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Why I Pray

source PinterestDuring 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

source PinterestDeepak 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.

faith is courageMatthew 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

 

Care a Whole Awful Lot

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss

Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love,

which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing. ~Rumi

 

Be An Instrument of Peace

Daily prayer work creates a context for the transformation of who we are and what we do. Every morning we ask to be made new. Every evening we take stock of how well we did this day, where we rose up in glory and where we stumbled and fell. It’s very powerful to go over the events of our day mentally, as honestly as we can. God is not our judge but our Healer. ~Marianne Williamson, Illuminata

Rather than calling down Creation to fulfill our needs and desires, we must uplift our needs and desires so that Creation itself may be fulfilled.

~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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Please feel free to save, print, and share my two posters! These three incredible photographs are from a wordless board of wildlife and nature I’ve created here. Or visit it anytime by clicking Pinterest in my sidebar, and then select the ‘Nature ~ beauty beyond words’ icon once at my Pinterest page. I only have a few boards so you’ll see it quickly. You don’t have to be a member to view, but you will need to close the pop-up offerings to join (a few times per visit if not logged in). I find this album to be jaw-droppingly beautiful, and it speaks to me of God. May it inspire and brighten your heart as well, and may we all cherish ourselves and this world enough to take time, make time, to pray. Let us endeavor to be peaceful and have faith. Namaste

Have Faith that we will have Peace

Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don’t think anything’s going to make a difference.

~Meryl Streep

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[Clicking on the panel of images opens the slideshow for larger viewing, saving, and sharing. Namaste]

The Reason For My Birth

In my recent post ‘The Great Peace March’ I shared a song that motivated me to learn how to make a lyrics video. To this day, even after hundreds of times listening to this song I still choke up. I love my family of humanity! We are all brothers and sisters. I especially enjoy how this part of the poetry in the song describes us as colorful reflections and parts of the whole wonderful world we share. 

Are you black like night or red like clay, are you gold like sun or brown like earth, grey like mist or white like moon? My love for you is the reason for my birth!


With gratitude to those who made these images, found online a while back. Unfortunately they didn’t put their names on it or else I would too. I’m getting better now at providing links [or at least sources] to images. That’s why, in the sidebar, I’ve put links to my Pinterest and Facebook locations. There’s an endless abundance of inspiring images to enjoy and share. My Facebook page is brand new so you’re invited to come in on the grassroots level and add ‘Like’ number three if you enjoy it! {LOL}
In the sidebar you’ll also see a link to my YouTube channel to enjoy these words mentioned above sung by Holly Near as well as other uplifting videos. May you enjoy. Namaste. Gina

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Be A Good Example

You preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

~ Old Saying

Sermons We SeeWe are all role modeling in every moment of every day. We are either showing what works to help lead us towards feeling happier and building more satisfying relationships around us, or we’re not. Years ago I used to role model how to feel depressed and without hope. Now I role model through my happy life how to hold to hope and speak words that spread joy. I share kindness in my travels and compliments with clerks. I smile warmly at strangers and hold doors open for others. I wave in merging drivers in traffic and wave my thanks when others do the same for me.

be an exampleMy nearest and dearest know me to be honest, forthright, and encouraging of their dreams and endeavours. They know I am someone who doesn’t hold grudges and rather likes to clear the air to ensure our relations are without misunderstandings.
I proudly work on the art of being a good listener and have learned how to release any thoughts of what to say, rather focusing on the person speaking and what it is they are conveying. I have come a long way, and so has my life. It may not always be rosy, but my faith is unwavering. I know from experience that joy is an inside job, and counting my blessings builds the foundation for happiness. This is what I hope to share by example, that joy is attainable for every one and that we are all worth it. I intend to preach a better sermon with my life than with my lips.
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Sermons We See

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are those who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong one stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.
One good person teaches many, we believe what we behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with those of honor learns to hold her honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with their eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

~ Edgar A. Guest (1881 ~ 1959)

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Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Trust and Hold to Hope

We must be humble enough to admit that we do not see very far down the road, and confident enough to acknowledge that there is One with us who does see the right direction for us. If we are willing to trust the Divine Lighting Technician to show us our way, one step at a time, we are apt to appreciate our journey more and enjoy the adventure of following the path set before us – one light at a time. ~ Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself

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Luke 1:37 ESV ~ For nothing will be impossible with God.

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New Growth

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

Stepping Stones

Talents are common; everyone has them. But rare is the courage

to follow our talents where they lead. ~ Anonymous

destiny is a choice
stepping-stones crop“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. 

A Higher View

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

~ Albert Einstein

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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.

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Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

What Do You See

Faith sees the invisible, believes the impossible, and receives the impossible.

~ Corrie ten Boom

“We can transform our lives by changing the way we think about possibilities. We are prone to picture our future as an extension of our past. But we have no guarantee at all that our future will be anything like our past. The nature of a conscious shift is the release of an old belief system, replacing it with a new and grander one.” ~ Alan Cohen

Today’s Affirmation: I open my mind to the new and the better. I bring my vision to life with faith and action. I live in a universe far grander than I can imagine. Thank you God for this day!

Life Is Eternal

“Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” ~ Rossiter W. Raymond

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My post from last year on this day of my mother’s passing:

http://professionsforpeace.com/2013/03/01/march-forward-and-release-grief/

Image sources that could be located:
stars light can be seen years after it has died
angels are friends in high places
butterfly: this chapter is amazing

God Knows My Heart

“Today I am so grateful that God knows my heart. Others may misunderstand my good intentions, judge my words or deeds, find fault, or blame what they do not understand. But God knows my heart. He knows I am learning, trying, endeavoring, to be all He created me to be.”

~ Lori Nawyn, The Gratitude Journal Project

Art by Lori Nawyn

Art by Lori Nawyn

This sweet image and wise saying by the talented
Lori Nawyn lifts my heart and brightens my day.
May it uplift your heart as well. Blessings. Gina

Don’t Wait For Perfect

wait too long perfect moment passEcclesiastes 11:4 TLB ~ “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”
~ Edward Young, English Poet

“Don’t wait for the perfect moment; your opportunity is now. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” ~ Paulo Coelho

life has no remote“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” ~ Lemony Snicket

“Don’t wait. The time will never be ‘just right’.” ~ Napoleon Hill

“Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect!” ~ Aryn Kyle

“There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.” ~ Anonymous

“Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen.” ~ Anonymous

if not now when 

Ann MortifeeToday is the day to begin anew the great adventure. Today is the day to resolve to awaken in every moment. Today is the day to commit, to determine, to live, to love. This is the day in which to serve our highest dream. If we wait for circumstances to align in the way we desire, we may wait forever. Tomorrow is an illusion. Today is the day to breathe in the mysterious possibility that life now offers. Regardless of what surrounds us, this is the day to begin.
~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery