Thursday, December 25, 2014

Thought for the day

Song of the week

“Come on people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together and try to love one another right now.” These are part of the lyrics from this week's song of the week http://inspiritual.biz/inspiritual-song-of-the-week1/

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

OUT OF THE SHADOWS



About this time last year, I was reminded of a story I had heard once about how the difference between evolving and revolving is an R. When we keep doing or believing the same thing repeatedly, then we are not evolving. It is as if we are trapped in one of those revolving doors, which we often see in department stores. We are just revolving through life and not evolving.
Part of this revolving is our inability to put closure to things in our life. Whether it is putting closure to an old job or an old relationship, if we do not put closure to the feelings and situation, then it follows us with us into the next situation or relationship. Sometimes we need to put closure to some of the beliefs we grew up with in our lives. As we grow and evolve, what we believe also changes. These beliefs only have power over us as long as we agree they are true and give them power in our lives. When we realize they no longer need to reside in our minds, we can say to them, “you are no longer true” and put closure to that part of our belief system.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thought for the day

Remember to take time to spend with yourself today and that you are your best friend.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Song of the week

We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it into peace…Power to the peaceful…And I say, love to the people y’all…” this is a line from this week's song of the week http://inspiritual.biz/inspiritual-song-of-the-week1/

Thought for the day

have you forgotten or do you remember?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SHARE THE PEACE


As we move closer to the holiday season, people’s lives tend to become increasingly hectic. We love the holidays because they are a time filled with presents, food, and time with friends and family and for some people even time off from work. However, sometimes this time with family is not always filled with peace. I was reminded of this recently as an associate shared with me how the holidays are her house quickly turn into a time for arguments and sometimes have been so stressful that she has left and come home. We cannot enjoy the peace of the holiday season when we are arguing with each other and pressing each other’s buttons.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

RELEASING THE SHAME


A few years ago, I asked you to work with me and help me continue to grow and evolve spiritually. Ever since then you have provided me with opportunities to do just that. Most recently, you have reminded me to let go of self-judgment and blame. As Don Miguel Ruiz reminded me, in his writing about the first agreement, it is important to take responsibility for my actions but I should not judge or blame myself for anything. I thought I had been doing well at this until the last few weeks when I have found myself getting angry with myself for being incontinent at times. I would feel myself, especially when tired, getting upset with myself for not being able to make it to the bathroom. Thinking about this in terms of being impeccable has helped. I have had to work at being able to say what happened, but not feel shame or blame myself for something that is out of my control at this point in time. I am so grateful for my wife who has been so supportive and understanding, especially on those days when I am tired and begin to shame myself. She gently reminds me that I am the only one who is shaming me, nobody else in our household is. It has also reminded me how important it is to be the sacred observer and question what I believe about myself to say shameful and blaming things to myself.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Song of the week

Sometimes we need to imagine what is not yet, so that we can begin to envision it as a reality. What if we could imagine all the people in this world living in peace? That is one of the questions in this week's song of the week http://inspiritual.biz/inspiritual-song-of-the-week1/

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DO YOU


It has been a while since I posted here, while I have been resting, healing, and preparing for the next round of surgery. However, I was reminded of something last night that resonated with my soul and that is in all things to do you. I was watching a special episode of Chopped (no surprise to those who read this blog often) and Katie Lee, one of the competitors, was surprised that she won. In reflecting on it, she talked about how she thought she had won because she had stayed true to who she was. Katie is best known for her comfort foods and that is what she cooked all three courses, foods filled with memories of growing up and cooking with her grandmother and mother. She gave the judges her on a plate.
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What are you willing to do cultivate peace?




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

P.E.A.C.E.

Recently, I was rereading a reflection by Iyanla Vanzant and she listed Peace as an acronym for Please Excuse All Crazy Experiences. We all have “crazy” experiences in our lives. By “crazy” I mean anything which causes us to be extremely enthusiastic or extremely angry, irritated, frustrated, agitated etc. Crazy can include all those experiences that take us to the extreme from being crazy about shoes (i.e. I know someone that has over 300 pairs of shoes and keeps buying them) to that place of extreme agitation and anger where one is in need of therapeutic care to help restore balance. Sometimes we have those experiences in our life, which can easily pull us off balance and make us feel “crazy”, such as pain, anger, loneliness, being tired, hunger, and sickness. I know when I am extremely tired, due to the lack of sleep I am experiencing, I have to work intentionally at staying focused and centered and am constantly asking the Ultimate to give me energy to balance out my tired.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

ONE THING AT A TIME

Today, I just want to thank you for the reminder that if I want to stay in a space of peace, I just need to do one thing at a time. I do not need to be thinking about the list of things I have created for myself, many of which I have come to realize I really do not need to do. If I am spending time thinking about everything, then I am not able to accomplish anything. As I remember realizing years ago, I cannot be in a state of peace if I am trying to multitask. The lesson came to me about three years ago when I came across a quote that said, “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” I remember laughing at the time because I was trying to drink my morning water, eat breakfast, check my email and FB all at the same time.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Song of the Week

“I see a choice, love or fear? What do you choose? I choose love, where freedom flies, from my heart where the light keeps shining.”
This is a line from this week's song of the week http://inspiritual.biz/inspiritual-song-of-the-week1/

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thought for the day

May we be able to release all that keeps us from being in a state of inner peace.

Monday, December 1, 2014

One Spirit, Many Voices

The December 2014 issue of One Spirit Many Voices newsletter is now downloadable at http://inspiritual.biz/newsletters/.

WHAT IS YOUR STATUS?


As many people know today is World AID’s Day. So the question I want to ask each of you today is “What is your status?” Are you positive or are you negative? I don’t want to discount the experiences of those who are living with this virus. I know that living with this virus affects every aspect of your life, just as much as being whatever racial or ethnic identity you are, or sexual orientation you are, or what class you are, or what sex you are, or what gender you are. I know it affects your life in ways that those of us who have a medical diagnosis of HIV- may not understand. 
But what I want to know is this, what is your status when it comes to HIV/AIDS?
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May we fill our lives with peace, so that we may stay healthy.