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Active Spirituality

I recently read an excellent article in Spirituality & Health by Thomas Moore in which he stated what is to me a basic spiritual truth.  It is not what you believe that reflects your spirituality, but rather, “…the way you live.”

Japan

There are many times in life that we are left feeling helpless.  Certainly the situation in Japan is one of those fateful moments.  Yet, we are not powerless.  Beyond the rescue efforts in myriad forms, there is the power of prayer.  I invite you to prayers of comfort and healing for our fellow man.

From the Sanskrit

This quote  from a book I read yesterday really stuck with me and I wanted to share it with you: 

“Look to this day!  For it is life,  the very life of life… For yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision;  But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Pussywillow  by Mama San Ra-Ab Rampa

Seize The Day

As we stealthily move into 2011, I invite you to seize everyday however it comes to you.  Everyday presenting the opportunity to put your best foot forward.

The New Year

I have always thought it strange that we end and begin a ‘new year’ in the middle of the winter season.  Yet, there is an aspect that seems to fit for me regarding the reflecting, planning and goal-setting for the coming year.  The winter season is a perfect time to go within; to assess the past year and all it’s glories and defeats; and, to create a plan for the coming year.

For the first time in a really long while I am feeling  excitedly optimistic about the coming year.   I have been mulling over ideas  for the past three weeks.  I am now ready to commit  my goals to paper. 

There is no doubt that part of my optimism comes from the acknowledgement of how amazingly blessed I am. 

I have a good roof over my head; I can turn on a faucet and not only get potable water, but hot potable water, and,  I can shower in this luxury in the midst of cold, dark and murky weather; I have reliable transportation; good, healthy food in my belly;  amazing services (phone, utilities, mail).  I have the love of friends and family; I am free to come and go as I please; and  I can worship the God of my choice without fear of being nailed to a cross or burned at a stake.

I invite each and every one of you to take a year-end inventory.  Give ‘thanks’ where thanks is due.  Open your mind and your heart to the possibilities awaiting you, like dormant seeds patiently preparing to sprout.

What crop are you going to plant this year?  What seeds are you going to sow?  Plan now!

Your future is in your hands!

Word for Today, Relax

As we get closer to Christmas and all the celebrations occurring in the Winter Season, take a moment to catch your breath and relax.  It is so easy to overlook this very important process.  Taking a time out is a good thing.  It helps not only one’s energy and attitude, but the immune system too.

So sit back, take a deep breath, have a cup of tea and bask in the quieter moments of the season.

Elements

This is my ‘Word for the Day”.   I invite you to meditate throughout the day on the various elements of/in your life.

The Leonids

I am a sky watcher.  I am not a student of astronomy, I just love the beauty of the heavens.  I oooh and  ahhh at the awesome wonder of it all.  So, needless to say, I am a big fan of meteor showers.  I have been known to get up at 1:00 am and drive several miles to find the best viewing spots.  I have put a mattress on the ground and spent several hours enthralled by the show; although sometimes disappointed because of overcast or scant numbers of the streaking meteors, I continue to be a big fan.

Although the peak show for the Leonid’s was last night, I hope you can catch a glimpse of the magic in the sky.

Staying in Touch

Ii is remarkable how hard it is to stay in touch with family and friends.  The techno-age certainly offers a variety of means to do so, but they can be challenging in and of themselves.  It really seems to boil down to time and the demands of time.

A sure-fire indication of how stressed and pressed for time Americans are is in the lack of time we have for connecting with family and friends.  For me, both gardens are rather large and I find myself either ahead or behind in tending them.  Yet, when I do spend time in the gardens, I come away refreshed. 

I was reading this morning about women and stress in the workplace and the subsequent increase in heart attack associated with such stress.  Finding a few precious quality moments to spend in the garden can certainly go a long way to helping reduce this kind of stress.

Wellness

Today I am participating in a Wellness Fair.  As I prepare for the event I am reminded that wellness really is a whole or holistic affair.  For the body to be ‘well’ the mind and spirit need to be healthy too, and vice versa.

I invite you to take a few moments today and do an inventory of your personal wellness.  Marking for change those habits/behaviors you want to  improve; creating an outline for future reference; a foundation for creating successful strategies tailored to who you are and to your lifestyle. 

Remember,  change is a process not an event.

Word of the Week:

MASSACRE

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