let go of the false self—which masks the image of God within us—and allow us to live from our True Self—the unique manifestation of Love that God intends us to be. With you on the Journey! Rob+

12 min2018 SEP 22
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Podcast Episode #4 Flourishing: Why It Is Good To Be You

Episode# 5 What Is Your Aim? The Sermon On The Mount

Dear Podcast Friends: The Sermon on The Mount isconcerned with the great theological and existential question of human flourishing. In this series of podcasts I will be looking at the key ideas of the sermon to highlight the most fruitful reading of the words of Jesus. This episode is centered on what I believe is the key that unlocks Jesus teaching: Seek first (make your aim) the Kingdom of God and its righteousness (goodness) and all these things will be added to you.” –Matthew 6:33 Dr. Jonathan Pennington in his book: The Sermon on The Mount and Human Flourishing makes this claim: “In short, I think the Sermon is a piece of wisdom teaching from Jesus that invites people into true human flourishing through wholeness centered on God and his coming kingdom. Jesus’ Sermon invites us to see the world in a certain way and to be in the world in a certain way that accords with God’s nature, will, and coming reign upon the earth. It is a call to faith‐based discipleship in Jesus, the Son of God.” I agree. It’s not a job to seek the Kingdom of God, but the greatest opportunity in human life! If it sounds dreary, that’s how badly we’ve missed the point. There is joy in seeking the kingdom. Main points of Episode: 1. Why we need to have an aim. What would be the highest aim in human life that leads to flourishing? You aim at what you value. We only see what we aim at.Aim high and live in the present. Who do you want to be? Who are you becoming? The surprising controversial work of Dr. Jordan Peterson and his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. 2. Grace is not opposed to effort.There is, of course, no question of doing this purely on our own. But we must act. Grace is opposed to earning, not to effort. And it is well-directed, decisive and sustained effort that is the key to the the kingdom and to the life of restful flourishing. Taking responsibility for the gift of grace and life. 3. The Kingdom of God, is God acting here and now. Dallas Willard showed me that the kingdom of God is strong and unshakable, that a life lived interactively with God never fails. Aim Up! With you on the Journey, Rob+

11 min2018 OCT 20
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Episode# 5 What Is Your Aim? The Sermon On The Mount

The Beatitudes: The Paradox Of Flourishing In The Face Of Suffering

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives his manifesto about the art of human flourishing. He joins the other rabbis and sages throughout history and answers life’s ultimate question, “how does a person live the good life?” Jesus’ answer to that question is so compelling that people have been writing, discussing, and wrestling over his words for over 2,000 years. The “blessings” of the Beatitudes—the macarisms, as he calls them, based on the Greek word makarios that Jesus uses—are descriptions of what it looks like to be living well in the present. They are grace-based, wisdom invitations to human flourishing in God’s coming kingdom.Embrace suffering and flourishing will follow. This is the true paradox of the Way of Christ. JESUS’ NARRATIVE: THE BEATITUDES ARE INVITATIONS OF INCLUSION INTO A WAY OF FLOURISHING AVAILABLE IN THE REALM OF GOD. The Beatitudesare not instructions to do anything. They do not indicate conditions that are especially pleasing to God or good for human beings.The Beatitudes are better heard as Jesus’ announcements of the dawning of the Kingdom Only if one believes Jesus’s claim that he is the bearer of an in-breaking divine, benevolent reign can one see those who are poor, tearful, hungry, and persecuted as flourishing. Flourishing are you! Rob+ P.S. Opening and Interlude music I created just for this podcast!

8 min2018 NOV 29
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The Beatitudes: The Paradox Of Flourishing In The Face Of Suffering

An Advent Sermon: Waking Up To The Coming Christ

Dear Friends, I have added a “Sermon Page” to my blog. I will be posting previous sermons and those I preach in the future from time to time. I hope they might be helpful for your journey and flourishing. First Sunday of Advent 2016 Fr. Rob Lord+ On The First Sunday of Advent, I sought to remind us that in the midst of this busy season, God gives us an invitation to wake up to the reality of our lives, the reality of His daily coming to us, and waiting for the appearance of Christ now and at His final coming. During Advent we learn: 1. To stay awake to our hearts. 2. To stay awake and present to those we love. 3. To stay awake to the coming of Christ every day and at his final Advent when he comes again. As St. Augustine said: “You are closer to me than I am to myself.” This is why Advent is a contemplative season that calls us to wait in silence on God’s loving embrace in Jesus Christ. May you have a meaningful and wonderful Advent. With you on The Journey, Rob+

