From Rev. Arlene

I love the song, “I Release and I Let Go” which goes on to say, “I let Spirit run my life.”  In fact, we sing this song every Sunday at Unity of Orange County.  Although I love the song and often say I am letting go of something, I rarely do.  Like so many of us, it is easy to say but not so easy to do.  Either we try to control everything or we take the attitude that we are letting go and then believe that means we do not have to do anything.

Letting go means not letting go of our involvement but of the outcome. For example, let’s say our car breaks down.  Letting go does not mean we leave the car where it is, hop on a bus and just forget about it.  It means we let go of any anger or upset over the car breaking down so that we can take the step of calling a mechanic who can fix it.

When we surrender, let go, we begin to grow and things begin to change.  Solutions become available to us.  When we don’t surrender, it means we are still fighting the problem we are still obsessed with.  When we are obsessed with a problem we cannot see the solution.

When we let go of anxiety we become open to new ideas and new attitudes and our energy moves into creativity mode rather than defensive mode.  When we let go, we know that all will be ok since we know at the depth of our being that we are one with Spirit and all things will be ok in our life.

Quote of the Week

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.  Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

 

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From Rev. Arlene

Most people would not leave their home in the morning without brushing their teeth, combing their hair, and getting dressed. We understand the importance of being clothed and ready for the day on the outside, yet we face the day without being ready on the inside. We are conditioned to believing that the worldly stuff is so important and as a result forget that it is our condition within that really determines how well we will manage in life. When we look good outside, but do not feel good inside, we get “sucker-punched” when challenges appear during the day.

However, if we take time in the morning to prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually, we can handle with grace and ease whatever life throws at us. One of the best ways to prepare ourselves is with meditation.

Meditation does not necessarily mean sitting in a lotus position and having an outer body experience, although, for some people that is the purpose of meditation. Meditation can also be spending some time – whether it is 5 or 20 minutes – sitting quietly, focusing on our breath or a word or mantra, so that we are calm and settled when we leave the house.

If you already meditate, great! However, if you do not, try it for a week and see if it does not make a difference in your attitude, your disposition, and your outlook upon life! It is something that will bring such a positive change it will be worth getting up 10 minutes earlier just to do it.

Quote of the Week

“When we meditate every morning we are putting on armor for the day’s battle against our own impatience, inadequacy, resentment and hostility.” Eknath Easwaran

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From Rev. Arlene

Last week I did a memorial service for a 52-year old woman. As her friends and family shared about her, I thought, “Well she lived a full life!”. The song the woman’s mother picked for the final one was the old classic, “I Did It My Way”. It was the perfect song for the woman whose life we were celebrating.

I have always believed, and the service only reinforced that belief, that the best we can do with our lives is to live life fully, joyfully, abundantly. Not doing so is taking a gift from God and throwing it away. It was sad to see a life so full cut short so quickly but the thing I remember most was that at least she lived life to it’s fullest.

Too many people live lives of “quiet desperation”. They throw away the precious gift of life complaining about everything, never seeing the good that is all around them, and never taking chances in life because of fear or procrastination. At that service I reaffirmed my desire to live life as much as I can for as long as I can.

What about you? Are you always going to play things safe, never taking any chances, never reaching for the moon? Well today is the first day of the rest of your life so push yourself a little further, do something challenging, follow the teachings of Jesus and live life and live it abundantly.

There is a saying “Reach for the moon, even if you fall short you’ll land among the stars.” Life is not meant to be endured but to be enjoyed! Let’s go for it!

This Weeks Quote

“You can’t do passion halfway. Living your passion means you’re all in. You trust your heart and trust your gut wherever that takes you.”
Joe Plumeri

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From Rev. Arlene

Last week my grandson and I were on a ride at Universal Studios when the ride stopped. We had to sit and patiently wait until it started again. Although it was an interruption in our progress on the ride, it did not end the ride – the operator just needed to jump start it, and we were on our way again.

Sometimes in our spiritual journey we have an interruption or a delay. This is a time when it seems we are not making spiritual progress or that we are actually sliding backwards. These times are all part of our journey. They are not ends, just an indication that we have to do something to get ourselves going again.

Spending two weeks with my grandchildren was wonderful but my meditating stopped, my exercising stopped, and I found myself eating foods I normally do not eat. As a result, I began to feel like I had lost my connection with Spirit. I physically felt sluggish and tired all the time.

I have decided to kick-start my whole being – body, mind and spirit. What I need is a 30-day challenge that would, not only get me back on the path, but also push me past my comfort zone.

How are you doing right now? Could you use a little push to get you back on the path to spiritual, mental, and physical health? Then join me on the “30 Days to a Whole You!” program.

If you are interested, please respond to this email or make a comment on Facebook. I will be sending out suggestions on how to do it and we can form a support group to keep ourselves on track.

The challenge will begin on August 1st. Do something good for yourself and I guarantee the results will be worth the effort.

Quote of the Week

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu

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From Rev. Arlene

It is becoming an ordinary occurrence to turn on the TV and hear about someone killing someone – police killing someone, someone killing police, terrorists killing whoever is around, not to mention the other forms of violence that have become part of our daily lives. It can be upsetting causing even more anger and frustration which in turn creates more violence.

However, all the worry, fear, and retaliation is never a solution. At a time when it seems like the world has gone mad, if we look for it, if we are aware of it, we can see many acts of love, kindness, tolerance, and compassion all around us. Unfortunately, love and compassion does not make the news.

In order to become aware of these events we need to spend less time in front of the TV or computer and more time seeing all the peace, beauty, and good around us. We do this, not only by a heightened awareness, but, also, by taking time to treat everyone we meet as we would like to be treated.

I have noticed when I am kind, caring, and conscious of my behavior towards others, including strangers, the more kindness and friendliness I see on an everyday basis.

So, let’s spend less time paying attention to the news and more time out in the world being the change you wish to see. Together we can create a world that is a better place.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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