Fresh new beginnings

In the New Year, many people are thinking about new ways to do things, setting new goals, and ushering in a sense of freshness and new beginnings. But how do we sustain that throughout the year? I have found that a daily dose of fresh inspiration from contemplative prayer in the morning to be the best way to start my day off right with refreshing and inspiring views.

These views hint to the divine nature — enable me to glimpse beyond the material picture — to a deeper sense of spiritual harmony, goodness, and joy — a force for Good that is powerfully and wonderfully sustaining each of us.

As we drink in these new views of God, the divine nature, our thoughts are uplifted and we feel a sense of our oneness with God. When challenges come up, we are more easily able to address them from a standpoint of poise and grace because we have built a solid spiritual foundation in the morning.

At night before bed, wrapping the day up in gratitude for all the good you experienced and the spiritual qualities you saw expressed around you is a great way to pull up your spiritual Comforter and feel the divine embrace tucking you in. Your Father-Mother God is tenderly caring for your child within and enables you to drink in drafts of Spirit to renew and invigorate you.

Here is an article I wrote for New Year’s about these ideas that was recently published in the Christian Science Sentinel. I hope these ideas will be as useful to you as they have been to me.


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Put more weight on your spiritual side

Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good.

We don’t hear the words “spiritual sense” used too often, but spiritual sense is essential to our peace and wellbeing. Spiritual sense is how we perceive beauty, goodness, love, affection, tenderness, satisfaction, and fulfillment.  These are spiritual qualities and because we are ultimately spiritual beings we have the capacity to use, see, and feel them now.

Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.

Spiritual sense is how we perceive the divine nature. It’s how we perceive the transcendent reality that is above the physical, material senses. This is important because everyone wants lives that reflect peace, health, wellbeing, and satisfaction. Gaining a daily dose of spiritual sense helps us have a consciousness that is uplifted and receptive to perceiving peace and wellbeing.

Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.

When a consciousness that is imbued with spiritual sense reflects on the body, it manifests health, holiness, and wellbeing. Why is this so important? Because thinking and living with our spiritual sense releases anxiety, fear, and stress. It assures us of our oneness with God, divine Life, Truth, and Love. It shows us that we can never be separated from that Love no matter what the physical senses say. And as we hold to the spiritual fact, the wisdom, confidence, and courage that our spiritual sense communicates will take over. As we believe God more, and believe in physicality less, we tip our mental and spiritual scale. This allows God to tip the scale on the side of the divine and it brings blessings, healing, happiness, wholeness, and peace in our lives.

Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth.

All quotes in the quote boxes are by Mary Baker Eddy. You can read her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, here.

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Drop the weight and stress of the day

One of my favorite passages to pray with throughout the day is:

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)

This gets my thought off the weight and burden and keeps me focused on God, infinite Spirit. When I keep my thought on the side of God, good, then everything is lighter, fresher, and freer. Limitations begin to fall away. When we align our thought in accord with God, everything lines up. That’s why this passage is an important reminder for me to keep focused on God — big picture — and not get burdened by the details and demands of the day.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

Jesus says that this spiritual yoke is easy and light. When we keep our minds focused on Christ, our whole being is filled with that divine, healing, light that brings everything — every thought and detail — in accord with Christ. Bringing every thought into captivity with Christ (2 Cor 10:5).

This aligns our thought and our day. So be present. Focus on the kingdom of God within. Peace and harmony are within. One of the most freeing things Jesus said is that the kingdom of heaven is within us (Luke 17:21). It’s not out there — it’s not outside of you.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. (Matthew 5:8)

So drop that weight, burden, and stress. God loves you. He has given you the keys to the kingdom — the reign of harmony, bliss, and love in your day. All the love you pray for, want and need is right here.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16)

Living the love of God makes you feel that presence of grace — the Holy Spirit. It imbues your life and mind with healing power, peace, and love. It fills your family, home, and neighborhood with the tangible feeling and presence of agape — universal, divine Love.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18)

We live in the abundance of the love and grace of infinite Spirit, God, here and now.

Acquaint yourself with God and be at peace (Job 22:21).

This consciousness of God fills us with peace and rest.

 

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