Spirit is Calling
A Daily Journal
I have started reading a book called "Spirit is Calling: A Daily Journal" written by Chris Michaels and Edward Viljoen.
I have been looking for an additional way to grow my spirituality through daily practice and this book is exactly what I was looking for. It doesn't take long to read the daily page, but provides thought-provoking ideas. I'm excited to continue on this journey and to share it with you.
I will provide the title and quote of the day and then give my thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the daily reading for the day.
If you would like to see what other books I have read or are currently reading, you are more than welcome to connect with me on Goodreads.
I was going to put the Amazon link up for this book, but Amazon is selling this book for $50, which must be some kind of mistake. I have contacted them about it and they still haven't changed it so I am providing a link to the Center for Spiritual Living in Kansas City. They are selling the book for $15.95 + the cost of shipping.
Loving Spirit - Day 48
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" ~ Benjamin Franklin
What things in creation do I truly love? I love my friends and family, the animals, the beauty of the sunrise and sunsets and the stars in the night sky, the flowers and trees, and the music that nature plays for us.
Unconditional Love - Day 47
"The ultimate lesson all us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
I have actually sat back and thought about this.
The conclusion that I have come to is that I do love all of my friends and family unconditionally. They might do things that I don't like or approve of or say things that might hurt my feelings, but through it all, I will still love them. I might take some time to back off and gain perspective, but that love for them would still be there.
I don't love easily, but I love truly. For me, love is not a switch to be turned on and off. Even if I found out that my husband had cheated on me, I would be hurt and angry, and might get a divorce, but I would still love him. It would take me a long time to get over that.
The one person that I don't love unconditionally is me. While I am working on this, surprisingly, it isn't as easy as it sounds. I constantly catch myself saying or thinking "I love myself, but..." or "I would love myself more if...". That's not unconditional.
Divine Beauty - Day 46
"The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express." ~ Francis Bacon Sr.
Everyone is part of the Divine, and carries a part of that Divinity within them. It is my belief that part of people is Divinely beautiful, regardless of what they look like or do. It's acknowledging and remembering that with each person that we meet or pass, that they carry within them that Divine beauty. I think that it's just as important that we remember that we, ourselves, have it within us also.
Spirit Surrounds Me - Day 45
"Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I did this yesterday, and I have to admit the results were pretty amazing to me. I would stop at random times during the day, and just take a couple of deep breaths and say to myself that "Spirit surrounds me." At times I found a renewed sense of energy, a feeling of peace wash over me, or just a sense of happiness. It was always what I needed at that moment.
Appreciating Life - Day 44
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." ~ Cicero
I do appreciate life. This falls back to the old phrase "Stop to smell the roses". We get so preoccupied with living, that we sometimes forget to stop and appreciate all that we do have, rather than focusing on everything that we don't have.
I became a grandmother this week, and that was so amazing! I appreciate all the wonderful family and friends in my life, my dogs, the cats and other animals that I feed outside, the beautiful world that we live in, and all of the experiences that I have gone through to become the person that I am today.
Longing for Divinity - Day 43
"Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations." ~ Albert Einstein
I am actually really confused by today's journal entry. It says "many people embark on a journey of spiritual exploration because they have a longing to be loved in a way that no human being can love." It was said in earlier journal entries that "Spirit lives through us," and "we are all perfect beings". If we are perfect and Spirit is in us, then why is it saying that we are limited in our ability to love? To me, this makes no sense whatsoever.
The Gifts of Spirit - Day 42
"Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence." ~ Vincent van Gogh
I think that a few of the gifts that I have from Spirit are an insatiable curiosity, compassion for others, a special connection to nature, and intuitiveness.
Loving Others - Day 41
"To open your heart and give love to another person is risky. But an open heart is the only way to really experience God." - Chris Michaels
By loving other people, I have learned that not only do I have a lot of love to give, but also by giving I get so much more in return.
