From Rev. Arlene

Who are you?

To many, the answer to this question, may seem easy.  If asked who they are, they would give their identity based on their job, their marital or parental status, or their religion, nationality, ethnicity or sexual identity.  We often confuse who we are by what we do, where we come from, or our role in life.

This is all well and good but what happens when, what we identify with, changes?  When we lose our job, when our children move away, when we change our marital status or move to another county we can become confused and frightened because all of a sudden what we were is no longer what we are.

When we understand, however, that in Truth, we are much more than our physical identity, when we are not defined by our jobs or relationships, we can handle any changes in our life.  When we know we are part of the Universe and that we are so much more than our job, no matter what changes happen in our lives, we adapt, we move on, we grow and we evolve.

Try answering the question – who am I without using labels.  Try going within and asking the question instead, who was I created to be?

Quote of the Week

What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that.                                                                Eckhart Tolle

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From Rev. Arlene

How is your relationship with God?

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day – a day when children make a special effort to remember their mothers.  We need days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day because, often in our busy lives, we forget to acknowledge the people that have meant the most to us.

The same is true with God/Spirit/Divine Mind/Higher Power.  We are often so busy trying to manage our lives that we forget to first establish our relationship with God.  We forget to seek the inner wisdom that comes from within when we are trying to make a decision.  We seek things on the outside to help us feel better about ourselves, to feel more loved, or to have a deeper peace.

But that which we seek from the world around us is already within us.  Just like a part of a mother is within her child, part of Spirit is within each of us. We forget this because we do not take the time to connect with our Spirit.  In a very real and spiritual sense, He/She is our parent and we are His/Her child.

Let’s do ourselves a favor – tomorrow, before we head out of the house, let’s take some time, even if only for a few minutes, to be in The Silence and see what a difference it makes!  We just might find the guidance and love we have been seeking has always been available to us because it’s here, within us, every step of every day.

Quote of the Week

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.”  Buddha

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From Rev. Arlene

If we want to move forward in our lives, it is important that we set an intention on where we want to go.  If we don’t, we’ll wander and become lost.   Imagine going on a trip and not having any idea of where you are going, how you are going to get there, or even why you want to go there.

Yet, that is how we often live our lives.  We just spend our lives reacting to events, rather than focusing on what we want or where we want to go.  We live our lives as victims of external situations or people and then we wonder why we are not happy, peaceful, or contented.

Many people we respect such as Oprah, Gandhi, Carnegie, were not born within the best family or the best education.  They were not handed things on a silver platter.  What they all have in common is that they were focused on wanting to do something, to be something, and then they took the actions necessary to change their lives in spite of their background.

Try waking up in the morning and instead of complaining, ask yoursIMG_1141elf, “What is my dream, where do I want to be in 5, 10, or 20 years from now, and what can I do today to move my life forward”?  It might be something small such as looking at the classifieds for a job, cleaning out the excess from your life that is weighing you down, or meditating on what it is you can do to make this world a better place.

The important thing is to not give up – on our dreams, our hopes.  “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”, so why not make it count!

Quote of the Week

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

 

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From Rev. Arlene

Who do you respect?  Who do you appreciate?

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We all have people we respect and appreciate – some are famous people and some are people we know personally.  The people we know that we feel this way about we honor, cherish, value, and we hold dear.

What would our earth look like if we did the same regarding our planet?  What if we showed more respect and appreciation, would we take more care in how we treated her?

Last Friday was Earth Day, and for many, it is the one day a year we give thought to this precious, life giving ball of dirt and water we call earth.  Most of the time, we take little notice of all the beauty it produces.  We are rarely grateful for all the creatures that inhabit it and make our lives better because of their existence.  We fail to understand how trees are important, not just to the animals that make their homes in them, but to cherish the fresh air they provide, the shade on a hot day, and the way they help to clean up the pollution we humans so easily make.

Just as it is important for us to let the people we love know how we feel, it is important to let our planet know that we do cherish it.  Instead of celebrating Earth Day one day a year, find three things you can do on a regular basis to take better care of this wonderful, amazing, special place we call home, Earth!  Just a little thing like picking up someone else’s litter can make a big difference.  What we do today becomes our legacy for all the tomorrows to come.

Quote of the Week

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”                                                                                                                                   Jane Goodall

 

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From Rev. Arlene

I recently heard someone say, “If we take our past into our present, we cannot move into the future.”  I know, for me, this is true.  When I cling to things of the past, I am not living in the present, and I cannot see all the possibilities and potential of the future.

We often carry around the baggage of our past as either a badge of honor or as a bunch of garbage that in time only messes up our lives and keeps us from truly experiencing who we are.

How can we be filled with love, joy, harmony, kindness, peace and compassion if we spend our time thinking about what we should have/could have, done in the past.

The past is the past.  It cannot be altered or changed.  Right here and right now, there is wonder and beauty for us to experience – but we cannot see it if we are looking behind all the time.

There are no guarantees for the future, but we can travel the road into what is next for us, a little lighter, when we are not weighed down by the past.

Quote of the Week

“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”

Author unknown.

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