Spirit of the Wood, Inspired

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 05-19-2007 03:02 PM 1357 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The following is this week’s article that I wrote for our local paper. Since working with wood, for me, is such a spiritual activity I thought I’d share this with you:

This week, while working with a client, I was asked, “what exactly is spirituality” and how do you know if your child is spiritual? As I stumbled with my ideas I found that putting words to it is very difficult, for me, anyway. Although there are probably different opinions of what being spiritual means, I thought that I would try and describe it based on my personal beliefs.

o Spirituality is about being aware that you are an individual connected to all things, impacting all things, and being impacted by all things (people, nature, Universe).

o Spirituality is being filled with awe and wonder at the greatness and the beauty of all things. Being captivated by the movements of a worm, the flight of a bird, or the processes that created a rock are signs of spirituality.

o Spirituality is being aware that you are on a journey of self-discovery, of enlightenment, and of a learning process filled with challenges and accomplishments.

o Spirituality is about respect for all things as well as the journeys that others are on, each filled with their own challenges, insights and accomplishments. It is about supporting others and allowing them to walk their paths in their own way.

o Spirituality is about being empathetic and compassionate. It is about living one’s life with honour and integrity.

o Spirituality is about living life, filled with joy and appreciation.

o Spirituality is about making a difference, impacting this world in some way in a positive manner.

o Spirituality is about being at peace with “what is” and living each moment “in the moment”.

o Spirituality is about living true to one’s Self.

o Spirituality is about knowing that life and Mother Nature and the Universe are all a part of something great.

As I think about what spirituality is, my heart warms at the thought of two people passing on the sidewalk, connecting with each other with a smile and a hello. I smile at the image of a young child mesmerized by the colour of a dandelion or by an ant walking along the ground.

And then I close my eyes and can feel the power of the Universe as it caresses my arm with a warm, spring breeze, or as a kiss of the sun’s rays bathes my face.

Opening my eyes and looking at the rooms in my home, I can sense the connection with my family; I can hear the conversations and laughter; and I can feel the support that we give each other and know that we are always here for each other.

My thoughts then drift from the home to the community and know that, if needed, the community – acquaintances and strangers alike – would come to my aid if needed and the compassion and support that is part of our human nature, our spirituality, would be overwhelming.

What is spirituality? I cannot define it specifically but I can describe what it looks like and I can feel it. I am it. We all are. We are one: individuals connected as part of the whole.

And so the Lifestyle Challenge this week is to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, breathe, speak, and act with a spiritual awareness and intention. En-JOY.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 05-19-2007 03:07 PM

Thanks for sharing Deb.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-19-2007 03:58 PM

Thanks, Debbie.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 05-19-2007 05:16 PM

Hi Debbie;
—-this is great, and I liked the read of what you wrote! all-so are a woodworking spiritual wonder!

Thanks for sharing this….

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 05-19-2007 05:42 PM

Good stuff! So much of the human experience is just a numbing of the spirit, war, anger, self-righteousness, drugs, alcohol, tv, just being busy all the time. The great reward of woodworking is slowing down and being present for the act of creation.
Thanks for the blog.

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#5 posted 05-20-2007 05:35 AM

Great story you wrote Ms Debbie Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 05-20-2007 05:52 AM

thanks debbie for your insightful thoughts on spirituality. I’ve ponder that for along time and find that you have covered many of the options that we should consider.

-- cronk, oregon

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#7 posted 05-20-2007 11:41 AM

thank you for the feedback everyone!

Dennis, that is so true – you really do have to be “in the moment” to do woodworking. I’m going to be thinking about that one now!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 05-21-2007 04:11 PM

Thanks Debbie

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-22-2007 01:09 AM

Thanks Debbie,
It makes a person think.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 05-22-2007 06:33 AM

Very nice article Debbie. I agree with Dennis too (although I seem to have trouble doing it). We need to just slow down. What a challenge in the world that many of us claim to ‘function’ in on daily basis. There are so many times when I want to just pack it up and go live in the woods with nothing more than an axe, saw, a few planes and a lot of gumption (not to mention the hunger that would likely come with it…) It is a very ‘romantic notion’ but appealing nonetheless.

Have you ever heard or or read a book called Into the Woods? I think my copy is packed up but it is the account of a couple’s journey written in the 70s I believe. GREAT book detailing their building of a cabin and the friends they acquired over time. I really think you would like it.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 05-22-2007 06:38 AM

I tried to find it on Amazon but a search yields about a 3-pg list of results for a Sondheim musical. I’ll ask my best friend about it. He is the one who lent be the book to begin with.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 05-22-2007 11:59 AM

I would love it, I’m sure!!! I’ll try and track it down.

One of “pieces of wisdom” that I’ve shared with clients (and changed one couple’s lives) is:
“we choose our bills”. Actually, the woman and I were just having a conversation at a store and I make the statement following a comment that you have to work, work, work, just to pay the bills. (She and her husband have a beautiful home, 2 cars etc).
She then became a client and we met for a few sessions as they started their life changing journey.

What do we really “need”?? Basic foods, a roof of some sort, and a domino? Right? haha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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