Happy Monday, January 10, 2022



I’m still shocked by how much snow we have here! In these days of working from home and trying not to be out and about too much, I hadn’t been out for a couple of days. Apparently they were the super snowy ones. Oh my goodness, there are piles of snow the likes of which I haven’t seen for many years!


Downtown Kelowna, BC, on January 6, 2022. Photo: Annie Zalezsak.
Downtown Kelowna, BC, on January 6, 2022. Photo: Annie Zalezsak.

Out of the relatively straight forward act of driving to the store, I noticed how much I had to really raise my awareness about driving! There were piles of snow everywhere, often making it hard to see beyond them. What used to be two lanes in some place was now reduced to one. (Also, don’t tell anyone, but I like to drive what I call “efficiently”, while Kenn calls it speeding!) Anyway, the driving that I was so used to taking for granted, had to be carefully considered and given great due care and attention. I love life’s lessons. Is it time to up your awareness of your surroundings? Are you living life unconsciously? I’m sure you’re aware of some of these opportunities as well!


In alignment with more awareness, Kenn and I had a cruise vacation (booked for several years) coming up at the end of this month. We were going to align that with the CSL convention. What used to be somewhat of a “no brainer” (get on the plane, fly to our destinations, etc.), has now become a major contemplation for many reasons, not the least of which is the current pandemic situation. Nowadays, there are so very many variables to consider. We’ve decided to let the cruise go; but as of this moment, we are still planning on attending the convention. It has taken a lot of awareness, thinking and weighing many factors. I know many might make a different choice and that’s okay. We may change our minds yet.


For sure, my ah-ha moment for today is looking at how much of our lives have we been living at a level of relative unconsciousness because we’ve gotten used to how things are? Have we been living out of our habits of thinking rather than out of mindfulness and choice? In a teaching that holds living life from a conscious awareness as a high value, and that teaches us how to think (not what to think), what a great and valuable opportunity and reminder this is!


With these thoughts rolling around in my mind, I must say it was so great to be back in class last week! Our Foundations of the Science of Mind class is the perfect place to work on waking up to ourselves and who and how we are in this thing called life. It’s not too late to join in. Check in with Amanda Pope at Amanda@cslkelowna.org to be included.


I also want to acknowledge Juliana Lavell’s beautiful singing bowls that were part of our spiritual practice yesterday at our first Community Sunday service. If you want to know more about her, check out her website at JulianaLavell.com.


Finally, thanks to those who came out for our Visioning Session #3 yesterday. From what I heard, although that was the last of the sessions currently scheduled, I think we may have more to come in the future. It was such a lovely time of connection and catching Spirit’s expression through us!


Blessings, Dr. Deborah

 

If you missed yesterday’s talk given by Amanda Pope, RScP, titled Making Every Moment Wonder-full, you can watch it (and other past services) on the CSLK YouTube channel.


 

MIND-FULL MOMENT


Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


Vesta M. Kelly

 

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