Francis’ First Cup 2/23/14

Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” ~ Marianne Willamson

Companions ~ by Jennifer Hall

Editor’s Note: This painting by Jennifer Hall brings together so many of the themes we’ve explored these past months at New Momentum, and I’m grateful for her willingness to share it here.  She describes the process that brought this painting about, and it’s a beautiful example of the creativity that’s possible when we become still, turn in, Read more

Francis’ First Cup 2/16/14

You never know how strong you have to be until being strong is the only choice you have. ~ Bob Marley

Resonance ~ by Sarah Stefanko

When I go on retreat, I spend much of my time lying face-up on a rock in the sun, looking at the sky through the trees.  Last year, I happened to notice sparkly, thin, spider-threads running from branch to branch.  When the sun shifted, I saw that they also ran from tree to tree.  Another Read more

Francis’ First Cup 2/03/14

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Francis’ First Cup 01/26/14

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not in the act, but in the habit. ~ Aristotle Photo by Lucian McAfee

NMFHU board elects new president.

On Saturday, January 18th, as part of the semi-annual meeting of the board of directors, New Momentum For Human Unity elected Sarah Stefanko as the organization’s new president. In addition to her role as the Editorial Chairperson for the group, Sarah will also be leading NMFHU into the future toward its goal of educating more and Read more

Francis’ First Cup 01/20/14

Never, never be afraid to do what is right, especially if the well-being of a human or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we confer on our own soul when we look the other way. ~ Martin Luther King

Finding Reverence in the Ordinary ~ Rose Mary Buhrman

Wouldn’t it be great to say of some great, earth-shattering event: “Ah, that was the moment in my life when I became aware of the Oneness of it all.” As silly as it may seem, my reverence for the Oneness came in a simple tote bag. I don’t know exactly when I woke up to Read more

Francis’ First Cup 01/12/14

The Presence of the Beloved living within us is like a pure diamond blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody and if we could only see it that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely. ~ Thomas Merton Photo by Brian Malloy

Francis’ First Cup 01/06/14

Nothing is so like God as Silence. ~ Meister Eckhart

Christmas Meditation

There is a genuine Christmas inside Christmas. When the Silent Music beneath the joyful caroling when the invisible Sun within the radiant candle when the secret Dance beneath the hurried movement when the unfelt Holding in every loving embrace when the ONE becomes heard and seen and known and felt a new human birth will Read more

No Mistakes: How You Can Change Adversity Into Abundance ~ From Rosemary Hurwitz

Editor’s note: Rosemary Hurwitz recently called our attention to this book, which she co-authored. They say everything happens for a reason, but when we’re in the midst of difficult times, that age-old saying can be difficult to believe… No Mistakes: How You Can Change Adversity Into Abundance features thirty inspiring personal stories, each contributed by Read more

The Problem of Fear ~ Chip Duncan

Foreword ~ by Sarah Stefanko ~ One thing all of our themes for the year have in common is that fear works counter to them. Fear comes to us in different ways at different times, and it’s powerful enough to keep us from listening to our lives in the quiet of meditation, from trusting our Read more


The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, how to let it come in. We think we don’t deserve love; we think if we let it in we will become soft. But a wise man named Leven said it right: “Love is the only rational act.” ~ Mitch Albom Read more


The image of the Beloved lifts its head from the heart like the moon from the horizon, like the flower from the branch. ~ Rumi


At the heart of silence is prayer; at the heart of prayer is faith; at the heart of faith is life; at the heart of life is service. ~ Mother Teresa


Wisdom is not a product of thought. The deep knowing that is wisdom arises though the simple act of giving someone or something your full attention. Attention is primordial intelligence, consciousness itself. ~ Eckhart Tolle


Growth of consciousness does not depend on the might of the intellect but on the connection of the heart. ~ Wayne Gerard Trotman


There is a radical transformation of consciousness that characterizes Homo Noeticus. a movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness. ~ John White


Nothing is completely itself without everything else. ~ Thomas Berry


We don’t need a law against McDonald’s or a law against slaughterhouse abuse – we ask for too much salvation from legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse. ~ Jack Solato


We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves. ~ Pema Chodron


Our main task in life is to give birth to ourselves. ~ Erich Fromm


Work is love made visible. ~ Kahlil Gibran


Today something is happening to the whole structure of human consciousness. A fresh kind of life is starting. ~ Teilhard de Chardin


When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they may seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it — always. ~ Gandhi


Progress is impossible without change. And those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw


At the core of your being there is love. Love is your spiritual identity. Every experience every encounter every lesson learned is life’s way of training you to be a greater expression of love. ~ Iyania Venzent


It doesn’t have to be a blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak. ~ Mary Oliver

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