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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people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be
there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure
out who you are or who you want to become.
never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor,
professor, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you
lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in
some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible,
painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without
overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential,
strength, willpower, or heart." (From Story of Life - Author Unknown)
As we move through life, we are given choices. These choices create who and what we are. Sometimes, we make choices that send us in a direction that isn't healthy for mind, body and/or spirit. That is when people come into our lives to guide and inspire us...if we choose to be open and listen.
Each of us is both the person who inspires as well as the person for whom inspiration is needed. We, once again, are given a choice of accepting these roles.
When disaster strikes, we can blame the world; close the doors and windows; cry until our tears run dry or curl up into a ball waiting for death to take us. OR, we can throw open the windows; let the light in and rise above the pain into life, helped by those who surround us and through whom we can gain strength. We can accept the lifelines thrown our way, allowing ourselves to be pulled to shore.
John Prine put it in other words, "You can gaze out the window get mad and get madder,
Throw your hands in the air, say "What does it matter?"
But it don't do no good to get angry,
So help me I know
For a heart stained in anger grows weak and grows bitter.
You become your own prisoner as you watch yourself sit there
Wrapped up in a trap of your very own
Chain of sorrow."
Bad things happen...everyday. How we face them is our choice. If you are in pain or suffering, reach out...take a hand. Once you find equilibrium, don't just go forward...look around. Help someone else out of the muck and mire of pain and suffering.
May we all be open to the wisdom of those around us and may we, then, share that wisdom with others.
A wise old bear once said, "We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” (A. A. Milne)
Fifty years ago, in a small community hall overseen by the Sister's of Charity, a group of teenagers were simply having fun making music, dancing and creating bonds that would last a lifetime. Recently, at their 50th reunion, the realization of Pooh's wisdom hit home.
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson’s definition of how friendship forms "includes the following criteria: 'Love is a momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events:
First, a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; second, a synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and third, a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.' What is then created, when this criteria is met, is a moment of love. And when one finds another that they are able to share several such moments, bonds are created, loyalt…
Someone told their elder that they didn't pray. Curious, the elder asked why. The person told the elder that they were never taught any prayers. So, the elder asked the person what they said when they saw something beautiful. The person replied, "Oh God, how beautiful." The elder next asked what did the person say when they wanted to show their love for someone. Looking at the elder like she was totally crazy, the person said, "I say, I love you."
The elder stood quiet for a second. With a huge smile, she lifted her head and said, "Then, you pray all the time!"
~~~~~ Prayer is conversation with the Creator, the Divine, the Source of All. Conversation isn't a canned script. Conversation is the exchange of words to express ideas and feelings as well as the sound of the words, facial expressions, gestures and unconscious thoughts. A simple, "Thank You," can be the catalyst for a conversation that lasts a lifetime. But how does the Almighty spea…
Hope His the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. Emily Dickinson Hope is needed in great quantities these days. Sometimes, we actually need a reminder that there is always hope, even in the darkest moments. I had one such reminder as I watched a flock of robins feeding on the lawn. One was up on a branch singing to beat the band. Emily's poem popped into my head, along with the reminder not to despair. Then, my teacher's mind realized this was a teachable moment! In many cultures, birds are messengers from the Great Spirit, the Creator, God. Birds are symbolic of angels. They can be found everywhere, yet, are fleeting and difficult to hold onto. Hope is the same way, I think. We nee…