During prayer, when I go beyond life’s chatter and listen for the voice within that says ‘Be still and know that I Am God’ I fall into love and release attachment… to anything and everything. Through the process of connecting with the vastness of God’s power and love throughout the universe as well as in every fiber of my being, I fully let go and relax.
If I forget to pray, I lose my equanimity and can become grasping and desirous of outcomes. These lower energies are felt in my shoulders and stomach as tight muscles and tension, concern or worry, or even excitement and anticipation. Left undirected and untrained, my mind wanders and generates passionate reactions over this and that, with emotions as unstable as sand beneath my feet.
But when I carve out time to sit and be still, to quiet my thoughts and go deeply within, everything in my life benefits. The time I spend in prayer and meditation grants me a sense of stability that speaks to me of ‘building my house on a rock’.
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” ~unknown
Deepak Chopra shared in an interview that there has not been a quarrel in his family for decades. He has worked on and mastered his inner calm and remains unflustered by outer events. I admire that and work towards it. Whether I am driving in traffic (often a button for me) or preparing a meal for many people, I endeavor to bring the results of my daily prayers to the task. A sense of non-attachment is what I am learning, and from which I have discovered tremendous calm.
As one who used to live amidst perfectionist tendencies, learning to release outcomes has improved my life. I still make lists to help me stay on track. I still plan ahead because it helps set me up for success. And I still visualize the best and highest outcome, yet I now include the phrase ‘this or something better’ and turn it over to God.
Putting it all in God’s hands makes me feel safer than when I used to strive to be in control. Having been on my own from a young age, taking care of all I could was an essential skill. However now it no longer serves but rather limits my true freedom. I’ve learned that when I forget to pray and attempt to control things, events, and people around me, deep within I feel unsafe.
For example, driving alone to attend an evening workshop across the city can generate feelings of fear if I’m only operating from my logical human awareness. I attempt to be in control and know everything: where to park and will it be well-lit; how early should I get there to get a close spot; can I walk out with a crowd to remain safe on the way back to my car; is my car fully gassed up; battery charged on the cell phone; and someone knows where I’m going and when I will return home?
Certainly all these steps help ensure security but they do not help me FEEL any safer. Only prayer helps me feel safe and secure. It is in acknowledging I control nothing that I notice the solid rock beneath me. It is in letting go of my human attachment to control that I truly feel safe. I embrace my trust and celebrate my faith in the One who controls everything.
Matthew 7:24-27 NIV ~ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
This is what prayer and meditation does for me. It is the rock beneath my feet and the awareness that I am truly safe.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
“We need to have the courage to claim our spiritual identity in the midst of a world afraid of light. We don’t need to flaunt our spirituality, argue about it, or attack anyone who does not see or agree with it; we just need to live it. The path of mastery does not require us to convince anyone else of anything; it simply asks us to remember who we are and be it.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself
“There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.
Throw yourself wholeheartedly into the task at hand. ~ Og Mandino
“The best way to learn something is to start doing it. You will master the challenge far more quickly and deftly if you throw yourself into the task at hand than if you sit around and analyze how it might be if you tried doing it.
You may be a lot more ready to take your next step than you realize. Take advantage of the opportunity at hand.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself
You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. ~ Richard Bach
A rose must be pruned to bloom in all its fullness. Clinging to what belongs to the past will stifle our beauty. Cut away what is done and gone. Allow new growth to arise from the emptiness that remains. There is great power in letting go. Let go. Have no fear. Fresh wisdom is born of the courage to surrender. Certainly something fresh and beautiful will come to bloom.
~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world
may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. ~Anonymous
Talents are common; everyone has them. But rare is the courage
to follow our talents where they lead. ~ Anonymous
“Some of us are so occupied with our goals – leaping ahead of ourselves to the end result – that we ignore the path and the process in-between. On the other hand, some of us get so disoriented or doubtful about how to get from here to there that we have trouble even setting our goals, or we get stuck on one step, suffering from tunnel vision.
“It helps to remember that if we want to climb a mountain, we need to form a goal, set out a direction, prepare well, and proceed in small, sure steps. We can break down any achievement, no matter how large or imposing, into discrete, manageable steps. If we want to ford a stream, we find the individual stepping-stones. If we try to leap over too many steps, sooner or later we’re going to slip.
“Many of us live only for the big highs, but forget that each small step up the mountain is higher than the last.” ~ Dan Millman
I do not ask to walk smooth paths
Nor bear an easy load
I pray for strength and fortitude
To climb the rock-strewn road.