I have grown in my understanding of compassion and acceptance by leaps and bounds since starting this book. I can now look at people and see them as the Divine beings that they are. I find it much easier to see the positive in people instead of always looking for the negative.
The Ideal Human - Day 40
"We are in the midst of a massive up-welling of human potential, creativity, anger and frustration. We are confused and reactionary, yet bursting with new capacities...just like a newborn child." ~ Barbara Marx Hubbard from Conscious Evolution
I think that this is really important. I have been trying to listen to my intuition more lately. At times I hear it, and I ignore it or don't take the time to think about what it's trying to tell me. I find that later on, I always wish that I had listened or paid more attention to it.
Listening to your heart can be just as important as listening to your intuition. Many times they work together to try and tell you something important.
This is why meditation is so important. Stilling the mind, so that you can hear those small still voices, that tell you what you need to know.
The Beauty of Others - Day 39
"Love one another, but make not a bond of love:Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each others cup, but drink not from the same cup. Give one another of your bread, but not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music." ~ Kahlil Gibran
That's so beautiful, and so true. We are brought up to think that if we aren't like everyone else that there is something wrong with us. Each and every one of us brings something perfectly unique to the table. Rather than trying to shove everyone into the same mold, we should be celebrating and sharing the differences that makes each of us special.
Spirit Lives Through Others - Day 38
"My friends have come to me unsought. The great God gave them to me." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some qualities that I see in my closest friends include courage, compassion, love, authority, joy, and wisdom.
Qualities that I see in myself are compassion, love, and joy.
Appreciating Others - Day 37
"We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay on Friendship.
I think that this is so true. We are so focused on pointing out each others mistakes, flaws and short-comings, but we never take the time to point out the positive, a job well-done, or thank them for what they have done.
I appreciate my husband for his love and support and for being around and putting up with me. I appreciate that he gets up and goes to work every day to support and provide for us. I also appreciate him for his fabulous cooking skills!
I love and appreciate my daughter for the beautiful and wonderful adult that she is becoming.
I love and appreciate my friends and family for the love and support that they provide when it's needed, and even when it isn't.
Nurturing Others - Day 36
"There is nothing helpful in criticizing or judging others. Every bit of good you can do for your fellow human beings will come from your ability to be compassionate." ~ Emotional First Aid Manual
I think that everyone that we come in contact with could use additional support and encouragement. Whether it's someone that we live with, the teller at the bank, or the cashier at the store. I think that just by letting people know that they are loved and appreciated is a wonderful way to nurture them.
I have printed out little slips of paper and I keep them in my purse. Whenever I am out and I notice that someone is in a bad mood, tired, rushed and busy, or just someone who looks like they could use a pick-me-up, I hand them one of these slips of paper. The little notes say: "I just wanted to take a minute and let you know that I think that you are important and that you are serving a valuable role within our community. I wanted to say "Thank you, I appreciate what you do." I hope that you have a wonderful day!"
While this may seem silly and maybe even a little ridiculous to some, I want to point out that the reactions that I get from people from this simple little act are amazing!
I actually had a young woman start crying saying that for the last couple of weeks that she had felt so under-appreciated and was just feeling blue. By handing her that little slip of paper, and letting her know that someone cared and appreciated her, I had turned that all around for her and made her feel loved and appreciated.
We all need to feel that what we are doing is useful and appreciated. By letting people know that they are loved and appreciated for what they do is a wonderful experience and is an up-lifting experience in itself.
The Gifts of Others - Day 35
"Every person you meet is a new opportunity to bless your life. The question is: Are you ready to receive the blessing?" ~ Chris Michaels
I don't know if I will meet anyone new today, but I see the point that is being made. Every person that comes into our life or touches our life has a valuable lesson to teach us. Even people that we see as evil or bad are an example of what we shouldn't do. I think that this is a very good point.
