by Wendy Strgar September 30, 2010
Today I was talking to a friend and colleague who lives in Boulder Colorado. She was sharing the volunteer work she was doing in support of the many people who lost so much during the recent fire. With more than $8 million of losses, it has been called the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history.
One of the stories of total loss that she shared was unforgettable. The only thing that remained in the place of a 4500 square foot, 3 story home was this angel. The recognition by the homeowner that “spirit is what remains” is more remarkable still. The foundation of my own faith is the belief in something bigger than the material world that defines and consumes life in equal measure.
I was reminded of the Montmartre Cathedral in Paris which shares a similar story of the church being the only thing left standing in a 10 block radius after German bombing. All of the neighbors who came to the church for protection were spared. The surrounding neighborhood was reduced to rubble, but the church was untouched.
In every spiritual discipline that I have studied and the height of my view on religiosity is this: that the truth of life lies far beyond the three dimensional, sensory experience. Faith and love are forces more powerful than any material destruction that we can experience. After it is all over, they will endure. In light of the ever increasing challenges we face in the world, knowing this truth and that goodness is everywhere you look is more than solace. It is a life direction. It is the solution.
by Wendy Strgar March 21, 2019
Usually by the time we “spring forward,” most of us have long forgotten our New Year’s resolutions and not because we don’t want to change, but because the big sweeping ones we plan for after our third glass of champagne are so hard to get our hands around in the day to day. While the desire for change is earnest, what most of us miss is that real change is found in the small steps that we do consistently.
by Wendy Strgar February 21, 2019
Our sense of smell is ancient and the source of our most powerful emotional memories. It is also the primal sensory pathway to sexual attraction. And yet, we often give little attention to all that our sense of smell can evoke, in part because we have so little vocabulary for scent. Often we're limited to “it smells like…” and delineated only between pleasant and unpleasant.