Mary Noble Garcia

Acts of Kindness

In the beautifully illustrated book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, Charlie Mackesyoffers wisdom for young and old alike. Sitting together on a tree branch, the mole asks the boy, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Kind,” said the boy. The pandemic...

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Honor Your Feelings

Life during a pandemic brings unexpected, unwelcome feelings.  What if we were to meet those feelings at the door and graciously “welcome and entertain them all” as Rumi suggests in “The Guest House?” This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A...

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Gifts of the Enneagram

by Mary Noble Garcia Listening to the sacred story of each person who comes to receive spiritual direction has been both privilege and gift.  This gift was given in new ways as I listened to the stories of hundreds of people through my participation in the...

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Shifting Attention Can Bring Transformation

by Mary Noble Garcia As I work toward my teacher certification in the Enneagram, I have been reflecting on the ways I am called to live more authentically.  A quote by teacher and author, Helen Palmer, inspires me: “The power to choose where we place our...

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The Place of Meeting

by Mary Noble Garcia “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”                                                                                                                                  —Frederick...

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The Voices at the Table

by Mary Noble Garcia About two years ago I was invited to be a part of a women’s writing group.  My first response was, “Me?  I am not a writer.”  In my prayer I felt a nudge to listen to a very quiet voice that said, “What a great opportunity!”  I was reminded of...

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Invitation to Love and Compassion

by Mary Noble Garcia We had just entered those months in Minnesota when there is hope for spring. Long before my alarm sounded, I awoke to an unusual noise coming through the windows, which had been shut tight against the cold.  I quickly got out of bed, put on a...

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An Irish Wake

By Mary Noble Garcia In the spirit of this month when we express gratitude and remember our loved ones, both those who have gone before us and those who are still with us, I share this story. The best gifts are often those that are unexpected. This one arrived in its...

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Time-Out to Remember

by Mary Noble Garcia Not long ago I decided to put myself in time-out.  I drew from wisdom learned almost two decades earlier. I had been home all day with my three-year-old son. He had perceptively pushed every one of my buttons.  I felt overwhelmed and exhausted.  I...

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Labyrinth in the Dark

By Mary Noble Garcia Overlooking a spring-fed lake, the labyrinth was cut into the prairie. The moon was rising on the horizon in the clear night sky. Darkness surrounded us as we stepped outside to walk the labyrinth.  These were the instructions: Walk in silence. If...

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