A favorite poem says “Shepherd show me how to go…”. Recently, when trying to quiet the mind so I can fall asleep, I pray: Shepherd, show me how to listen.
Listening is an activity and requires quieting one’s own will and stilling the human mind to be receptive to the divine Mind communicating quiet, calm, confident, peaceful ideas.
These ideas lead up to their divine Source; they take us higher to behold spiritual views (mentally and spiritually) and feel refreshed by this communion with a Holy Presence.
The poem continues: I will listen for Thy voice lest my footsteps stray…
We can strive to maintain this conscious communion with God throughout the day. Even while you are in a conversation, you can listen for divine Mind to communicate the words and ideas for you to share. If you feel your mental, spiritual footsteps beginning to stray, take a timeout to center yourself and bring your focus back to Good.
This also demands spontaneity and flexibility. It’s pretty hard to move a boat with an anchor down. Being open to new ideas will assist you to feel Divine Presence moving you through the day as naturally as a river current moves above the rocks in its way.
(The words of the poem mentioned are by Mary Baker Eddy.)
My family has a tradition of celebrating Special Days. It started with my husband and I because we like to buy each other little gifts. We also don’t like the silly focus on how old someone is that comes along with birthdays. So we celebrate Special Days several times a year. It’s a surprise because your Special Day falls on whichever day the family has decided to honor how special you are.
I love how it reminds me to show my appreciation for my family members frequently. And isn’t that the best part about birthdays — to honor someone’s unique, God-given identity?
I don’t think God knows about our age or personality or what color hair we have. I think God has a completely different view because God isn’t like man, God is a Spirit. The one and only Spirit. Infinite Life. Everlasting Love.
It’s nice to know that there is One out there who is seeing us as we really are — spiritual, unique, and free; Her adoring image & likeness; The reflection, the mirrored image, of the Perfect One.
I hope to see everyone around me the way God sees us today: made of beautiful, shining qualities radiating & shining out to warm & bless everything around you.
I love the Beatitudes.
They illustrate beautiful qualities of character — the kind of person you want to be around.
They exemplify the perfect friend.
- Humility — there is no quality more amazing to me than humility. It is beautiful, graceful & gracious.
- Comforting — we’ve all had times when we’ve been down and turned to a friend for comfort. It’s a wonderful feeling. And to be able to give comfort when someone else is down gives a sense of satisfaction.
- Selfless & generous — someone who can share and isn’t greedy.
- Appreciates good activities (and good clean fun!)
- Satisfaction in right-doing — does the right thing, even if it’s not popular (even if you don’t want to).
- Forgiving — doesn’t focus on the past or hold a grudge.
- Genuine — honest, authentic (not fake).
- Peace-loving (instead of drama-loving) — looks for the best in you and others (doesn’t get in to gossip).
- Loyal, faithful & devoted — to his/her beliefs as well as to your friendship.
- Confident & courageous — stands up for what is right; sticks up for beliefs as well as friends.
See what I mean? It’s a perfect model for friendship (or business partner or neighbor). Christ Jesus exemplified this and showed us we can, too — that it is right and normal. He wouldn’t have said it if we couldn’t be it!
Enjoy giving & expressing these qualities today. You’ll be thanked for it!