Rev. Arlene’s Blog
Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.
Spring is here (in Southern California), although it might be different wherever you are. But whenever springtime arrives it is a time of renewal and growth. All around, nature begins to awaken from its long winter sleep.
Just as energy fills our planet it, also, fills us humans as the days begin to get longer and warmer. I think that is why so many people enter into a frenzy of spring cleaning. What is interesting to me is that if we were to put half as much energy into our spiritual life, as the energy we put into our gardens and our homes, spring could be a powerful time of spiritual renewal and advancement.
Here are some ways to do a cleaning of our spiritual interiors as we clean our home interiors. First take some time in prayer and meditation asking God to clean our hearts and create in us a new spirit. This is not something we can do ourselves and, therefore, we must seek God in this matter.
Next clean out your spirit by eliminating all complaining and criticizing. Words that are critical are damaging to the health of our soul. Try going 21 days without doing any complaining and criticizing, you will be surprised at the results.
Lastly, clean out the cobwebs of your inner being by forgiving everyone and everything. We can do this by praying for the person we need to forgive and if we cannot do that, we can pray for the willingness to forgive.
Spring forth this season with a new spirit, a new sense of purpose and a feeling of “Light”ness as you clear out the deep recesses of your being and open up to the “Sunlight of the Spirit”.
Quote of the Week
“Krishna insisted on outer cleanliness and inner cleansing. Clean clothes (or houses) and clean minds are an ideal combination.” Sathya Sai Baba
Here we are again, changing the clocks. Surely a sign of spring and longer days to enjoy everything our wonderful planet has to offer.
There is something magical about this time of year. For me, the longer days represent the chance to see sunsets on the beach and spend time walking along the shoreline taking in the majesty and wonder that is the ocean.
It seems everything is energized in the spring as nature begins to bring forth bursts of colors and life. Spring also reminds us that life is continually evolving, growing, changing as are we.
Take advantage of the longer days to come and spend time appreciating all the beauty and wonder that is God in action.
Quote of the Week
“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Harriet Ann Jacobs
Are you a happy person or a gloomy one? Do you have a positive, “can do” attitude filled with gratitude, or do you walk around feeling like life is a burden just to be endured?
Did you know that each day we get to make the decision whether to be happy or not? Yes, happiness is a choice we make and is not determined by what other people do or do not do. This is a difficult concept for many of us to accept. We spend our lives being victims and feeling like our misery is beyond our control.
For years I fell into that category of victim – filled with self-pity, self-doubt and self-centeredness. Then a wise mentor of mine taught me that I had a choice as to how I wanted to live my life and who I wanted to be in the world. She told me that how I prepared myself early in the morning made an impression upon others throughout the day.
Each day upon awakening we get to decide whether or not we want to be happy. Does that mean that “stuff” won’t happen to us? No, it just means that we do not allow that “stuff” to determine whether or not we are happy.
Tomorrow, when you wake up, make the decision to be happy, no matter what! You may be surprised at how great a day you will have.
Quote of the Week
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
In all changes in life there are endings and beginnings. As difficult as beginnings and endings can be, it is the Middle, some call it ”The Void” – the time between something ending and another thing beginning – that can truly be a challenge.
It is during this “Middle” that doubts and fears really rear up and begin to plague us. It seems like we will never reach our goal or that new beginning. We are neither here nor there.
Endings can certainly be upsetting; it is like an earthquake shaking up our life. The Void, is like being lost at sea or in the desert. This time can feel empty because we no longer have what is familiar and we do not yet have that which is new and often exciting.
But this time in the Middle is an important aspect of the change process in that it is here that we strengthen our spiritual selves in preparation for what is yet to come. There are many mystics that see this, “ Middle” as “Sacred Emptiness,” for it is during this time that we become truly alive, awake, and receptive to wisdom.
It is here, if we willing to spend time in The Silence, when God may speak directly to us…but we must be open and willing to receive His Presence.
Quote of the Week
“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” Wayne Dyer
Leaps of Faith – they can be scary, but if they were not, they would not be called a Leap of Faith. The term Leap of Faith is about making changes that are not easy. If they were easy, they would not require much faith.
Making a change in our home such as buying a new sofa is not a leap of faith although it is a change. Moving to a new home, in a place far from your friends and family, is a leap of faith.
Some people have trouble taking leaps of faith. They like to stay near the shore where it is safe – and there is no problem with that if that is what your heart tells you to do. However, allowing fear to be our motivator in making decisions is not a good idea.
The next time you are faced with a difficult decision that is frightening because you have to step out on a ledge to take the first step, ask yourself, “What would I do if I were brave? What is my motivation in the choice I make – fear or love/faith?”
Something I have learned through the many leaps I have taken in my life is that, whether I land safely or whether I fall, it is always a positive growth experience. Leaps of faith make me spend more time with God, spend more time in prayer and meditation, and in constant conversation with God as I move forward.
Remember that it is not a leap of faith unless it requires us to have faith even in the face of doubts and fears. It is the “road less travelled” but it is the road of heroes.
Quote of the Week
“Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be only afraid of standing still.”