I do try to see only the positive in people and expect the best from them, until I see otherwise, of course. This can be difficult in this day and age because it seems like everyone is on the look-out for the bad or negative in others. We put a lot more emphasis on the negative and ignore the positive. If we could automatically expect that everyone is kind and good and put more emphasis on the positive, how much better could things be?
Loving Myself - Day 34
"To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance" ~ Oscar Wilde
I actually do a couple of things each day that shows self-love. I take the time out each day to read this book and explore my spirituality and I also take time to meditate each day. I feel that both of these things are important to me and I enjoy doing them, so I feel that both of these things are two ways that I show love for myself each and every day.
The Ideal Me - Day 33
"You can tell the ideals if a nation by its advertisements." ~ Norman Douglas
The ideal me is slimmer and healthier. I look healthy and happy and I feel positive and joyous in all that I do in my life. A few of the hobbies that the ideal me enjoys includes volunteering, learning and growing in all areas of my life, and helping to make my life and the world a better place to live in. This is how I see the ideal me.
Beauty - Day 32
"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." ~ Kahlil Gibran
I guess that a few of the things that I think is beautiful about me is my generous and loving nature and my ability to listen to others.
Spirit Lives In Me - Day 31
"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey." ~ Stephen R. Covey
- What has Spirit learned through me?
- What did Spirit hope to learn in this life?
- If all life is spirit, is it still always learning? Or has it reached a point that it has learned all it can?
Appreciating Me - Day 30
"We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies." ~ Roderick Thorp
I have actually already been working on this one and not even realizing it. By taking more time for myself and doing what I feel is important to me I feel that I have raised my value in my estimation. By doing the things that I know is important to me and doing what I feel is right has raised my value and esteem in my own eyes. It's important to be able to feel that we are valuable to ourselves and to the world. Everyone seeks this, but many never find what they are looking for.
Nurturing Myself - Day 29
"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie; Which we ascribe to heaven." ~ Shakespeare
To me, nurturing myself means loving and taking care of myself. This includes my body, my mind, my soul, my spirituality, the whole package. I don't think that I nurture myself as much as I should, but it just seems like there is just never enough time in the day for everything that needs to be done. I think that I just need to manage my time better and decide what is truly important to me and what isn't. If it isn't all that important, do I really have room for it in my life?
My Gifts - Day 28
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." ~ Erma Bombeck
- Good listener
- I'm happiest when I'm around people that I love and who I know love me for me
Spiritual Health - Day 27
"What you pay attention to grows. If your attention is attracted to negative situations and emotions, then they will grow in your awareness." ~ Deepak Chopra
I love my friends and family, my animal friends (inside and outside), reading, learning, volunteering, meditation, hiking, and learning about who I really am.
There are quite a few things in my life that I am grateful for, my friends and family, my dogs, my house, the Center for Spiritual Living, and my life.
Vitality - Day 26
"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
My contribution is that I am starting a free meditation class for my community. I feel that meditation is an important part of life, and I would like to share the joys of meditation. In my class I will be teaching people about the different methods of meditation. While sitting cross-legged on the floor in a dark room might work for some people, it doesn't work for everyone. So my class is about exploring the different methods of meditation so that people can find the method that works the best for them.
I have also been volunteering some of my time at my Center for Spiritual Living. I have volunteered to be an Usher and Greeter and to run the Bookstore that they operate.
I don't work outside of the home, so I like to spend my time volunteering. Not only do I enjoy doing it, but it makes me feel like I'm doing something important for my community. That makes me feel really good.
New Practices - Day 25
"Our work in psychology would change remarkably if we thought about it as ongoing care rather than as the quest for a cure." ~ Thomas Moore
I have actually already done this. By taking my first step into the Center of Spiritual Living, I have started a new practice of feeding my soul. I realize that these are simply the first steps into a long journey. I look forward to each new lesson, and each little bit of growth that my soul receives.
I commit myself to this journey of self-discovery and soul-searching that I am on. I will learn everything that I can with love and patience with myself and others.
So it is.
