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Musings on My Faith Journey

A recent lesson: When I say yes to the Universe, a spiritual vortex activates and I can absolutely trust that whatever I think about my perceived lack of time gets nullified. God steps in, says, “I’ve got this,” and I just show up. Thank you Kathryn and Christie.

One of my recent aha’s has been around how I’m the only one making choices for my good. It seems like a simple idea, yet one that is so hard to consistently execute! I even have the bonus of working a 12-step program that allows me the ultimate freedom to stay on the spiritual beam and yet I still spend too much time face-planted in the mat.

However, a recent meeting reminded me that being present to the 12 steps is something I forget–regularly. I get waaayy too busy and full of my self-importance to put God ahead of my plans.

The voices I hear in the shadows of doubt and the storms of news cycles sometimes make it hard to come back into the sunlight of the spirit. I wonder if that happens to anyone else.

When I say I’m a sensitive sort, I don’t just mean that I tend to get my feelings hurt easily. I mean that I get drawn in to others’ drama and chaos and pain, not in a let-me-fix-you way, but in a way that my soul absorbs angst and hurt and lets those things affect my present moments.

I don’t like this one little bit because feeling hopeful in those moments is nearly impossible and without hope, I really have nothing.

Oh, what to do, cries my tortured psyche! The answer is simple, but not easy . . .

Plugging into my spiritual connection, which includes living in the sunlight of the 12 steps, keeps me God-centered. I am grounded. I function where my feet are planted.

I become much less prone to worry and stress because I am trusting God in all things. My purpose is to be right here, right now, and to affect others with my good energy. If God and I are in sync, what I’m presenting are God traits of sweet love, compassion and joy.

The sunlight of the spirit is available to me all the time. Even when I forget. Even when I fall into the world’s stresses or get caught up in politics or social media or, man’s inhumanity to man.

These days, there is a channel for spreading hate that seems vicious and loud and always on. At times, it drowns out the Love Channel where soothing voices tell universal stories of redemption and truth.

Is it time to turn up the volume on our stories? Or convince others to share their personal stories?

I think so because the voices of doom and gloom are insidious and they come from bullies who believe they can shout us into silence, wear us down with their intentional divisiveness.

Standing and amplifying our voices is hard work. It’s easier to just go along, but that choice is becoming less acceptable, not when we’re in a war for love and kindness. Instead, lets get familiar with each other’s stories and raise the energy of peace and empathy for our fellow travelers.

Ready to walk? Say yes!

A Double Dose of Joy

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The publishing staff at Daily Word probably doesn’t want me to publicize that they emailed the same word of inspiration to me two days in a row.

First thing yesterday, Sunday, I pulled up my account to read my daily word, just as I always do. The word was Joy. But wait a minute–Joy was also my word on Saturday.

I remember because Saturday was my birthday and I thought Joy was a great word to relish throughout the day.

Turns out the messages were a bit different and my birthday word, as seen in the publication, was actually Patient.

Ugh. Glad I didn’t know that on Saturday. I had much more fun with Joy!

A whisper from God

Do you ever have times when you know that God–GUS, for me–is giving you a not-so-subtle nudge? Yes, me too. This is one of those times.

From Saturday’s birthday passage: “My strength, my courage, my confidence comes from my relationship with the Divine. God loves me and fills me with a peace that surpasses all understanding.”

And from Sunday’s real Joy reading: “Joy allows me to approach any circumstance with a lightness of spirit and a sense of humor. I love life! When I look at situations with optimism, the world around me reveals wonder for all it offers. My bliss does not depend on outer conditions; rather happiness becomes my innate response, welling up from within.”

I turned 55 on Saturday and I can honestly say that both these passages describe me, at least 95 percent of the time. That hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when I waited for true joy to arrive, like a person who waits 40 or 50 years for retirement so s/he can really live life!

Today–right now–calls for Joy

My sweetie is fond of saying, “There’s no time like the present!” She’s really taught me how to live fully in this very moment and to look for that moment’s joy.

I’ve discovered that joy is the softest pillow on which to lay my head. It is the lodge of contentment where my heart feels deep peace.

Joy can’t be conjured up like a magic spell but it can be called. When nurtured and nourished, joy deepens into layers of cushion, like angel food cake released from a springform pan.

Joy emits smiles, laughter and spontaneous fun. To experience joy is to feel a divine touch, a whispered word: Accept.

Then another word: Receive.

And a third word: Live.

The breath of joy is the song that harmonizes my soul.  I hear the music, feel the beat and dance where I am. For I am joy. And so are you.

Photo courtesy of diannehope