14 min2018 DEC 3
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An Advent Sermon: Waking Up To The Coming Christ

Advent 3 Sermon: Joy Changes Everything

It was a great joy to preach this sermon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando today. I am deeply grateful to Fr. David Bumstead, Rector, for his kind invitation. May this “Joy Sunday” message bring you flourishing hope and encouragement. With you on the Journey, Rob+

11 min2018 DEC 17
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Advent 3 Sermon: Joy Changes Everything

To Be Beloved: Mere Spirituality

Stepping aside to move forward has given me time to return to reading and study of essential books and spiritual guides that have shaped my lifetime and vocation. In this podcast I reflect on the work of Fr. Henri Nouwen and his central theme of “Being The Beloved.” ` Raymond Carver, just before he died, as one of the finest writers of our time, wrote a fragment of a poem titled Last Fragment. I have shared this in several sermons and retreats across the years, including as part of my teaching the 2017 Clergy Conference of the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, Northern Ireland, for Bishop Ken Good. I want to share with you, as part of this podcast, an audio excerpt from a previous sermon I preached. And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” The spiritual journey is at its core the discovery of our belovedness as the essence of who we truly are. We are not what we do. We are not w...

9 min2019 JAN 10
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To Be Beloved: Mere Spirituality

Creative Side

One of my hobbies is creating, producing, arranging music on my digital audio workstation. Here is a short little offering I made for fun. I selected musical loops to add a rocking bluegrass feel. The lyrics are self explanatory! Sounds better with headphones! Hope it brings a smile to your day! Rob

3 min2019 JAN 24
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Latest Episodes

Episode One: Cultivating a Flourishing Mindset

Welcome to my first episode: Cultivating a Flourishing Mindset! What if the the story of God is a story that is truer, better, and more beautiful than we have ever imagined? What if the story of Jesus is above everything else about inviting people into flourishing in God’s coming kingdom? Our minds (not our brains) are the most important things about us. And the most important thing about our mind is what it is set upon. What you do with your mind is the most important choice you have to make every day of your life. Wherever your mind goes, the rest of your life goes with it. In this podcast I will reflect on the following: 1. What it means to flourish. 2. The importance of your mind as the key to your life. 3. The challenge of cognitive fusion. 4. Fixed Mindset vs. Growth/Flourishing Mindset. 5. Created in the image of God we have the power to create and act for flourishing lives, ours and others. 6. The invitation to silence and the contemplative tradition of Christian spirituality as a way of healing and growing in acceptance and the openness of a flourishing mindset. Hope you enjoy! Hope you subscribe! Subscribe to ITunes on the Sidebar Icon for Add To ITunes or use the link below Subscribe On ITUNES You can also find my podcast on Spotify:From Silence+Something To Say Podcast on Spotify

--2018 JUN 29
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Episode One: Cultivating a Flourishing Mindset

What Is Your Practice? Being Present To Your Life

The theme of this podcast is that a human response to Jesus’s call to live in God’s Kingdom is not a one-time thing. Response to God’s invitation is in fact a lifelong task, involving various practices over time.And that takes a lot of practice—in fact, our whole life becomes one continual practice. That is why the hallmarks of contemplative spirituality—solitude, silence, and stillness—have never been more important for our society.Adopting contemplative practice is crucial to living into transformation and wholeness. The Christian Contemplative Tradition is a catalyst to true human flourishing. Until we are present to ourselves, we can never be fully present to anything. We can never hope to know the presence of God or other people until we can be with ourselves in stillness, openness, and attentiveness. Be Still and Know That I Am God. Ps. 46:10 In the broadest sense of the word, contemplation means creating sacred space to be still, to rest in God, to reflect, to look inward; to attend to the inner life; to simply be with God in solitude, silence and stillness. Contemplation can also be understood as Parker Palmer describes:“anything that dismantles our illusions.” I look forward to continuing on this theme in the weeks ahead! I hope you will subscribe to my Podcast on iTunes.Subscribe To Podcast on Apple iTunes You can also use the iTune sign up on the right side bar, as well as subscribe via Email to be notified of new posts. Subscribe to my Podcast on Spotify Thanks for taking the time to listen! I pray and trust that in some small way my words may give you helpful spiritual direction. With you on the Journey, Rob+

