Posted in Current events & community, Future/stability/security

Response to tragic Connecticut shooting

When I heard about this tragic shooting,  I thought “what can we do to prevent this type of action in the future?” (this incident following just a few days after a mall shooting in Portland).

The answer I heard spiritually to my question was “to love one another.” Community members across the globe have the ability to love each individual in the community. This love defies space and time because it is divine Love, the love that is God, reflected. If this Love is expressed by each of us, it can be felt by each one in the community. No community member can seem “anonymous”, slip through the cracks and impelled to commit such an action when this universal love includes everyone.

“[K]eep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.” (Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellany, p. 210)

This unselfish act of loving our neighbors and keeping our consciousness filled with good, benefits, uplifts and blesses our communities. It is the Christ-consciousness that perceives and responds to needs before they arise. It is each individual feeling loved, satisfied, content and fulfilled.

What an unselfish gift to give to one another this holiday season and beyond! As we keep our minds filled with Truth and Love and love one another, there will be no way for evil to enter and disrupt our communities and world.

Peace and blessings to you, your family and community.

Posted in Guest blogs/reposts, Life, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing, Supply, Self-Worth, Finances, Time/stress

Reblog: Garden of Gratitude

It’s so easy to get caught up in focusing on the negative, or all the things “wrong” around us. This blog post illustrates how valuable it is to get caught up in the good around us, instead.

 

Garden of Gratitude

by Patrick Collins

…He told me that on his morning trip next door four days after he began ‘deadheading”, as he gazed at the pots he noticed how brilliant and colorful the geraniums were. He suddenly realized that he had spent the first part of the week focusing on the dead flowers, looking intently for the “dead and gone” and what he could “bury”.   He realized that he had overlooked the beauty of the entire garden, and each individual plant by looking for death instead of life. He became incredibly GRATEFUL for life and being. Read more

Posted in Childlike, Guest blogs/reposts, Health/wellness, Mental health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God

Reblog: Grateful teens

from CSMonitor.com

It’s not about the money.

A recent study focused on the effect of gratitude on teenagers. There are a lot of reasons teens are grateful. And being rich isn’t necessarily one of them. Similarly, there are plenty of reasons teens might act as if they had a gratitude deficit. Being poor doesn’t necessarily seem to be one of them.

The study suggests that regardless of a teenager’s socioeconomic background, he or she can experience the benefits of a grateful heart, including the benefit of better mental health. Through a few changes in outlook, attitude, and behavior, he or she can make big gains on the gratitude front. Teens who are the most grateful find a number of benefits multiplying. Such as? Things like improved academic performance, a sense of purpose, more hope, and more happiness. As these take root, they grow more common to a teen’s outlook and more natural to his or her life. On the flip side, things like hopelessness or depression – which are at times linked to suicide in teens – grow less prevalent. Read more