Tag Archive | spirituality

An Amazing Lesson within a Song

This song is very meaningful to me, as a reminder that we do not need to be perfect to be loved. We are beautiful just the way we are. Amy Grant’s song reminds us that our cries of loneliness and pain are as meaningful and beautiful to God as a ‘hallelujah’. This is an important lesson I am learning and integrating…. that I do not have to always be in my ‘joyful’ place, shining and bright and overflowing with love. Sometimes I’m sad, and low energy, and feel like I have nothing more to offer anyone. This song reminds me that in those moments of sadness, we are as loved as ever.

I do not need to always be happy and shining to have something to offer the world. I may not feel up to complimenting the store clerk, to help brighten her day, but I do seem to always have the ability to offer a smile… if nothing else. And a smile is a beautifully healing thing. More powerful than we know. So here’s a song on a topic that means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy. May we all remember we are good enough, just the way we are, no matter what. Blessings, Gina

Kahlil Gibran On Teaching

teacher who is wise leads you to your threshold Gibran

Then said a teacher, ‘Speak to us of Teaching.’
And he said:
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.
The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.
And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.
For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.
And even as each one of you stands alone in God’s knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth.

 

Khalil Gibran self portrait c.1911Lebanese artist, writer and poet Kahlil Gibran‘s novel from 1923 “The Prophet” has been translated to over forty languages, has sold over 100 million copies, and has never been out of print. Click here to view it on Amazon. According to Wikipedia, Kahlil Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, only behind William Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. [This paragraph to this point was previously shared in my post On Children]

On the right is a self-portrait he painted in 1911. Click image to visit source on Wikipedia.

My own copy of ‘The Prophet’ was given to me as a cherished gift from my brother-in-law nearly thirty years ago. It has since been read repeatedly and is wonderfully worn. I recommend it for every library so that all may read and enjoy its poetic wisdom. Namaste. Gina

[I cannot recall where I found this bright poster-image and give loving thanks to the maker of it. I will immediately add the source if/when I locate it. As always, I welcome any info in my comments.]

Whom Shall I Fear?

playing guitarLearning to play guitar, like gardening, is a lifelong process. I wear my left-hand fingertip calluses proudly. One of the best things about playing guitar is enjoying it with my husband. It has become quite a bonding experience for us. I’m so grateful for his humility and patience as I began playing years after he did.

Music touches the soul and plucks inner chords we didn’t even know were there.

guitar pick Music speaksChristian rock is a style of music that often has me singing as tears wet my face. I am proud to worship even if I’m perhaps more all-encompassing and non-denominational that most contemporary Christian music concert-goers. But the same way that the Bible is an incredibly wise book available to all to read and learn from no matter their faith, so too is the music of this genre an enlivening style that brightens the hearts of so many listeners.

While I frequently listen to instrumental music when driving, if traffic is not too congested I’ll turn on the radio and enjoy my local Christian music station. This song came on and although I’d never heard it before I began singing along. There are times when it feels like my chest is peeling open because I’m filled with so much love and gratitude. This song continues to elicit this response.

Anyone who has the the desire and determination can learn how to play this song because the chords are included with this video. Learning to play any song requires repetition, and that helps the wisdom seep in. I highly recommend it! 

May this timeless truth expressed with musical passion brighten your heart and your day.

Chris Tomlin
Christopher Dwayne “Chris” Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, worship leader, and songwriter who has sold nearly 30 million records.
He is a husband and father who was born on May 4, 1972 in Grand Saline, Texas, United States.

Divine Refreshment


Dehydration has been shown to negatively impact people’s moods. Mild dehydration is “associated with confusion, fatigue, and negative moods.” Moderate dehydration symptoms include “lethargy or extreme sleepiness”. [source]

As with dehydration, an early symptom of a weakened spiritual connection is a feeling of listlessness, making us wonder why our zest for life seems to have evaporated.