Healthy Choices - Day 24
"What you are looking for is not in the refrigerator. It's in you, deep inside, in your connection to a Higher Power and a higher purpose." ~ Victoria Moran
This is so true, and I think that we forget or don't realize how important our decisions are. A lot of us make decisions based on the here and now, and don't think about the long term effects of the decisions that we are making now.
Making healthy choices benefits us not only in the present but also in the future. We begin to experience more confidence and self-esteem by making healthier choices now. In the future, we increase our respect, worth and value of ourselves because of these healthier choices. Who doesn't want to feel happier and proud of ourselves for the decisions that we make?
Emotionally Present - Day 23
"You can't give something that you don't have. You can't be emotionally present with someone else if you're not there for yourself" ~ Chris Michaels
This is something that I have a lot of trouble with. I was brought up to stifle my emotions and always have a pleasant demeanor. We are raised in a society that believes that we should always be happy, and if we aren't then something is wrong with us.
The Divine gave us a wide range of emotions to experience. Why do we feel the need to hide what we are truly feeling? While we should not let these emotions control us, there is absolutely nothing wrong about how we feel.
We would be much better off being able to feel our emotions and understand why we are feeling them, and then letting them go. I think that not only would we be happier, but that we would be healthier by being able to feel our emotions and acknowledge them instead of making ourselves feel guilty for feeling anything other than happiness.
Examining Beliefs - Day 22
"...your health is the sum total of all the impulses, positive and negative, emanating from your consciousness. You are what you think." ~ Deepak Chopra
This is truly an important lesson. Many of us have been brought up to think that life is all about responsibilities. Taking time to enjoy life is just as important. What kind of a life do we have if all we do and think about revolves around our responsibilities to everyone and everything? What about our responsibility to ourselves to be able to enjoy our life?
Every night before bed, I take at least 15 minutes to myself to read before I go to bed. This might be the only thing that I do for myself that day, but I enjoy it. I look forward to bedtime so that I can enjoy these few quiet minutes to myself to enjoy something that I love to do.
My dogs make me laugh everyday...whether it's their antics, or the way they 'speak' to me (I have 3 Huskies, and they do talk to me in their way)...I love each of them immensely. I appreciate each one of my dogs for their unique personality that never fails to amuse me.
I see my husband and my daughter on a daily basis...I love them both and I am grateful that they are in my life.
Loving My Body - Day 21
"What we use grows stronger; what we ignore becomes weaker and begins to diminish until finally it has no energy to sustain itself." ~ Dennis Merritt Jones
I have been working on this lately, and it isn't easy. My day is so filled that it's difficult to find time to exercise. I do tend to find excuses why I shouldn't or why I didn't...I'm tired, it's late, I really need to do _____ instead. The excuses are never ending. I have found it easier to do a little here and there, instead of taking 30 minutes at a time. I will spend 5 or 10 minutes in the morning doing some stretching and yoga, I will take 5 minutes every hour to get up and do some yoga, and then at night I walk one of my dogs to the park, around the park, and back home. While this doesn't seem like much because I'm doing it a little at a time, I reap amazing benefits! The breaks that I take each hour help revitalize me and lets me come back to my work feeling refreshed and ready to go. The dogs love the nightly walks around the park as much as I do.
I do love my body and I am trying to take better care of it. I think that this is an important lesson. It's sad that many of us take better care of our cars and other material items than we do our bodies.
Prosperity - Day 20
"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it" ~ Confucius
To me, prosperity is having enough money to pay all of my bills and having money for groceries and the things that my family needs. I don't require a lot of things in life anymore. I'm discovering that there are a lot more things that are more important to me than money...friends, family, community, my spiritual needs, etc...
People put such high ideals on money that they start missing the big picture. Parents are putting in so much time at work to make more and more money because they feel that this brings security. Meanwhile, the poor children are feeling abandoned by both parents and not feeling secure at all. How is this helping?
