Speaking of peace. . .

I was in Seattle at a conference when I heard that Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize.  I was thrilled for him and our country.  And then I began to hear a lot of grumbling from politicos on all sides.  I was struck, once again, by the lack of […]

By October 12, 2009 12 comments Karen's Musings

All is well. All is always well. . .

It’s not so easy to accept this aphorism.  Particularly when bad news has been passed on to you.  And that’s what occurred in my life this morning.  I heard about the death of a good friend’s spouse.  He was a wonderful man, remarkably joyful and caring.  She is a wonderful […]

Where should civility fit in my outreach to you. . .

I have been thinking a lot lately about the growing incivility of so many in positions of power, whether they are politicians or talk show hosts.  I don’t intend for this blog to be “political” in tone, but I am concerned about how influential some voices are, particularly voices that […]

By October 2, 2009 6 comments Karen's Musings

Another You Tube has posted. . .

I did another You Tube recently.  And like the last time, I  waited with trepidation to see if I could get it uploaded properly.  After a few attempts, I did.  I’d love it if you tuned in.  Google You tube: Another Visit With Author Karen Casey.  It should pop right […]

Detachment is giving up outcomes. . .

Perhaps you have heard this wise phrase: “our job is the effort, not the outcome.” How often do we embrace it fully? Generally, we want to “secure” the result that we have imagined is the perfect one. And to do this, we assume we have to shepherd the project or […]

Cultivating hope in ourselves and others is a worthy endeavor. . .

Get a small notebook that you carry with you everywhere and be ready to use it. Begin noting how others on your path demonstrate their hope.  Do this for a month.  Imitate them, in fact. Keep track of the times you extended love/hope to some one else over a seven […]

There are many miracles in one's life. . .

The Miracle of Sponsorship My more than three decades on this spiritual path have convinced me there is a mystical element in sponsorship.  Sponsoring someone means to guide them, to offer one’s experience, strength and hope, and to be available to simply listen when there is a need.   And […]

Some suggestions for creating an interesting day, every day. . .

1.  Look carefully at all the people you interact with over the next few days.  Take a moment at the end of each day and write down some reasons you think certain people crossed your path. 2.  The people who trigger anger in us are teaching us the most, some […]

We are exactly where we need to be. . .

I just returned from a wonderful experience in Augusta, MO.  I have been facilitating a writers’ workshop at the F.R.E.S.H. Renewal Center for 9 years and each time I think, “How could it ever be better than this?”  Once again, we closed the event on Sunday with tears streaming down […]

The decision to experience peace is the first step. . .

I was rereading something I had written in the late 70’s and it reminded me that I have been saying the same thing for years but unfortunately not always remembering to live the words.  In the Today’s Gift message from Hazelden today, my book Each Day A New Beginning was […]