Posted in Environment, Health/wellness, Mental health/wellness, Travel

Satisfaction, nature and being in awe

Nature teaches grand lessons.

This summer I got the opportunity to sit in awe of the ocean, the beautiful sand, and tall trees. I felt like I was in heaven. Sand and water are so simple, yet their purity and consistency can entertain one for hours as you stare at the waves coming in and out, in and back out again.

I was reminded of a blog that a colleague wrote about the healing power of being in awe. Scientists have found there are healthy physical and mental effects from the state of being in awe. What gives us this profound sense of awe is as diverse as we are.  For me it’s nature, the trees, moon, animals. There is something so spiritual about pausing for a moment to just be in awe of this wonderful creation.

I was reading an article about retails shops and malls closing down at a rapid rate across America. One town is looking to make up for the lost business by attracting people to stop for the hiking trails, state parks and a new whitewater rafting outfit.

Studies have found that as people consume more, they are less and less happy. Spending money can actually be an addiction, similar to drug addictions, because, as studies show, spending can give people the same temporary high that drugs can.

So how do we break these cycles of addiction? Through knowing that man (more than just human beings) — men, women and children — are the spiritual manifestation of God. A friend once told me that she thinks of the word “man” as short for “manifestation.” I like that. We are much more than the flesh and bones that we see. We are actually each the image and likeness of God; the reflection of the one creative Spirit. Getting to know God and expressing this infinite wonderful being is the way to satisfy.

Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man... The senses confer no real enjoyment.

What can we enjoy then? I find that thinking in terms of qualities helps. The Bible says:

God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful…

So true enjoyment comes from our spiritual sense. Spiritual sense is actually how we perceive beauty, peace, love, satisfaction, comfort, joy. It’s how we feel safe. It’s how we give generously. It helps us make the right decisions. In fact, it is our constant connection to the Divine, to our real, native being.

God’s being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.

So it makes sense that as we become conscious of God, we are becoming more aware of infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss and can be truly satisfied.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

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Mary Baker Eddy, Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 60:31
Galatians 5:22 CEV
Science & Health, p. 481:2-4
Matthew 5:6 NIV

 

Posted in Future/stability/security, Life, Travel

Step by step trusting Him

Graduating from college, moving to a new house, finding summer plans — whatever it may footsteps-1045952_960_720be, God is providing each step of the way.

Recently, my family decided it was time to embark on a new adventure. As I prayed about this upcoming change, it became evident that what we needed was simply to see the next step, follow it, and then each step of the way would be placed in front of us in just the right way.

A beautiful hymn states:

Lead Thou me on…I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me.

Whatever steps in life we take, it always begins by taking the first step. We don’t need to see beyond this (and it most cases we can’t). It can be tough to see only one step because we want to know the ‘end of the story’, so to speak. We want to see how it will all work out!

beach-972566_960_720If I could have seen in to the future, even just two years ago, I wouldn’t have known how I got there. I would have thought that I simply went from point A to point B without realizing  all the spiritual growth and wisdom gained along the way; or the patience and selflessness that was needed; and I couldn’t have known all the love and blessings that developed along the way in many friendships and precious moments with our family.

So as we face changes in life, we can trust that divine Mind, God, is leading and guiding us. This intelligent Source speaks through the “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) and through spiritual intuition. As we silence the “storm” around us — the mental turmoil that desperately wants to know all the answers — we will hear and see each step placed before us at just the right time. We will hear God’s angel messages guiding us along the way.

The Bible says:

Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

God’s light is leading you! He will not leave you in darkness.

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

We all have the ability to hear and understand God’s will, which blesses us. As we seek to serve to God, He will guide us in the perfect way to bless and serve others on a path of love, joy, and peace.

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John Henry Newman, Christian Science Hymnal, 169
Exodus 13:22 NIV
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 444:10 (with reference to Psalm 46:1)

 

 

Posted in Life, Time/stress, Travel

Beating the clock

Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much. *

clock-tower-190677_960_720Jesus is the perfect example of overcoming time and stress. He was in some pretty stressful situations but he never caved in to pressure, never doubted his Father’s Kingdom. He knew God’s law was lovingly reigning over all and could reverse the material view that said it wasn’t.

Jesus was asked to go heal Jairus’ daughter but on the way he’s stopped by another situation. It’s a woman who was in physical need and was healed when she touched him. He even took the time to comfort this woman to let her know that her faith in God healed her.

Well, now he gets the “too late” message: the girl whom he had agreed to go heal is now dead. Jesus was too late! He missed the window of opportunity. Haven’t we all heard a message like that before? You missed the deadline! What were you thinking! You berate yourself: I’m such an idiot!

Well, that’s not what Jesus did or thought! He knew God was all powerful. He knew there was no “too late” or “too hard” or “impossible” with God.

The end of the story is that he goes to the home of the girl and heals her — she is alive and well. (See Mark 5).

Looks like God had everything under control the whole time! Even when the people didn’t believe it and couldn’t see it.

How often do we believe that we only have just a quick time to obtain something good — that there’s a narrow window of opportunity; and even that we have to experience as much as we can before our time is up! Wow, this proverbial clock would have us running and rushing around and missing the glory and joy of God’s forever Kingdom!

urban-571631_960_720There was one week in my spiritual practice where I really focused on God being the law and order that is governing everything. I thought about a divine Principle governing my experience and placing me where I needed to be at the perfect time. It was awesome! It was at a time when I had an hour-long commute to and from the city for work. I found that praying with these ideas helped me to arrive exactly when I needed to. It even helped me to find parking in my overcrowded neighborhood — arriving at the perfect time when someone was pulling out of a spot (at a time when parking could take a half hour or more to find). I was just in awe of God’s goodness and I learned so much that week about how God governs every facet of our experience. We see this when we humbly and prayerfully express Him/Her!

Jesus wasn’t stressed out and we don’t need to be either. We can experience God’s harmonious control governing every avenue of being for good.

*Mary Baker Eddy, Improve Your Time (article), Miscellaneous Writings