A recent poll showed that of all the countries in the world, the US was the most stressed out and unhappiest. People starving in Africa, people fighting amongst themselves in the Mid East...these people are happier than we are. What does that say about this country? It says that we are putting the emphasis on things that aren't truly important to us, we just think they are because that's what we've been taught.
It's time for us to shed these old thoughts and ideas and rediscover the things that truly make us happy. Only then will we discover what true prosperity is.
Harmony - Day 19
"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
- "Feel like a million dollars"
- "Penny for your thoughts"
- "As sound as a dollar"
- "You can take that to the bank"
- "I got my money's worth"
- "Gravy Train"
- "Money to burn"
- "On the money"
- "Worth its weight in gold"
There were a lot of idioms that I had never heard of before...lol This was kind of fun, and a little enlightening. It was a lot easier to find the negative idioms on money than it was to find the positive ones. Money isn't evil, it's a tool that we have to use in our daily lives. We don't look at food or water as being evil, and we must have them to survive also.
Integrity - Day 18
"Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching." ~ Unknown
This is one of those traits that was so important to people in the past, but seems to be lacking in many people today. To many people today, personal values seem to have been lost. I think that this trait is very important. Whether it's relating to financial responsibilities or simply promises made to a child, integrity is a very important thing. With our busy lives it can be difficult to keep promises that were made, because things pop up unexpectedly. The important thing is how we deal with these things. If a promise or commitment was made, we should do everything within our power to make sure that promise or commitment is kept. There are, obviously, going to be situations that occur that make this impossible. When this happens we need to figure out what needs to be done to rectify the situation.
Circulation - Day 17
"If you help others you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow; perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped. Nature must pay off the debt...it is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics." ~ Gurdjieff
Well, with only my husband working we are certainly not rich or even well off. We do struggle from paycheck to paycheck. We do, however, have a roof over our heads, food to eat, and usually our bills are paid. I don't give as much as I'd like, but I do give what I can whenever I am able. It's never made my family go hungry or miss out on something because of it. Things do always have a way of working out that all of our bills are paid each month and we have food to eat, and that is really all that I need. I am not greedy.
Asking - Day 16
"He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning" ~ Danish Proverb
This is something that I have never felt comfortable with. To me, asking for anything is not only a sign of weakness, but of laziness. I've always been taught that if you want something/want something done you need to go out and get it. If you haven't worked for it, you don't deserve it.
Things that I have always wanted:
- Friends that care about me
- A husband that loves and adores me
- A husband that has a good enough job so that I don't have to work outside of the home
- I want to be involved in the community
- Be able to spend time volunteering for worthwhile causes
- Have time to myself to spend time outside enjoying nature
- Have time to spend with friends and family
- A family that is close and loving
- Friends that I can talk to about anything
- A spiritual community that I can be involved in
- Time to spend reading and learning
These are things that I have wanted or want now and that I feel are important to me.
Receiving - Day 15
"Human life runs its course in the metamorphosis between receiving and giving." ~ Goethe
This is me. I will give until I can give no more, and do it happily. Receiving, however, is a different story. I feel that when people give to me that they are expecting things in return or I have the fear of being manipulated, all depending on who is doing the giving. I am the same with complements.
This is definitely something that I should work on. Graciously receiving gifts (and complements!) with a 'Thank You' and nothing more.
I've spent many years believing the worst of people and this is sad. I think that is where a lot of these feelings are coming from. Now I am working on seeing the best of people, instead, and trying to see the Divine within them. This I think is just an extension of that. With some people it can be difficult, but knowing that they are on the path that is right for them to learn whatever lessons are needed for them to learn helps.
Giving - Day 14
"No one has ever become poor from giving" ~ Anne Frank
I do give financially when I am able. Since I am not working, and my husband is the sole wage earner, we don't have a lot to give. I wish that I could give more, because to me, the spiritual guidance and friendships that I have made at the Center for Spiritual Living are worth more than the money that I have been able to give them.
