I was so moved by their discipline and expectation of finishing the race with a “well done” shout-out and cheering from friends and family. I was inspired by some of the participants who had overcome physical challenges in order to enter the event. Their stories and journeys were brave and remarkable. In so many ways they had already defeated the lies of self-doubt and limitation!
It’s been an awesome summer of living, loving, giving, and rich with blessings. It’s amazing how you go to serve and end up greatly blessed by all the love and spiritual lessons you receive. What a wonderful law of divine Love this is – “whatever blesses one [truly] blesses all”1.
While I was rock climbing on Bowen Island, Canada, at a summer camp for girls, a spiritual lesson came to me.
When I initially started the climb I thought it would be much easier than it was! I didn’t recall how different climbing walls are from actually climbing on rocks!
I was making steady progress up the rock face. Until I got to one point where it just didn’t seem like there was any possible way to go up higher. (Isn’t that symbolic of our spiritual journey sometimes?!)
And I thought, “Well, I could just give up now. I’ve gotten far enough; there’s no real requirement that I get any further.”
There didn’t seem to be a present solution (foot or hand-hold on the rock). But I decided to take a moment and be still.
A line from a poem/hymn by Mary Baker Eddy immediately came to me: “Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock…”2
I thought, “Rock! How cool! What a perfect angel message!” I immediately felt a sense of peace that comes from a conscious realization of the presence of God, divine Spirit, Love.
I looked up and saw a hand hold! And I finished the rest of the climb joyously in only a few moments.
Taking a moment to “Be still, and know that I am God”3 helped open my thought to see the glorious blessings, solutions and present possibilities that were right there in front of me (literally!).
I was joyful after this climb, not because I’d made it to the top, but because of this revelation – this “healing” – I had while climbing.
This lesson about keeping a spiritual pace in life has been a continual reminder to me. Not being tempted to get caught up in the hypothetical rush that seems to surrounds us, but to take those moments to pause and be still. Listen for those angel messages. It makes such a difference!
1 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy, p. 206
2 Poems, “Christ my Refuge”, Eddy, p. 11
3 The Bible (KJV), Psalms 46:10
A couple of weeks ago I decided to start jogging in the morning with our dog. I’ve never liked exercise very much, so I decided to think about it from a more spiritual perspective. I realized that exercise is the expression of Life and activity. The definition of exercise is “to put into use” (Random House Dictionary). God is Life itself, and God’s creation reflects and expresses Him. I knew that life and vitality are a natural part of God’s kingdom.
So I headed out on my run. Well, by the second run I was very sore and my knee had started to hurt. In fact, I was having trouble running at all because my knee was troubling me.
The next morning I was feeling a lot clearer about things and a lot lighter, so I went out on a run again. As I was running, I prayed to know that spiritual being and existence are all there is, and that God is Spirit and God’s creation therefore entirely spiritual. I knew that if being is spiritual then everything pertaining to being, including running, creativity, joy and every faculty and function of existence, is spiritual, harmonious and perfect.
My run was joyful and peaceful that day. When I felt like walking, I did so, and I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery around me.
I have been running freely ever since, not for health reasons, but rather for the joy and freedom of expressing Life, God.
I’m so grateful for this new aspect of life that I get to enjoy!