Symptoms similar to dehydration surface when I have been negligent with my prayer and meditation practice. The ‘busyness’ of life and the distractions of pain are excuses I’ve used to allow lapses in my prayer practice. It’s terribly ironic that when I need that grounding connection the most is when I often forget to be still and go within.

Let’s remember to refresh our body and our spirit. As I reach for a glass of water, I also reach within. I bring my glass to set on the table beside my small altar. I close the door, light the candle and have a seat. It is time. God patiently waits while I run around distracted and in pain. At last I notice my spiritual dehydration and take a moment, no – I make the time – to sit down and empty my mind. Calm those thoughts. Observe them and let them dissolve. Feel the deep calm and bubbling-up of love that rises to the surface to fill all of my life, if I will but make the time to actively pursue my connection with God. Once I am quiet enough it feels as though the still small voice within seems to whisper ‘there you are’.

I like to remember this old poem by an unknown author:

Whoso draws near to God one step, through doubtings dim,
God will advance a mile in blazing light to him.

(Note: To my women friends and spiritual sisters, we know this is beyond gender and speaks to the love God has for us all: if we will take ‘one step’, God will advance towards us ‘a mile’.)

Today I propose that we maintain proper hydration for our spirits as well as our bodies. As healing as a glass of water is for the dehydrated, actively maintaining our spiritual connection nourishes our soul and refreshes our life. Energy and vitality return, bringing a flush of growth in the form of enriched gratitude and renewed awareness of our vast blessings.

Whether you turn to the scriptures of God or other spiritual texts or turn towards a walk in the woods, whether you sit to pray at an altar or practice meditative yoga, whatever works to help you feel God’s love surrounding you, do that. Let us strengthen our relationship with the One who patiently waits. It is we who must make that first step. We must pick up the glass. God is waiting to fill it to overflowing if we but ask.

Are you feeling hectic and busy? Overwhelmed? Depressed? Tired? Take a pause. Close your eyes and go within. Relish some deep calming breaths. Pray, or go for a prayerful walk. You deserve some nourishing refreshment of the most divine kind.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

[Gratitude to the makers of these amazing images found on Pinterest and Google]

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]

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

Remaining Balanced

i-love-present-moment sri chinmoy

Ann Mortifee ~ “When we become overwhelmed by the events and burdens of our life, we can be sure that we are either projecting into the future or ruminating about the past. If we worry about how far we have to go when climbing a mountain, we will falter. But if we place one foot in front of the other, attending to the step we are taking in the present moment, we will eventually take one more step and find ourselves at the top. Our inner stability is found, not in the future or the past, but in being masters of the present moment. The step to follow will always appear once we have tended to the step we are in the process of taking right now.”

enjoy NOWRecently I was pleasantly surprised to be given a copy of Ann Mortifee’s book In Love With The Mystery. As I wrote in the email subject line happily sent to the friend who gifted me with it, even after I’d thanked and hugged her for it in person, I am In Love With This Book!

It is an amazingly beautiful and very wise book that I won’t begin to review but rather will state that I am cherishing every page… every paragraph… every word.

Today I opened it randomly to the passage above. It resonated with me deeply. The practice of remaining awake and aware of the present moment has strengthened my inner stability. It’s the erroneous habit of projecting and ruminating that pulls me off center. Staying in the now, I support my inner balance.

“It is a mistake to try and look too far ahead.
The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” ~ Winston Churchill

not a rehearsal dyer

Wayne Dyer: “There’s an irony to this habit of letting your mind drift to other times and other places. You can only drift off in the now, because now is all you ever get. So drifting off is a way of using up your present moments. You do indeed have a past, but not now! And, yes, you have a future, but not now! You can consume your now with thoughts of ‘then’ and ‘maybe’ but that will keep you from the inner peace you could experience.”

Today I choose to remain reminded of this present moment. Show me God how to live one day at a time. I will do what I can with joy and enthusiasm, and trust You to do what I cannot. Now is my moment.