Unity’s Fifth Principle is about practicing spiritual principles in all our affairs. It may sound like it is pretty easy but when life gets a bit much, it is not as easy as it sounds. Or maybe it is for those people who are more evolved on a spiritual level than me.
Life right now is a bit chaotic and although I know we live from the inside out, so much chaos and change around me challenges my inner peace.
In an article by CBS news, the most stressful five things were #1 death of a spouse, #3 third moving, and #5 the loss of a job (or leaving a job).
So there I am with 1, 3, and 5 and I wonder why I am so stressed and emotionally challenged. In the midst of all this, I know that the only way to get through it is to go through it. It is not easy but it is possible and a lit bit easier if I do to the best of my ability, the things that make me feel more centered.
For me, some of those things are eating well (with moments of binging on my comfort foods), physical exercise, meditation (when I can sit still long enough,) and using the serenity prayer on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.
When I am frayed, I can stop and say, “God grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change (people, places, things, events), the courage to change the things I can (taking the next step forward because not moving forward is moving backward), and the wisdom to know the difference” (sitting in silence to get the answer).
I don’t do this perfectly but I am ok with knowing that as far as my spiritual life is concerned, it is progress, not perfection that I need to seek on a daily basis.
Quote of the Week
“Stress acts as an accelerator: it will push you either forward or backward, but you choose which direction.”