An Invitation to Love

I believe we all receive many invitations to wake up to the love that is within us and it is easy to accept those invitations that come with grace and joy. But what about the invitations that come with a challenge or resistance or even with some pain?

It’s easy to say yes to flowers and smiles and sunny days and nice people, but what can we do when life has situations that raise fear in us? The body reacts as if there is a saber-toothed tiger out there!

Stella Terrill Mann wrote this for someone who had tiger trouble:
“There’s a saber-toothed tiger out here,
Get ready to fight or to flee,
Said the cave man of old,
But I am more bold.
I bring him in, and we both have tea.”

It is saying that there is a power within us that can overcome any problem we meet in the world outside ourselves. We must learn how to use the power, time after time and day after day…until it becomes second nature and we will not flee from the tigers in our path. We will make friends with the new situation that looks like a tiger.

When we learn to use the power God gave us, we will stop having caveman reactions to modern-day situations. We will be quoting Paul, “I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me.”

My new resolve: I will not flee from tigers. I will invite them in for tea.

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Divine Order

DIVINE order in my mind; this is my prayer. Divine order so that there is no darkness or indecision. Divine order in my mind —divine balance, divine wisdom, divine light.

Divine order in my body; this is my prayer. Divine order so that there is no lack of strength, no lack of life. Divine order in my body—divine healing, divine energy, divine renewal.

Divine order in my emotions; this is my prayer. Divine order so that there is no hurt, no bitterness, no grief. Divine order in my emotions— divine forgiveness, divine love, divine peace.

Divine order in my home; this is my prayer. Divine order so that there is no inharmony, no unfulfilled need. Divine order in my home—divine agreement, divine joy, divine supply.

Divine order in all my activities; this is my prayer. Divine order so that there is no failure, no unhappiness, no frustration. Divine order in my activities—divine purpose, divine happiness, divine success.

Experiencing Life as a Mystery Tour

Pondering what’s next in life for me and I have been considering the analogy that Life is a mystery tour; perhaps the Ultimate Mystery Tour. We sign on for the tour when we come into this world. We have God, universal Spirit, as our Tour Guide.  We can relax and cheerfully anticipate each day and each encounter, believing that Spirt/Higher Power has planned things well.

Imagining that myself and other travelers are eagerly looking forward to what will happen and excited by the events because we are all living in the Now moment, without attachment to the hows and whys of our destination. No worries needed on our part.  Just as in a “real life” tour, we trust that our guide has plans in place that will enhance our lives and also our enjoyment of the trip. We can let go of thinking that we need to be in charge of everything or anything.

There have been other people who have written or pondered life as a journey but often those people saw the journey as mundane and only the final destination as important. I see both our journey and our destination in the same way a friend once said of her life, “Everything is up in the air!” And another friend immediately replied, “How wonderful! What potential!”

Yes, all of our cards are always up in the air, no matter how much of an illusion we have of being in control. We are on a mystery tour, and what potential there is!

I am relaxing and looking forward to experiencing happiness, excitement, sharing and laughing, learning, going places and seeing things I’d otherwise not experience.

Truth is…we do indeed create our own reality. I am relying on faith and positive anticipation to know that everything in my life has good in it. I may sometimes have to pause and ponder…but I am confident, that my experience of the Ultimate Mystery Tour (my life) will be joyous as my source and guide has planned.

Morning thoughts…

Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without the insistence that they satisfy you.” ~Wayne Dyer

My mind can comprehend unconditional love as a possibility BUT my mind and my heart are challenged by what I see humans, myself included, doing and being. Maybe withholding our acceptance of some people is a defense mechanism based on the illusion that we are safe if we keep some people out of our heart. But if our true nature is Oneness, can we really be happy in separation?

This is what I am pondering today…my lack of acceptance for those who want to disenfranchise certain portions of the population from rights and experiences. And if I do NOT accept them, am I not doing the same thing I despise in them?

A world that works for everyone and includes everyone is challenging to imagine. Not believing everything that everyone else believes but respecting all people’s rights to believe what they feel is best for them and for their life…living a life that includes and accepts all beings.

Well, THAT should keep me busy for a few lifetimes!

 

 

JOY is an inside job!

“If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer and always have been. Didn’t you know?” ~Rumi

That “house of clay” Rumi speaks of is that aspect of our being so easily seduced by the pull of the human condition; that part of us that looks to the world for our sense of wholeness and happiness. Moving into our house of joy means taking the plunge from our head to our heart, where the presence of the One is felt, embodied, and then actualized in our lives.

A life without meaning is joyless, and a life without joy is meaningless.

As you go through your day, remember that you don’t need a special dispensation or a special occasion to be joyful. There is never a moment when joy is further away than your next thought or your very next breath.

taking a deep breath…

Rev. Donna

 

 

Cleaning out and reorganizing

Most professional organizers suggest having three containers when beginning to reorganize. One box is for things to throw away, one box is for things to give away,  and one box is for things to keep.

Hmmm, wondering if it is possible to use this same procedure for cleaning out and reorganizing your mental and emotional habits as well? One box for all those negative thoughts in your mind about not being good enough, not having enough, not doing enough: throw away! One box is for those opportunities where you can give something to each person you encounter each day…a smile, a hello, patience rather than irritation, praise rather than criticism: give away! And one box is for recognizing the value of yourself, your divinity…all the positive, loving attributes that make you unique and worthy: keep forever!!

Start today to create a better tomorrow…and have fun with it!

 

Living “in gratitude”

We don’t teach meditation to young monks. They are not ready for it until they stop slamming doors.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We stop slamming doors when we recognize that everything good in life is a gift. We can’t earn it – it is free. That is when we truly are living “in gratitude” every day. We remember that life is a gift to be grateful for and not a right to be claimed.

Set yourself free. Quit slamming doors. Change your mind and change your life. Live in gratitude.

walking thru life barefoot and stubbing my toe on the Truth…Donna