14 min2018 AUG 5
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What Is Your Practice? Being Present To Your Life

Podcast Episode #3 – The Gifts And Necessity of Solitude

Mark 6: 30-32 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. In this podcast episode I share some thoughts about the gifts and necessity of practicing solitude.With this invitation Jesus was calling his friends out of their busyness to a place of rest beyond the demands of their engagement and action. What about us? Fr. Henri Nouwen claims that “without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.” That is because the practice of solitude centers us in our own hearts and enables us to be “securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life.” Does my life naturally lean outward (without enough inward grounding), or does it naturally lean inward (without enough outward engagement)? What is one practice I could add to bring a fuller both/ and balance? The contemplative practice of solitude brings three gifts: Clarity, Presence, and Joy. These gifts are a necessity for a more flourishing life. Hope you enjoy! With you on the Journey, Rob+

11 min2018 AUG 25
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Podcast Episode #3 – The Gifts And Necessity of Solitude

Podcast Episode #4 Flourishing: Why It Is Good To Be You

To flourish in life, one must come to know and trust that it is good to be you. As Brian McLaren writes: “What we all want is pretty simple, really. We want to be alive. To feel alive. Not just to exist but to thrive….We want to be less lonely, less exhausted, less conflicted or afraid… more awake, more grateful, more energized and purposeful. We capture this kind of mindful, overbrimming life in terms like well-being, shalom, blessedness, wholeness, harmony, life to the full, and above all aliveness. In other words: Flourishing. In this episode I explore some of the meaning of these transforming words from Psalm 139: 13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” In the quest for the true self, one begins to appreciate and accept one’s personality and one’s life as an essential way that God calls us to be ourselves. Everyone is called to sanctity in different ways— in often very different ways. It is Good To Be You! 2. A Transforming Tool: The Sacred Enneagram.The Enneagram is a dynamic system for self-knowledge and spiritual transformation. It is a wonderful tool that can help us see and let go of the false self—which masks the image of God within us—and allow us to live from our True Self—the unique manifestation of Love that God intends us to be. With you on the Journey! Rob+

12 min2018 SEP 22
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Podcast Episode #4 Flourishing: Why It Is Good To Be You

Episode# 5 What Is Your Aim? The Sermon On The Mount

Dear Podcast Friends: The Sermon on The Mount isconcerned with the great theological and existential question of human flourishing. In this series of podcasts I will be looking at the key ideas of the sermon to highlight the most fruitful reading of the words of Jesus. This episode is centered on what I believe is the key that unlocks Jesus teaching: Seek first (make your aim) the Kingdom of God and its righteousness (goodness) and all these things will be added to you.” –Matthew 6:33 Dr. Jonathan Pennington in his book: The Sermon on The Mount and Human Flourishing makes this claim: “In short, I think the Sermon is a piece of wisdom teaching from Jesus that invites people into true human flourishing through wholeness centered on God and his coming kingdom. Jesus’ Sermon invites us to see the world in a certain way and to be in the world in a certain way that accords with God’s nature, will, and coming reign upon the earth. It is a call to faith‐based discipleship in Jesus, the Son of God.” I agree. It’s not a job to seek the Kingdom of God, but the greatest opportunity in human life! If it sounds dreary, that’s how badly we’ve missed the point. There is joy in seeking the kingdom. Main points of Episode: 1. Why we need to have an aim. What would be the highest aim in human life that leads to flourishing? You aim at what you value. We only see what we aim at.Aim high and live in the present. Who do you want to be? Who are you becoming? The surprising controversial work of Dr. Jordan Peterson and his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. 2. Grace is not opposed to effort.There is, of course, no question of doing this purely on our own. But we must act. Grace is opposed to earning, not to effort. And it is well-directed, decisive and sustained effort that is the key to the the kingdom and to the life of restful flourishing. Taking responsibility for the gift of grace and life. 3. The Kingdom of God, is God acting here and now. Dallas Willard showed me that the kingdom of God is strong and unshakable, that a life lived interactively with God never fails. Aim Up! With you on the Journey, Rob+

