The Power of Thoughts

Many years ago my life was a mess.  I thought I was a victim and blamed everyone and everything for my misery.  Then I met my first spiritual mentor who told me that the problem was not “them” or anything “out there,” but me – my thinking, my words, and my actions.  She told me that If I wanted to change my life I had to change my thinking.

At first, I thought she was crazy.  I told her that if I could change my thoughts and my life I would have done so already.  I exclaimed that it was impossible to change my thinking as I had been thinking this way all my life.  

She then said something that seemed so simple that it sounded ridiculous.  She told me to just choose differently.  Choose to think differently, to make different types of choices, to take different kinds of actions.  I would like to say I did as she suggested immediately but of course, it took some time.

Changing our thoughts and thereby our lives is not easy and it takes time and practice but it can be done.  Our thinking determines how we speak and behave in the world and that all translates into the quality of life we have.

Does that mean that once we change our thinking we will have no challenges in life? NO!  Life happens.  But what it does mean is that we will find it possible to walk through those life situations with dignity and grace that would not be possible without a positive outlook on life in all its ups and downs.

It is time we stop blaming “them” or “it” and stop looking out there and go within, not in judgment, but to see where our thoughts are, and then to make the conscious decision to think differently.

Quote of the Week

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

Carl Jung

Message from the rails

I am writing this on a train trip to Seattle.  I have always wanted to take a train trip and sleep on a train. I am now fulfilling a dream.  Unfortunately, instead of the usual excitement before a new adventure, I was filled with trepidation.  

Not about the train ride itself, but how we were going to manage to get to the train with all the stuff we were taking.  Then I remembered that the God of my understanding is All Power, All Strength, and Omnipresence.  Once I remembered this Truth, I realized I had nothing to worry about and, as in the past, all was taken care of.

I do not know how I would get by in life with all its challenges without this knowing that there is a Presence that is always present and always active in my life. There was a time in my life that I did not have this connection and although I got by, it was a dark and gloomy existence without hope or faith that things would always be ok (even though it might not be as I wanted but was always what I needed).

Do you have a Higher Power that you know is always looking out for you and for your highest good?  If you do not, I suggest you work on finding one that will be there for you – in both the highs and lows of life.

For me, I found that God in Unity and for that, I will always be eternally grateful to a friend who introduced me to a faith where I found this Presence and Power that is Always With Me.  Thank you Mary wherever you are!

Quote of the Week

“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine.  I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is always right where I am.”    Ernest Holmes

New Year’s Commitments

Did you make some New Year Resolutions? Have you already broken them?

Instead of resolutions that do not usually last to Valentine’s Day, let’s make some commitments that will improve our lives. They are simple but not necessarily easy ones to do but even trying to do them will help us have happier and more peaceful lives.

First thing is to forgive yourself for any mistakes you may have made in 2021 or for that matter, any time in the past. We tend to hold onto our mistakes and carry them around like a badge of honor but it does us no good to do so, just let it go.

Since we are letting go of our past mistakes it is also a time to let go of others’ past mistakes – in other words, forgive. Holding onto resentments or grudges we are holding onto of who did what to us, let it go. Nothing is gained in life by walking around with a load of unforgiveness we are dragging around like a bag of rotten potatoes. The longer we carry it, the heavier and more rancid it becomes.

Once we let go of our past mistakes and the mistakes of others, we need to replace all that negativity with Love. Each day we can ask ourselves how can I be more loving in this world? If we ask we will find ways in which to do that.

I guarantee you that if you let go of all past negativity and move forward in Love, you will not only have a better year but you will have a better life.

Quote of the Week

“Too often we give others the power of controlling our emotions. Replace fear, hate, and anger with love and you will be free.”
Anonymous

Joy to the World

Joy is in the air! Can you feel it or have you too much to do and too little time?

Don’t miss the joy of the season.  Stop and take the time to appreciate this time of year.  

Visit some homes with amazing displays of lights, moving Santas, snowmen, and reindeers, go to a mall with a Santa to watch the faces of the children as they whisper their Christmas wishes into his ear.  

Can’t do any of that? Watch a Christmas movie – “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street” are just two of my favorites, but there are many other good ones.

Spend time alone meditating on what this holiday means.  See if you cannot feel a spark of the Divine that was within Jesus also within you. 

Whatever you decide, find the joy within.  Things in your life not as you would like? External things may affect how happy you feel but joy is a gift from God and no matter what the outside conditions may be, joy can always be felt when we take the time to connect with the Source of Joy.

This year make the decision that whatever may be going on, you are not going to let anything take the joy out of your heart.

May you have hope, peace, love, and joy this Christmas.

Joyfully,

Arlene

Quote of the Week

“Just remember the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”

  The Polar Express

The Season of Love

This week we celebrated Love for Advent.  But we are not talking about Love in the romantic sense, we are talking about the kind of Love that is God.  This time of year we see that love in the birth of Jesus, in Mary’s love of her baby, and Joseph’s love for Mary.  

The more we give love the more we receive it.  Giving love, more love, can be a turning point for the soul. Turning points are the blessed moments when the hardships of life’s adversity give way to an awakening to the presence of God.  Often it is a time of crisis but almost always it is when we need it the most.  

Most people underestimate the power of love and how it can be a positive effect on the world around them. But the loving things we do, think, and say, do have a real effect on others.  Love is a powerfully creative force that can dissolve misunderstandings and help adjust inharmonious situations.  

So this holiday season it is important to remember to show people how you feel about them.  You will find the season filled with enough love to flow into the entire year ahead.

Quote of the Week

“Love conquers all things.” 

Virgil