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  •  A few things that have helped me in dire times (1+ / 0-)
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    (even, dare I say, a few vestry meetings):

    Slow, deep breathing. This is a classic because it works. I once raised a student's course grade a point by teaching her this as a tool against test anxiety. Your hands on your abdomen are a help to confirm that it's diaphragm breathing.

    Using your knuckles as an impromptu quasi-rosary. Choice of words to fit the situation and repeat at a slow pace touching each knuckle. Some that would fit tonight would be "May truth prevail", "may we be one," or "Spirit lead us." I have come through some hard vestry meetings with the trisagion (holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one).

    They've helped me so I thought I would share.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:45:14 PM PDT

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    •  Oh I wish I had hours to dwell on this (1+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama

      wonderful post.  Thank you.

      I understand that trisagion means trinity.

      I never learned before that Episcopalians pray the rosary, although I should have known that.

      The knuckle trick is a great idea.  For what it's worth, I use my rather Teutonic memory, and my morning prayers keep getting longer and longer to the point where it is now taking almost 20 minutes (which I usually do on a treadmill).

      Yes. Daily prayer helps.  I have complete faith in that.

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