11 min2018 OCT 20
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Episode# 5 What Is Your Aim? The Sermon On The Mount

The Beatitudes: The Paradox Of Flourishing In The Face Of Suffering

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives his manifesto about the art of human flourishing. He joins the other rabbis and sages throughout history and answers life’s ultimate question, “how does a person live the good life?” Jesus’ answer to that question is so compelling that people have been writing, discussing, and wrestling over his words for over 2,000 years. The “blessings” of the Beatitudes—the macarisms, as he calls them, based on the Greek word makarios that Jesus uses—are descriptions of what it looks like to be living well in the present. They are grace-based, wisdom invitations to human flourishing in God’s coming kingdom.Embrace suffering and flourishing will follow. This is the true paradox of the Way of Christ. JESUS’ NARRATIVE: THE BEATITUDES ARE INVITATIONS OF INCLUSION INTO A WAY OF FLOURISHING AVAILABLE IN THE REALM OF GOD. The Beatitudesare not instructions to do anything. They do not indicate conditions that are especially pleasing to God or good for human beings.The Beatitudes are better heard as Jesus’ announcements of the dawning of the Kingdom Only if one believes Jesus’s claim that he is the bearer of an in-breaking divine, benevolent reign can one see those who are poor, tearful, hungry, and persecuted as flourishing. Flourishing are you! Rob+ P.S. Opening and Interlude music I created just for this podcast!

8 min2018 NOV 29
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The Beatitudes: The Paradox Of Flourishing In The Face Of Suffering

An Advent Sermon: Waking Up To The Coming Christ

Dear Friends, I have added a “Sermon Page” to my blog. I will be posting previous sermons and those I preach in the future from time to time. I hope they might be helpful for your journey and flourishing. First Sunday of Advent 2016 Fr. Rob Lord+ On The First Sunday of Advent, I sought to remind us that in the midst of this busy season, God gives us an invitation to wake up to the reality of our lives, the reality of His daily coming to us, and waiting for the appearance of Christ now and at His final coming. During Advent we learn: 1. To stay awake to our hearts. 2. To stay awake and present to those we love. 3. To stay awake to the coming of Christ every day and at his final Advent when he comes again. As St. Augustine said: “You are closer to me than I am to myself.” This is why Advent is a contemplative season that calls us to wait in silence on God’s loving embrace in Jesus Christ. May you have a meaningful and wonderful Advent. With you on The Journey, Rob+

14 min2018 DEC 3
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An Advent Sermon: Waking Up To The Coming Christ

Advent 3 Sermon: Joy Changes Everything

It was a great joy to preach this sermon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando today. I am deeply grateful to Fr. David Bumstead, Rector, for his kind invitation. May this “Joy Sunday” message bring you flourishing hope and encouragement. With you on the Journey, Rob+

11 min2018 DEC 17
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Advent 3 Sermon: Joy Changes Everything

To Be Beloved: Mere Spirituality

Stepping aside to move forward has given me time to return to reading and study of essential books and spiritual guides that have shaped my lifetime and vocation. In this podcast I reflect on the work of Fr. Henri Nouwen and his central theme of “Being The Beloved.” ` Raymond Carver, just before he died, as one of the finest writers of our time, wrote a fragment of a poem titled Last Fragment. I have shared this in several sermons and retreats across the years, including as part of my teaching the 2017 Clergy Conference of the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, Northern Ireland, for Bishop Ken Good. I want to share with you, as part of this podcast, an audio excerpt from a previous sermon I preached. And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” The spiritual journey is at its core the discovery of our belovedness as the essence of who we truly are. We are not what we do. We are not w...

9 min2019 JAN 10
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To Be Beloved: Mere Spirituality

Creative Side

One of my hobbies is creating, producing, arranging music on my digital audio workstation. Here is a short little offering I made for fun. I selected musical loops to add a rocking bluegrass feel. The lyrics are self explanatory! Sounds better with headphones! Hope it brings a smile to your day! Rob

3 min2019 JAN 24
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