August 30


Today's Quotation:

The balance and peace we seek for ourselves and our society won’t be achieved through mental effort alone.  Mind and spirit are meant to travel together, with spirit leading the way.  Until we make a conscious commitment to understand and embrace our spiritual nature, we will endure the ache of living without the awareness and guidance of the most essential part of ourselves.

Susan L. Taylor

Today's Meditation:

It's kind of amazing how we tend to ignore our spiritual selves so much.  After all, most of us believe that if there's an eternal part of ourselves, it's the spirit.  And if that's the case, doesn't it seem logical that that's exactly the part that we should care for the most?  Isn't that the part of ourselves that we should learn about the most, and learn how to deal with the most?  Many of us learn about our body and how to feed it and exercise it, even how it works and what it's made of.

But for our spirits we do little.  We may go to church once a week, but there we usually hear a generalized sermon on ways that we should behave in order to be "good" people, or to be somehow more acceptable to God.  But our spirit is still a huge part of us that's just waiting for us to pay attention to it, for it has many wonderful things that it will allow us to see and feel and experience if we just pay attention to it and help it to grow and be a bigger part of us.

I know that in my life, the times that I've spent focused on spirit are the most rewarding of all.  Focusing on my spirit helps me to feel the world in a different way-- the eternal nature of my spirit doesn't worry about the petty little things of this life that often bring me down.  Did someone say or do something yesterday that upset me?  Well, my ego finds that to be almost impossible to get over, but my spirit finds it to be pretty unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

How do you think life would be if you were able to replace your ego with your spirit-- if you were to allow your spirit the amount of control that your ego currently enjoys?  The major difference is that ego works for self-preservation, at the cost of the rest of you, while the spirit works for the preservation and growth of the entire organism-- all of you, not just itself.

Questions to ponder:

1.  How much attention do you pay to your spirit?

2.  What kinds of things prevent you from focusing on your spirit as a major part of who you are?

3.  What kinds of positive things might happen if you were to allow your spirit to play a much larger part in your life?

For further thought:

The spiritual life is, at root, a matter of seeing.  It is all of life seen from a certain perspective.  It is waking, sleeping, dreaming, eating, drinking, working, loving, relaxing, recreating, walking, sitting, standing, and breathing. . . . spirit suffuses everything; and so the spiritual life is simply life, wherever and whatever, seen from the vantage point of spirit.

John Shea

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