Give me such courage I can scale
The hardest peaks alone
And transform every stumbling block
Into a stepping stone.
~Gail Brooke Burkett
Psalm 90:17 NIV ~ May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.
The great and glorious masterpiece of humanity
is to know how to live with a purpose. ~Montaigne
With a purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be “on purpose” means you’re doing what you love to do, doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you.
When you truly are on purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you.
The world benefits, too, because when you act in alignment with your true life purpose, all of your actions automatically serve others.
~ Jack Canfield, The Success Principles
You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
Taking action is how we increase our connectedness to Spirit. If we’re heeding our true calling, we must be willing to act on that mission. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Proverbs 14:23 NIV ~ All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming; it is fire from heaven.
~ Ernest Holmes
“You simply cannot give to the world all that you have to give if you do not remain true to your own ‘selfish’ desires. You have a unique set of precious values that can only be fulfilled by pursuing what drives you the most: your passions and dreams.
Could Thomas Edison have tended to the downtrodden as Mother Teresa did?
Could Albert Einstein have preached salvation as Martin Luther King Jr. did?
Could Abraham Lincoln have built cars like Henry Ford? Always, the masses benefit from the individuals who insist on marching to the beat of their own drummer.” ~ Mike Dooley
If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that is may be the largest one possible for now. ~ Mildred McAfee
Why wait for inspiration to come? Inspiration may or may not arrive. If it does, it will only come periodically on the winds of chance. But if we court inspiration by setting time aside, if we create an atmosphere of expectancy, inspiration will find us irresistible and will come often. ~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
You came to earth to express your unique gifts; to withhold them because you are afraid other people may not like them is to deny your own purpose here. Do not allow opinions to rule your life. They change with the capriciousness of the wind. Let your destiny be rooted in your heart’s desire, and your actions will bear fruit to nourish generations to come.
~ Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
~ Albert Einstein
I have long believed in the power of visualizing what I want to see in my life. This is why I learned to release worry. To participate in worrisome reflections is to contemplate what I do NOT wish to see. Therefore I refuse to worry. I now only look at, and think on, that which I want to experience.
Years ago when my sons were small and went camping with their dad, I permitted the bad mental habit of worry to fester. After waving goodbye I would fight back tears, sometimes outright crying, as I worried about all the dangers lurking in the backcountry.
There were cliffs to fall from, lightning strikes in those high open places, and lions and tigers and BEARS! Oh my! Okay, no real tigers in my part of the world, but worry tore at my mind like claws.
Then the light switch flicked on in my brain as I saw what I was doing: I was visualizing – with emotion! – the worst possible scenarios. A chill ran through me as I suddenly understood I was inadvertently meditating with feeling for an outcome I did NOT want. I immediately began imagining, with great joy, my boys arriving home with happy shouts of “Mommy! Mommy!” I felt their hugs and could hear breathless animated tales of campfires under stars and big fish caught.
Any moment my mind began to wander down a dark pathway about the latest grizzly bear mauling or forest fire started by lightning, I would take a breath, shake off that erroneous use of my creative mind, and replace it with the imagined sounds of happy shouting boys bursting through the front door. And guess which one always came true for me? The young men who are my grown sons now have amazing stories from their youth of the times they hiked and camped in the wild backcountry. And I learned a valuable life lesson to only visualize that which I want to experience. I encourage you to do the same. Maintain the highest viewpoint possible and create a joyous life.
Proverbs 4:23 NCV ~ Be careful what you think,
because your thoughts run your life.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something… To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.” ~ John Ruskin
Today really look around at your world: your family, your home, your pets,
your co-workers, and the strangers on the street. Smile at everyone you meet because you can see them. Never forget that the gift of vision was so important that when God created the world, the first command was for Light in order to see, and after the Great Creator was finished with each day’s task, He glanced back on his handiwork and “saw that is was good.” We need to see how good it is, too. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,
I strive and struggle to deliver right
the music of my nature…
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that we become rich!” ~ Sarah Bernhardt
“But if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.” ~ Carl Jung
Today realize that Great Spirit has no hands, head, or heart like yours. No one else on earth can do what you alone are called to do or can give to the world what you alone were sent to share through your authentic gifts.
It is through the expression and sharing of your gifts that you will feel fulfilled. Your gifts want to be expressed, and the use of them makes you feel good. Your gifts are God’s gift to you and the expression of your gifts truly help heal every aspect of your life.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE