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

 

Employment/jobs

God-centered employment

I have a gratitude journal app which sends me notifications with prompts for jotting things down.

write-593333_960_720Today’s topic is about finding meaning in work. It asks:

How does your work help other people?
What unique skills and strengths can you use in your work?

I love the reminder to value our work. It helps me appreciate our uniqueness — that we are individual manifestations of God expressing Him in special and unique ways.

I like to think that we are always employed because EVERY moment God is utilizing us to express His goodness and love. Every moment we are needed and valued. This helps me be motivated and brings inspiration to my work and daily activities.

. . . let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.1

So if you’re looking for employment or simply looking for freshness in your current job, start with an absolute love for God. Loving God, getting really grounded in a deep love for Him/Her, gives us lasting satisfaction and the ability to express Him. Then our work will simply be utilizing the qualities that He has given us such as poise, understanding, compassion, intelligence, joy, and humor to help others.

True prayer is not asking God for love . . . Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us.2
In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all . . . 3

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1 Matthew 5:16 NIV

2 Mary Baker Eddy, No and Yes, p. 39:17-19

3 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 206:16-17

Mental health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God

What is it that really satisfies us?

Satisfaction. What is it and where does it come from?

Dictionary.com defines satisfaction as fulfillment and gratification; gratification is defined as reward, recompense, or gratuity.

To me, satisfaction is a feeling — a feeling of reward —perhaps something that comes from a worthy activity.

I have looked to material things, as most humans have, for satisfaction only to find them fleeting at best.

When I align my thoughts with God — and make my motive to express God — I find the greatest satisfaction even in the little things I do.

Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.1

When I translate “things into thoughts” and “exchange the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul”, I find a whole new way to feel satisfied because I am aligning myself with the unchanging spiritual law the exists.

craft-737737_960_720This morning I woke up feeling uninspired about the day. I spent time in the morning being quiet, listening to God and aligning my thought with the spiritual reality. I don’t recall all the ideas I prayed with but by then end of this quiet time I was feeling inspired, happy, loving and ready for the day. I baked cookies with my son and we did a new craft project. The morning was so full of kindness, loveliness and freshness. I was so grateful! I loved the motivation of creativity and desire to share in something together. craft-737739__180You could say we turned the “things” — cookies, chocolate chips, glue, scissors, paper — into “thoughts” and saw they were actually vehicles for Spirit, God, to be expressed in joy, peace and creativity.

I find prayer to be the most satisfying activity and a necessity because it opens up windows to God — inspired views that fuel us. It lifts us up to see that who we really are transcends the material senses. cookies-960898_960_720It enables us to see true spiritual reality as a present state and to witness the hand of God in the smile of a child, a gentle breeze, the affection from a dog. It gives us the ability to see God in all that we do — to see the divine sparkle — which shows us we are all loved and spiritual right now.

Whatever we are doing — helping someone find a resolution for a violent situation to baking cookies or visiting with a friend — we can have the divine satisfaction that comes from aligning our view with God — seeing true spiritual substance is always present and perfect.

1 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 269

Current events & community

Overcoming the lies of evil

sunset-192978_640Evil disguises itself as something good — something that is “out there” that we have to get.

This is illustrated in the Bible passages where Jesus overcomes the temptations of evil:

...the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Jesus knew: I already have all that I need in God. God is my life and my purpose. He supplies all that I need and I can not be afraid or tempted.

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

I already know that I am loved and cared for by God. I do not have to put God to the test. I am secure in my relationship with God, good.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

God has already given me, and all His children, the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven. Evil tries to gratify itself, but our Kingdom is given to us freely by God and filled with spiritual beauty, joy, freedom and love. There is no hatred, fear or disease in our Kingdom. It is whole and peaceful. It is the reign of Love and Spirit within us — within our consciousness.

Every child of God has the power and ability to overcome these temptations of evil and see the Kingdom of Heaven within. No one is left out of this Kingdom. This will lead to individual peace and freedom for us and the world.

Childlike, Love/relationships, Parenting/Father Mother God, Women

Love and feel loved!

“Children are God’s most precious gift”.

As a mother, I agree wholeheartedly.

As a spiritual healer, I know we are ALL God’s precious gifts. God doesn’t seen us in terms of age — as used up or past our expiration date.

We are EACH God’s most precious gift everyday!

He/She created us for a unique purpose — a unique combination of Her qualities (grace, wisdom, purity, joy, etc).

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31)

Seeing the value of and loving others reflects that same value and love back to you.  It is actually the love dwelling in your heart for others that enables you to feel loved!

So the more you love, the more loved you will feel.

The same rule applies for our children — because we feel love pouring out to them, we feel loved in return  for the opportunity to get to be with them and because of the love dwelling in our hearts.

It’s the law of the reciprocity of love!

 

 

Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

Is there really a void?

Recently, I was feeling an inner void.

Or so I thought I was!

This feeling reminded me of a deep inner void that I used to feel when I was in my teens and early twenties. During this time, I would look to the world to fill this void, but to no avail. Because I’ve been studying Christian Science consistently for the past several years, I felt I could handle this feeling of “void” in a more productive way.

In my prayers, I find it’s important to ‘identity the problem’. If we think we are feeling lust, anger, addiction or depression instead of realizing we are really feeling a void then we will often be distracted by these ‘symptoms’ and not address the root of the problem.

In my prayers I could see that there really is no void since God/Spirit fills all space. God/Spirit is beautiful and perfect, and made man and woman in the image and likeness of the loveliness, wholeness and completeness of Spirit.  So, where is this void? Spiritual understanding told me that in reality there was no void.

Who or what feels this void? Mortal man. Mortal man is a term that is synonymous with mortal ego. Mary Baker Eddy, the discover of Christian Science wrote, “Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 86)  This YouTube video explains this ego and it’s self-deception:

So, I could see that only mortal man, or the mortal ego, was believing in a void. Was I going to let this mortal ego boss me around by telling me lies about myself and how I was feeling? No! I then felt completely free of the feeling of depression that had been lingering around me for a few days. I needed to see that this feeling or emotion was outside of me, meaning not a part of me, and this brought about freedom and healing.

I’m so grateful that God has given us spiritual understanding, so that we don’t have to believe the lies of the ego anymore.