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Spiritual Awakening

“We should give meaning to life, not wait for life to give us meaning.” ~
unknown …

Our lives have inherent meaning… by the mere fact that we were created and placed on this earth. But beyond this, all meaning in life is comprised of whatever we make of it–whatever meaning we give to life. If I want my life to be about living it to the fullest, I have only to go out and do so. If I want to make a positive impact in the world and in the lives of others, I have only to seek out those in need, those who are neglected, and those who are poor in mind, body, spirit, and heart. However, if I do not actively seek out meaning in life, if instead I choose to wait for life to give meaning to my life, I will find myself waiting in the harbor on my ship that is till anchored to the ground. Continue reading

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Alter!

“With nature’s help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life sustaining. Everything in nature, the sum total of heaven and of earth, becomes a temple and an altar for the service of God.”~ Hildegard of Bingen …

If you have ever seen an altar in a place of worship, or been to a temple, chapel, or church service, you may already have an understanding of their role and importance. For many faiths, temples and altars are a place of true worship for God, a place where direct and holy communication with God takes place. For some, it is also a symbol of the Final Sacrifice made for mankind by Jesus of Nazareth. And so when I read the words of Hildegard above, I think to myself, “How great and marvelous is such a thought: that all of nature is a temple and an altar for the service of God!” If we think of nature in such a way, it becomes easy for us to worship our God anywhere, and everywhere–perhaps even to think of ourselves as temples and altars for the service of God. Continue reading

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There Is Always Something …

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” ~ Thomas Merton …

For most of us, it is uncommon to think of love as a job; yet this is exactly what Thomas is telling us here: we have some responsibility towards our fellow human beings. We are to love them without question, whether or not we feel that they are people who are worthy of our love. But it does not stop there, as stewards of this earth, we have a duty to spread compassion to those who are neglected and lonely. To bring solace and love into the hearts of those we meet and not disturb the peace that lies within their hearts. And to be companions and guides to those who need guidance… especially children. Continue reading

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Acceptance

“There is so much grace in acceptance. It is not an easy concept, but if you embrace it, you will find more peace than you ever imagined.” ~ Loretta LaRoche …

We have so many abundant graces available to us each day of our lives. However, as we rush around and occupy ourselves with busywork, most are difficult for us to see and to notice. Acceptance is one such grace. It empowers us to take control of our lives and our situations, it protects us from fear and littleness, and it prepares us for the necessary growth to find fulfillment in our lives and become the person we were meant to be. Continue reading

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Recognising Change

“One of the things that will always be inevitable is change, full of both vague uncertainty and brilliant promise.” ~ Robert Redford …

Whether we recognize it or not, change is a constant and inevitable part of our lives. We are constantly changing and experiencing new things, growing and becoming something different than we were yesterday, someone different than we were last week. Sometimes we resist these changes, perhaps out of fear of the uncertainty and unknown, and other times we embrace them and all the potential they possess. Continue reading

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Anxious Thoughts

“Put aside all anxious thoughts and be at peace.” ~ Francis de Sales …

Peace is often difficult to find in life, especially with all the distractions and anxieties of this modern world. And even after we do find some peace, it is equally difficult to hold onto it. But with practice and determination, peace can be something that we embrace in our lives whenever we need it. Essentially, it all boils down to a decision we choose to make–the choice to empty our minds of all anxious thoughts right here, right now. Continue reading

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A “Crayola Bomb”

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. . . . And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” ~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten …

I love the creativity involved in Robert’s thought process here: “a Crayola bomb.” I can just imagine, right in the midst of a battlefield, exploding crayons and paint harmlessly all over everyone. I am sure it would definitely cause some confusion. Of course, Robert is not insinuating that we actually do this, rather, that we not always jump to such violent measures and extremes to deal with the crises in our lives. And why shouldn’t we try to reason with our enemies and sort out our differences? In all honesty, we do not have to defeat them, and hurting or killing them is generally unnecessary and should only be used as a last resort to save lives. Continue reading

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