Silence is the language of God…


Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. ~ Rumi

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It’s Thanksgiving week.  I should probably write a post about giving thanks and being thankful and grateful.  I am of course thankful for a lot of things.  I do a mostly daily practice of naming three things I am thankful for. 

1) I am thankful for being alive and for breathing
2) I am thankful for nature and it’s healing power
3) I am thankful for my family and friends who I will be spending time with this week as part of our Thanksgiving celebration. 

There that’s done.  I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.  

This week I have continued to find myself listening to the silence.  Listening to the calm.  Listening for God.  Listening to the messages the universe is sending me.  And that has led to more calm and more clarity and more focus.  I did a couple of really good meditations on Insight Timer. 

One of them was interesting enough to write about and it was a theme around winning at the game of life.  The meditation teacher said that if you can focus on 3 seconds and hold your attention at that moment then you win.  So you could right now count 1, 2, 3 and then say WIN.  And so I have been trying to be more present and focus on the daily moments of my life with my children and with my family and while I am driving or while I am running. 

The game is to see how many times you can say in your mind 1, 2, 3, WIN in each day.  How many times can you win at the game of life this week?

Happy Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful and grateful you are part of Matt’s Motivational Monday!

Namaste.  Peace be with you.

From Matt


1) I will listen to the silence and learn from what it teaches me
2) I will look forward to what God is doing in my life
3) My body and mind are a temple of the Holy Spirit and I will treat them that way.  

Nature itself is the best physician…


“Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This past week I had a couple of healing experiences in nature.  On Wednesday after reading with my reading buddy John Paul at Alison Elementary school, I went to the Roy G. Guerrero Park.  I usually ride my bike and then do a run but this particular Wednesday I was pretty tired so I just laid in the car and looked out at the trees.  I just admired their beauty.  I just stared at them.  I just sat in complete silence.  Then I took a walk to a spot where I felt like God speaks to me and listened to what God had to say and listened to what nature might be saying to me.  It was very different than speeding by nature on my bike or a run.  

Then additionally on Friday, I was running on my lunch break on the Town Lake Hike and Bike trail and I felt the urge to stop and sit and absorb nature again.  There is something grounding about being in nature.  There is something healing about being in nature. 

It’s a good thing.  Here are a few more quotes that ring true to me this week:

Nature can bring you to stillness, that is its gift to you.” – Eckhart Tolle

Walk in nature and feel the healing power of the trees.” – Anthony William

This week may you find some time to spend in nature.  May you find that it is healing to be in the beautiful natural uncluttered beauty of it all.  May you know that nature has healing power and is grounding for your soul.  

Happy Monday!  


1) Spending time in nature heals my soul. 
2) I love the feeling of being in nature.
3) This week I will cherish my experiences that nature provides for me. 

Happy Birthday to me!


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today, Monday, November 11th is my birthday.  Today, I am 14975 days old.  Isn’t cool that this year my birthday falls on Matt’s Motivational Monday?  It does not fall on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.  It falls on Monday.  And I think that is significant.  TGIM!  

As I reflect on this day when I was born, here are my thoughts and/or some of my favorite quotes: 

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” William Barclay

The glory of God is man fully alive.” (Saint Irenaeus)

What this world needs is more people who are fully alive. 
What this world needs is more love. 

So Happy Birthday Matthew Hansen Bryant!  Enjoy the day!  


1) I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters.
2) I am love, I was created in love and I make space for love in my life. 
3) I love myself and I love my life. 

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Whatever you did for the one of the least of these….


“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 
~ Jesus from Matthew 25:40

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This week I participated in a challenge called the Matthew 25 challenge.  Each day I was to do a minor task and think about the people in Africa who don’t have clean water, who don’t have enough to eat, and who don’t have a good place to sleep, and who have to wear the same clothes every day.  It was a challenging and moving experience.  Emily and I participated. 

Monday Day 1 – Well to be totally honest, day one we were supposed to skip our lunch, but my wife said that we needed to switch Day 1 with Day 3.  So Day 3 was sleep on the floor.  So on Monday I slept on the floor.  This was uncomfortable and Emily and I did not sleep well.  Thank God I have a comfortable bed.  But even my floor was pretty nice compared to some conditions in the world.  

Tuesday Day 2 – Drink only water.  You were allowed to eat whatever you wanted but could not have any coffee or soda or that kind of stuff.  That was not a problem for me since I normally just drink water.  So I got to drink a lot of water that day.  It was nice clean water.  I have water almost everywhere I go and everywhere I want.  I can get water.  I can stop in a store and buy some, some comes out of my tap, I have to walk to fill up my water bottle but it’s plentiful over here in the US and in Austin Texas.  

Wednesday – Day 3 – skip lunch and pray for kids who don’t have enough to eat.  That was definitely challenging since I am used to eating whatever I want when I want to and hardly ever have to go without food.  I was hungry.  Emily skipped her after school snacks and was sad and hungry.  She was also more emotional than normal. I thank God for all the abundant food that is all around me.

Thursday – Day 4 – wear the same clothes as you did the day before.  I worked from home on Thursday so this not really a big deal.  I wore the same clothes.  Emily wore the same shirt as the day before but changed her pants. I thank God for all the clothes I have.  

Friday – Day 5 – Write a letter to someone who is hurting.  I just wrote a letter to my friend who is hurting.  Done.

Saturday – Day 6 – Do a 30 minute prayer walk.  Well we kind of skipped that one. 

If you want to participate in the Matthew 25 challenge just text Matthew25 to 44888.   

In addition to the Matthew 25 challenge, I did the run for the water 10 mile race on Sunday which was great way to tie this all together.  It combined my passion for running with a great cause.  It was to raise money for people to have clean water in Burundi, Africa. 

On this Monday may you be thankful for what you have, listen to your inner voice, and celebrate the days you have been given here on earth.  They are all a gift from God. 


1) I thank God for providing me with opportunities to grow and to transform.

2) I am a stronger and wiser person because of my tests and challenges.
3) Better the pain, than to remain the same.
Run for the Water – 10 mile race with my brother-in-law Eric – Finishing pic