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“All faiths have pearls of truth.” -*Simran Singh
A pearl is such a solid mass that it takes a diamond cutter to drill a hole through it. Metaphorically speaking drilling into each pearl going deep within to find that connecting link we eventually come out the opposite end with a better understanding of this truth. What lies in the depth of the pearl is the heart and soul of our longing…and every fiber that’s peeled away by our digging revels the same thing…the love of one God. As we string the pearls of faith together we create a beautiful vision of these pearls of faith and the commonality they share.
One last note, don’t forget a discerning spirit is always helpful in guiding your way through the process.
All it takes to create the littlest bit of goodness is a thought of gratitude and an expression of love. It’s a great recipe for creating a better world too.
“Driving Miss Daisy”
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We are the driver of the vehicle in which we exist. Like in the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” the spirit of God sits in the backseat and anxiously asks where you’re going to take me today? I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me. I can’t wait to see the world and life, through your eyes, through your perspective, through your guided tour.
When I look at it this way, it makes me sit up a little straighter in the driver’s seat. How can I not become excited myself to see life in return through the eyes of my inner spirit.
I can see this as an opportunity to show all the wonders and beauty of life as I experience or mindlessly drive along forgetting about passenger I’m driving for in the first place.
I can ask the spirit what do you want to see today? Then in a mindful meditative way allow that knowing to lead the way.
I can get up and route out a map and plan of where I want to take the spirit, but then I’m taking charge as I get caught up in the work of it rather than the spontaneity of our experience together. Then I’d be looking in the rearview mirror wondering after all my efforts where my passenger got to. Feeling the loss of of the spirit I’d have to pull over try to figure out what went wrong. Once I get out of my own way I can see the spirit coming forward leaning its arms on the back of the front seat saying, “let’s just see where life takes us today. With each place we go let’s look for the good, joy and beauty even in the most desolate of places. Let’s bring a sign of hope and place it in the ground where it’s needed, and let’s experience it together as one.”
“Onward Connie, I can’t wait to see what you see, to experience what you feel, and to watch your own excitement along the way, and as for the rest of it we’ll figure it out as we go.
I sit with my stuffed Pug snuggled up against me as I sit in my sacred place and pray for those in need. I light my candle as I’ve always done. I do my readings with an open mind. Then I close my eyes as I turn within. Please help me God that I might see, what exactly it is you have in mind for me.
I look at my stuffed Pug and I wish he could breath. I wish I could feel his heart beat against me. Is it the right time? I look at his blank stair, and that dry hanging tongue. There’s no wet sloppy kiss in it for for me.
If it’s the right time why is it taking so long. All I want to do is adopt a pup who wants to be loved.
I sooth myself by saying let it go, if it’s meant to be things will start to flow.
Huh!!! I sigh! Ok I’ll wait, and see what it is God has in store for me.
While I wait for my adoption papers to be approved, maybe you could say a prayer or two.
I love this quote!
Our automatic feeling when someone starts smelling bad is to distance ourself from them or push them away.
Even Jesus said, to turn the other cheek, meaning don’t react or retaliate. It’s difficult to lay our pride aside and still embrace them especially when the smell is overbearing. But the bottom line is if we don’t we’re going to slip into the same manure as they did, and stink just as bad.
How do I love thee let me count the way’s? Love is difficult to define. I know what it feels like to be loved. I know what it feels like to love. I can say, I love you to the moon and back, but even that doesn’t measure up to how much I love you. How do I love they? I can’t put into words because there are no words that can express how great it is. It’s as mystical as trying to explain what God is. I believe that’s because God and Love are one and the same.
What I can say is that God is at the center of our love for one another. We are bound together as one, and God is the glue that holds us together. How do I love thee? I can’t find the words. I just know that I do. it’s the greatest feeling in the world, and I’m so grateful I get to share it with someone as wonderful as you.
Silence is one of the golden threads in the tapestry of our friendship.