I am, however, starting a meditation class in August. This will be a free class, but love offerings will be accepted and these donations will go to the Center. I felt this would be a fun way to help the Center, and to provide a service to the community. If you are in the Dayton, OH area and are interested in the meditation classes please email me for more information.
Spiritual Being - Day 13
"You are a spiritual being created by God, living in a universe governed by spiritual Law. You are a unique creation of a Perfect Intelligence and your life is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to express who you are!" ~ Chris Michaels (excerpt from Your Soul's Assignment)
I think that this is so true. It's so easy to find ourselves caught up in the world around us, instead of focusing on the things that are truly important.
Does thinking that we need to be as skinny as the models on TV and in magazines help us along our spiritual journey? By getting caught up in the lives of celebrities, are we learning the lessons that we are here to learn in this life? How does it help us to grow spiritually by having the 'best' and newest car or cell phone available?
I'm not saying that we should drop everything that we are doing and move to a mountain top and become a hermit. We should still focus on keeping our bodies healthy. Watching some TV can be relaxing and a way to calm down and spend time with the family. Hybrid cars do help the environment, and cell phones can help organize our lives easier.
My point is that by concentrating too fully on these things doesn't leave us time to dedicate time to growing and developing our spirituality. We are here to learn lessons and we should be trying to discover what these lessons are instead of focusing on things that in the long run, really don't matter.
No Chance Meetings - Day 12
"If I'd gotten the job I wanted at Montgomery Ward, I suppose I would never have left Illinois." ~ Ronald Reagan
When you look at things this way, it brings a whole new thought pattern to life. Who are the important people in your life? What things have they been able to teach you? What have you been able to teach them? What about the quickly passing acquaintances that life puts into your path? What did they have to teach you? Did they leave, being a better person for having met you?
Each and every person has something to teach, and learn from each other. If we were more open and receiving when meeting people, we could learn a great deal from each other. We need to be able to be more receptive to what people have to say, in order to discover the lessons that we need to learn.
This can seem like a simple thing to do do, but we tend to put up barriers around ourselves so as not to 'get hurt'. In reality, however, we are actually hurting ourselves by not being open and loving to each other. When we are able to drop these barriers, and be the person that we are, not only are we better off, but so are the people that we come in contact with.
Right Speaking - Day 11
"The voice is a second face." ~ Gerard Bauer
Wow, so true. I think that most of us forget how truly powerful our words are. They seem like such a small thing, but can indeed, have a lasting effect on people. It usually isn't until someone says something to us (whether negative or positive), that we realize what an effect words can have on us.
Ii is my hope that by writing this journal online that I can be an encouraging and positive example for people to live their lives in a more spiritual way. This is something that I am proud of.
Since I do this in the morning, I haven't said anything today that had a negative effect on anyone. I do know that I have done this, however, and I always feel bad after I say it.
It can be difficult to not say mean and negative things when someone is doing the same to us. This is, however, a prime example of how we can use our words in a positive manner and set a good example to others.
Gifts - Day 10
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from the Divine."
By recognizing other people's gifts, you are recognizing the Divine in them. You are seeing the good that has been placed there by the Divine. By seeing the gifts within myself, is also seeing the good that the Divine has been gracious enough to have given me. Sometimes we take this for granted. I think that this is incredibly important. Because of our egos, we do tend to look for the negative qualities in other people, so that we can feel better than they are. I think that some people do this without even realizing that they are doing it. By being able to forgive and dismiss the qualities that we see as negative instead of concentrating on the positive qualities we are bringing the best of people to the surface. By practicing this we are improving life for us, for the people that we meet, and everyone that our life and theirs touches. While this may seem small, this can actually have some far-reaching effects.
I think that we should take a minute or two each day to acknowledge the gift that the Divine has been gracious enough to give to one person and celebrate that gift.
