April 3

Today's quotation:

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower,
share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's,
smile at someone and receive a smile in return,
are to me continual spiritual exercises.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Today's Meditation:

What are spiritual exercises, and why do so few of us partake in them?  Why is it difficult for us even to recognize them for what they are?  I believe that it may be because of the many years of very repressive religious teachings that relied on dogma and threats to keep people "in line"--we grew to see the word "spiritual" as a frightening word, one that gave us unpleasant thoughts and fears to deal with.

And even though we're willing to exercise our bodies in order to improve our cardiovascular systems and increase the size and strength of our muscles, few of us make an attempt to exercise our spirits, or our awareness of our spirituality.  Let's face it, though--could there be any more positive time for us to spend than to make our spirits stronger, more peaceful, more loving?

When I don't exercise regularly, running a mile is hell, pure and simple.  When I run regularly, though, a mile is really nothing to me--I'm just getting warmed up at the end of a mile.  And a mile at an easy pace is an extremely pleasant, peaceful experience for me.

When I don't focus on my spirituality, the curveballs that life throws at me are difficult to deal with.  Job setbacks, relationship difficulties, financial obstacles, or just about any other problems can take away my peace and balance almost instantly.

When I'm in touch with my spiritual realities, though--my appreciation of life and living, my feelings of unity, my feeling of connection with the infinite that's in all of us--such problems really mean very little, and they have almost no power to disrupt my life.

"Continual spiritual exercises" are very important to us when we keep in mind the fact that, as many people have said, we are not humans seeking a spiritual experience, but spirits having a human experience. 

Questions to consider:

What are some of your favorite (or most effective) spiritual exercises?

What are some of the benefits of developing your spirit through spiritual exercises?

Why do so many of us neglect taking care of our spirits?

For further thought:

Why do you hasten to remove anything which
hurts your eye, while if something affects
your soul you postpone the cure until next year?



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