Happy Monday, January 11, 2021
We’re 11 days into our new year of 2021, and I want to check in and see how you’re doing. Have you been intentional in keeping your WOTY (Word of the Year) in your consciousness? Are you keeping it front and centre of your mind and doing your best to embody it in your thought atmosphere?
My word of intention for 2021 is light-hearted. Considering the events in the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, I was wondering how light-heartedness could possibly fit into these times. However, I’ve decided this WOTY is right for me, and so, it’s a perspective I continue to work with. One thing that SOM philosophy has taught me is the requirement to be able to live with paradox. So, with that, it feels like quite a perfect WOTY.
I was curious as to how I could hold the events in Washington, D.C. with “light-heartedness” and I got the answer for me, from my son. (You’re welcome to borrow it, if it works for you; or you can cast it aside completely if it doesn’t.) We talked on Wednesday evening, and I said something about how I really couldn’t understand how the U.S. President could have been doing what he was doing or saying what he was saying, and my son said: “Mom, maybe as hard as it is to accept, he’s being who he is. Remember before he was President, amongst other things, he was also an expert in the art of reality TV, and how do you end a season of reality TV, but with a cliff-hanger, of course!”
So, I got to practice a little light-heartedness in the middle of a crisis. It didn’t change what was happening and my feelings around it, but it brought in another aspect of things, a greater perspective, and it showed me I could hold the events with the lightness that comes from knowing he’s being true to himself.
This brings me to my thought of the day, which was provoked by this quote from my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Jim Lockard: “I want to live my life so that if the Science of Mind books were lost, they could be rewritten by observing me.”
His words ask if we’re living our lives in ways that provide evidence of our teaching and if we are being living examples of The Science of Mind philosophy. Make no mistake, this doesn’t mean our lives are perfect in every way; it doesn’t mean we don’t make mistakes; it doesn’t mean we just gloss over the painful things that happen around us or to us, by using spiritual bypass. To me, it means we stay open and curious; it means we take responsibility for our lives, even if sometimes the best we can muster is to start by taking 1% responsibility; and it means that, to the best of our ability, we remember to come from love.
I want to close for this week with this powerful quote on that most important aspect, Love.
“Love is not the overly emotional or passionate rapture we see in the movies. Love is the absolute absence of fear. When there is no fear, there is no need to justify or defend our beliefs. I cannot stress enough the need to choose love over fear every step of the way, because that choice alone marks the difference between resisting change (holding on to the past) and embracing what is happening and what is yet to come, while allowing your divine nature and true power of a peaceful warrior to emerge.”
— Puck Arks
So, I want to be an example of living this teaching and FOR SURE, I see all this as an ongoing journey. I’ve heard often lately: it’s a marathon and not a sprint, and there’s no final destination point.
Have a thoughtful Monday!
Practitioner of the Week is Derek Hinchliffe, RScP. If you are looking for one-to-one prayer treatment support for ANYTHING, you can contact her directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to the inner light; It will guide you. Listen to the inner Peace; It will feed you. Listen to the inner Love; It will transform you, It will divinize you, It will immortalize you.
— Sri Chinmoy
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