Namaste - Day 9
"Namaste is a Sanskrit word meaning, "I honor the Spirit in you, which is also in me." Chris Michaels
My goal for this is to practice seeing everyone I meet as the Divine incarnate and to resist forming any judgements about people.
People easy to see as Divine incarnate
People that I have difficulty seeing the Divine incarnate in
My Lord and Lady,
Please forgive my small mind and lack of vision. I know that all are a part of your Divine goodness. It is my goal to be able to see everyone that I meet with fresh eyes that are able to see the Divine within them with no judgement. I ask that you help me with my task with your loving wisdom and guidance.
So Mote It Be
I Am Present - Day 8
"This is what we all really want, what our heart wants, what our soul wants - this space just to be." ~ John Welwood, Ph.D.
While this may sound easy, I have actually had a difficult time with this. It's become second nature to me to be doing multiple things at one time. In this day and age, we are programmed from an early age, that to be productive er need to so as many things as possible, with little regard to how well the task was done. So by doing one thing at a time, I have had to deal with the voices in my head telling me that I'm not getting enough done. I find it funny, and a little sad, that such a simple thing is so difficult to to put into practice. I get a little better at it everyday, so I know that I am improving. It's just a slow process.
We Are One - Day 7
"The Ultimate Cause back of all things must be One, since Life cannot be divided against itself. The Infinite must be One, since there could not be two Infinite Beings." ~ Ernest Holmes
This was a short one today, but the message is still clear. While this Divine energy takes the forms of many different things, it is all still connected. When we take this into our lives and truly start seeing everyone and everything as part of this Divine energy, our perceptions change dramatically. We should treat everyone with the love and respect that the Divine has shown to, in, and around us. Sometimes we forget this, especially when we feel that we have been hurt or wronged by someone. If we can try and remember this in all situations we will be making us and the world around us a better place to live and providing a good example for those around us.
Spiritual Practice - Day 6
"The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact." ~ Socrates
I haven't had any problems with my spiritual practice. To me this isn't a chore. I look forward to the time that I spend each morning doing my daily devotion and spiritual journal. To me, this is a blessed time for me that I enjoy immensely. So for the present moment, I do not feel that there are any changes that I need to make to ensure my success. Although, if in the future, I need to make a change, I will try to be flexible.
Alone with Spirit - Day 5
"Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom." ~ Proverb
I am actually already do this. I get up early so that I will not be disturbed by anyone, and my phone is still on silent. I wake up and read my next magickal lesson (whichever course/school is on the schedule for that day) while I am still in bed. This gives me time to wake up slowly and still feel that I'm accomplishing something. I then get up and move to my altar to perform my daily devotion to my Lord and Lady. I then move onto this, while I am still at my altar.
Daily Devotional - Day 4
"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." ~ Robert Heinlein
Since I have started my daily devotional time, I have noticed that I go through each day with a renewed sense of peacefulness. I do my devotions in the morning, and I really feel that this starts my day out right. I carry this sense of love and peace with me as I go about my day. I also find that I pay more attention to my actions and consider the consequences more carefully.
Sacred Space - Day 3
"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again." ~ Joseph Campbell
I consider my altar to be my sacred space, so I will do my daily journal at my altar. I think that I will try to find some instrumental music that I can play in the background while I do my daily journal. I like the idea of having music that I only listen to while I am in my sacred space.
Mindfulness - Day 2
"The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love." Anne Morriss
I want to have to have a closer connection to the Divine. I want to be a role model for others that choose to live a more spiritual life. I want to learn and grow spiritually and as a person. I don't want to be a person that only claims to be spiritual, I want to be spiritual.
My New Life - Day 1
"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting." ~ Gautama Siddharta, Buddha
To me, a renewed life would be living in harmony with the world around me. I want to learn the life lessons that I am here to learn in this life. I want to love and honor the Divine in the best way that I can. I want to connect to the Divine on a deep, personal level so that I may learn all that it has to teach me. I want to be a better person that each day knowing that I lived a productive and spiritual day.