Pain in Progress

Have you ever noticed that things seem to get worse before they get better?  This is especially true when we are first introduced to a new way , of thinking, seeing  and being.

In Unity it is called chemicalization.  In the book, Lessons in Truth, Emily Cady compares it to putting soda into sour milk or other acid fluid.   When that is done, there is an agitation that takes place as one of the substances neutralizes the other the result of which is something better.

The same is true with a washing machine.  We put dirty clothes in and they become clean.  However, if all you did was fill it with water, add detergent, and then take them out they would not be very clean.  What cleans them is the agitation cycle and so it is with us.  It is the times of agitation that really help us to grow and become all that we were created to be.

So the next time you are going through a difficult time, things seem to be going all wrong – celebrate because your Higher Power is removing all the old stuff that is keeping you stuck so you can truly blossom into your true nature.

Quote of the Week
“Pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress.”  Bill Wilson

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APPRECIATION

Do you appreciate the people in your life, the things you have, what has happened or not happened in your life?  What does it mean to appreciate something?  Is it the same as gratitude?  One definition “appreciate” is to be grateful or thankful for – so in that respect it is the same.  

However, there is a second definition and that one means “to value or regard highly”. The definition of gratitude says nothing about the value or regard we have for what we are grateful for.

So we may feel grateful say for our health but do we appreciate our bodies and how they function and provide for us a way of life?  We may feel gratitude for people in our life but sometimes we don’t take the time (until we no longer have it), to really appreciate them. 

This week, take time to appreciate all that you are grateful for in your life. 

Take time to appreciate a sunset, the home you live in, and most importantly the people in your life.

Quote of the Week

“People who uplift you are the best kind of people.  You don’t simply keep them.  You have to treasure them.”

Dodinsky

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Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th!

Happy Freedom Day! Tomorrow is a day to remember, and appreciate, the freedom that we have in our country – but even more so, the freedom that we have as individuals.  

Not just free in the sense of politically or physically, but free to be all that we were created to be – if we choose to do so.  Ask yourself – am I free?  Free from fear, worry, discontent, and self-pity?  For some the answer might be no.

Usually the cause of this, is living our lives based on others expectations, or in reaction to others actions.  We have failed to take responsibility for building the life we want.

We work jobs that don’t satisfy us, relationships that don’t support us and activities that don’t nourish us.  We live in bondage to, not only what is done to us, but by our own limited thinking.

This July 4th, I challenge you to break out of the chains of bondage to find your authentic self and be free – free to be as God created you to be. Free to stop being a victim in life and understand that you are really a volunteer – that it is you who determines what you are volunteering for.

Quote of the Week

“Freedom in the oxygen of the soul.”                

Moshe Dayan

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ONE RULE TO LIVE BY

If you knew of one particular thing you could do that would bring you happiness, poise, courage, success, and contentment, would you do it?  Of course you would!  Well, there is such a tool and its available to everyone.  This tool is the Golden Rule – ifyou practice what it says in your life.

We find the Golden Rule expressed in various forms in every major religion including secular writings of Aristotle, Plato, and Seneca.  The Golden Rule is simply that we treat others as we wish to be treated.

If you want to be treated with kindness, love, compassion, caring and consideration, we must treat others that way.  We can’t go around the world yelling at other drivers, cutting off people to get a parking spot, or being angry at everyone and everything that does not go our way.

Kindness, caring and consideration have often been described as “love in action”.  Every day we are given opportunities to be a little kinder to others, to be understanding and supportive.  Most of us want to be this way but when life gets busy, harried and we are sometimes wrapped up in “our own stuff”, we fail to see how we are behaving and all the opportunities we are given to be love in action.

It can be difficult, but we need to make a concerted effort.  We owe it, not just to the world, but to ourselves as well, to make such an effort.

Quote of the Week

“If you contemplate the Golden Rule, it turns out to be an injunction to live by grace rather than by what you think other people deserve.”

Deepak Chopra

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Random Acts of Kindness

In So. Cal June is known for its June gloom.  While most of the country is experiencing the beginning of summer, the normal sunny skies are often gray and the temperatures can be as low as the 60’s during the day and 50’s at night.  

For me, I really enjoy this weather.  Having lived in the south for so many years where summer (hot, humid, and buggy) usually runs from May to October, having an extra month of spring/fall type of weather is nice.

To bring sunshine to this June gloom our congregation is doing Random of Acts of Kindness during the month.  It might not change the weather but it sure is a great way to bring sunshine into the world in spite of the weather.  

Kindness and compassion are always powerful tools, to not just make someone’s day, but to make a change in the world, one person at a time, one act at a time, one gesture at a time.

Besides making a difference in another person’s life, it makes our own lives filled with more sunshine no matter what the weather outside might be.

Quote of the Week

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

Henry James

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