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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Cool Spot-Literally

We've had some HOT weather the past few days. I thought about the wonderful shaded places I like to frequent. Wouldn't you know I was drawn to another bench. In this little sanctuary, the birds were flitting about and a dry warm breeze rustled the leaves overhead. Yes, I thought about the words from my previous post. For those who don't page back in blogs, here are my reflections composed into a poem.

The Empty Bench

An inspirational poem by Julie Carda


Benches are an invitation

Provide a place of relaxation

Offer opportunity for meditation

And add mystery to exploration.


Why place a bench in just such a way

Is it that perhaps at the end of a day

The weary worker, traveler, adventurer may

Have a seat and stay—for a moment.


Then does that bench transform

The guest into a dreamer of reform

With the past, present, future a swarm

Of brilliance above all conform?


And in the end what remains

Are vibrations as bountiful as one hundred cranes

Carrying the dreams like a long stretch of train

Into a universe which gains


Co-created molecular particles

Re-assembled into canticles

Which fill every human receptacle

With a love inspired miracle

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