Mindfulness is the needle that weaves the threads of thought together.
How we think,listen and respond determines how bright our friendships shine.
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“Celebrating Of Life”
Who doesn’t want to wake up with the celebrated enthusiasm for life. I do! It truly is as easy as it sounds. However, the thing that makes it difficult is moving aside what stands in the way, and when we can’t move it, we need to find a way to rise above it.
When we are living within our own limited abilities as a humans, the ego state of mind, we often feel like the Whack-a-mole. What holds us up against that which knocks us down comes from a deeper connection within us. I call it our personal trinity, the mind, body and spirit. Some people will say that it is not me but the God within me that makes good things happen. This is true, but God also created us as humans with a mind all our own, and a personality to go along with it, and there is a purpose for all that makes up who we are. Our calling is to bring all the working parts God gave us together, and in partnership give to the world what only we can give.
Ego only wants to keep us in it’s grips. It tells us there is nothing else to see but the limited reality that’s in front of us. It’s always that which exist outside of us. Everything is connected. Just as Love works within all creation, we are called to be inter-connected with the same Love within us. In so doing we are able to reach out and extending that Love to one another. How beautiful to think the world could be if we lived within the means of our God given authenticity being the unique individual we were created to be.
Waking up each day remembering all that we have within us to work with . That trinity of mind, body and spirit all rolled up into one with no other intention but to extend the love from which we come. Now that’s a life worth celebrating everyday.
“I’ll be home for Christmas”
You know this familiar song at Christmas time. It congers up all the wonderful comforting feelings that come with retuning “home” again. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about going away on vacations is at the end when I walk through my front door. “Home!” ET pointed up toward the sky as he longed to find a way back to his planet. “I’ll be home for Christmas” those five words keep playing in my head, but with a different slant upon its meaning. It’s more of a coming back to that from which I’ve come in the spiritual sense.
Symbolically we all eventual leave home like the prodigal son wanting to explore and experience life for ourselves. There is a pull toward “something” unknown, and our need to find out what it is drives us. So we set out on our journey, getting lost along the way many times. Like the prodigal son ,we begin to wonder aimlessly until that longing for “something” leads us back to that from which we came, “home.” But like ET, our desperate need to find a way home looks impossibly. If we listen we can hear those five words playing in our head pointing the way that we long to go, “I’ll be home for Christmas. For it is in coming home for Christmas that we are reminded of why Jesus was born. He came to show us the way back home to where we belong. We all must come to that point when we long to come home once again for Christmas. Upon our return ,we realize what we’d been searching for all along was right here where we left it. What we realize at the time of our return is how necessary the journey away was. For it is only in the leaving that we learn what we had all along, and it is in the retuning that the meaning of “coming home for Christmas” is truly understood.
Yesterday I talked about resistance. Today I’m focused on going with the flow. It reminds me of when I went white water rafting with my family. How the river pulled us along its current. I remember thinking how hard it would be to try to paddle against it. It would be an endless struggle going against its resistance. As we floated along there were lots of obstacles in the way that we had to work our way around. If we lost our focus it would have been easy to get stuck. That’s when panic and fear can set in causing us to easily become disoriented. Thank goodness we had helpers floating around us who could get us unstuck.
Real life is this way. We can be floating along going with the current of life. Than suddenly we get stuck by the obstacles that get in our way. Confusion sets in. We find ourselves resisting the direction we need to go. Fear comes into play, followed by disillusionment and we become disoriented. There is no one to help us get unstuck. Even with God’s help we can’t become unstuck until we are willing to let go of that which stands in our way.
As I prepare for Thanksgiving day instead of focusing on all the work there is to do, and what comes after this holiday. Remembering the people I love and how thankful I am to have them in my life reminds me what Thanksgiving is all about in the first place. Being in the flow of all I have to be grateful for keeps me centered and focused on the direction I’m going.
Wow! It’s a whole lot easier to float along the current of love. I’m also finding it to be a lot more fun!