This blog invites readers to ponder being spiritual beings. What does the Divine want from us? How do we pray? What are we supposed to do?
Where are we going? How are we supposed to get there? What is our purpose in Life? Infinite questions...some thoughts to guide the way to answers...
“In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body.” Barbara De Angelis
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Connecting to the Divine
The Helix Nebula - "Eye of God"Image via Wikipedia
Finding time for the Divine in the world today, is often a difficult task. (For the purpose of this post, I will also refer to the Divine as God and Spirit, but welcome readers to use whatever name they know the Divine by as they read.) Everyone has more on their plate than they can handle. Tragic events in the world bring such despair that we often question the very existence of God. So, how do we continue to walk the Good Red Road, continue to stay balanced on the Middle Path, continue to find the time to connect to Spirit?
For many people, going to a place of worship helps them to maintain their connection. Gathering with others of like mind, helps us remember who we are and what we believe. But often, once some people leave their place of worship, there is a disconnect in which they find themselves once more off balance. Staying connected to Spirit takes work and conscious effort all day long.
Many prophets and holy men and women from around the world reminded people to live mindfully. In other words, remember in every moment of every day that we are children of the Divine and that we are loved. We are called to remember that no matter how difficult life gets, Spirit is there with us. Spirit shows us how to share God's love with others.
Personally, I try to remember my connection to Spirit by saying little mantras throughout the day. "Dear God, I love you," or "Spirit of Light and Love, help me," are two of my most used mantras. I usually say these when I am not doing other things, like when I am waiting in line or when I am driving. The repetition of the mantra helps me focus my attention on the fact that the Divine is with me, always.
What ways do you use to keep the Divine close to you? Please share your thoughts and ideas so that we can all grow in our spirituality.
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In the evening, as we fall asleep, we leave the conscious world behind. Each morning, we rise again to a new day.
Most of the time, we go through life monotonously, one day spilling into the the next. No beginning, no end. What if we were mindfully aware as we awoke each morning that we are beginning a new day? What if, in rising again, we realize a fresh opportunity to let go of our past hurts? What if, in rising to a new day, we grasp the opportunity to begin our lives anew. A life full of gratitude and the intention of sharing the blessings we are given. Consider how different our lives could be if everyone was fully aware of this wonderful opportunity to begin each day anew!
This week, let us reflect on the metaphor of each day be…