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All posts in May, 2016

Part 12, May 31, 2016

Here’s an easy riddle for you:

Q: What do you wind up with more and more of, the more you give it away?

A: Love!

There’s even a song about it–Magic Penny!

Part 11, May 30

A friend’s comment: “We often talk about “unconditional love” and I only equate that to God. Some people say a parent’s love is unconditional… not always true”
My response, reworded for clarity: “If God dwells within us, as I believe, then we are capable of that unconditional love because we are born loving unconditionally and then learn to place conditions. I believe that we can learn to reduce and even potentially eliminate those conditions using our free will and accepting lots of healing. We are capable of it because we were born with it.”

Part 10, May 29

In today’s culture, at least in the USA, romantic love is so often seen as “true” love … but is it? Or is it mostly a hormone laden drive to propagate the species, which we hope will grow into love at some point? Was it really love if it later fades away or even dies? How is it related to God who is Love? How does it contribute to recognizing ourselves and others as love wrapped up in a body?
Just a few questions wandering through my mind …

Part 9, May 28

Loving yourself … Jesus told us that the most important commandment is to love God with all of who we are, and to love others as we love ourselves. Yes, that does indeed mean that we must love ourselves.

Can you stand or sit in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye, and smile? Can you say “I love you!” and mean it, while still looking at yourself? I confess that for most of my life, I couldn’t do that. In fact, I tended to avoid looking at myself in the mirror at all! I got to be pretty competent at putting on makeup without looking at myself–I could focus on only the spot where the makeup was going, or even to see my face without seeing ME. I wonder if this resonates with anyone else? I bet it does.

Part 8 May 27, 2016

Today I got to practice love through patient waiting. I had an appointment for pulmonary testing at 10:00, and called for a taxi to pick us up at 9:30. It arrived after 9:45, so got there a few minutes late … not that it mattered, since we had to wait to get registered and, once we got in and the testing began, the machine needed a small part replaced.

The machine wouldn’t calibrate properly so we wound up sitting around for probably an hour. The technician apologized over and over, and I kept telling her it wasn’t her fault, it was okay, stuff happens … I admit to feeling impatient a few times, especially as our lunch time rolled around, but I gently set it aside and practiced the presence of God, trusting that all was right in God’s good time.

Practicing the presence of God … wakeful meditation … mindfulness … peace in the moment … can happen in any circumstance, if we let it. And when we do, God’s love flows through us and into the world around us.

Part 7, May 26

What is love? God is Love. God/Love created all and fills all and empowers all to fullness of life and living and being. Expansive. Welcoming. Feeding/nourishing. EnCouraging. Light. Wisdom. Purpose. All that is GOoD is GOD. revealed in many places to many people in many ways. I believe that God and Love have been separated and misinterpreted and miscommunicated far too much, too often, too loudly … it makes me sad.

Part 6, May 25

Blessings in abundance! Abundance!!! That is what God has promised us. Filled to overflowing!!! Splash that abundance onto the world around you! Let it overflow! Let God’s light shine through the cracks that have developed in you through living your life!

Part 5, May 24

I took Sunday as a day of rest, then Monday was a low-energy day for me, so I don’t have much to post today. I pray that love flows into your life ever more each day!

Power & control vs. love & trust

Death has lost its sting. If God is Love and love is where we come from and where we return to, then death is nothing to fear. It’s simply a transition from our limited perception of love in this temporal body, into pure love. This does NOT mean that seeking death prematurely is a wise course, but rather that peaceful acceptance of the inevitable is intended to be the norm. Someone, somewhere, said that we have it backwards. We celebrate births and grieve deaths, when it should be the other way around.

Part 4, May 22, 2016

Forgiveness is SO important. Love requires it, because carrying hate & anger around blocks the flow of love for oneself and for others. It can be so very difficult to do!!!

Forgive and forget? Forget it. When it comes to remembering past hurts, we are elephants–but that doesn’t mean that we can’t forgive.

Forgiving ourselves is the hardest one.

Part 3, May 20, 2016

It seems that one lifelong theme for me has been that everyone is the same inside, no matter how different they may appear.

The first time I remember knowing that was when I was 6 years old, in first grade at Catholic school. I don’t know that it’s anything in particular that they taught, but I do remember it. I do know that around the same time, a popular song was “Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world! Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight! Jesus loves the little children of the world!” And of  course, that love continues even as we grow into adults, right?

In 12th grade History class, our teacher presented all of the lessons using physical props–the only one that I remember clearly is that he brought Cream of Tartar when talking about the Tatars (in Russia, I think?), but for our final exam, we were to present a lesson in the same way. I brought a popcorn popper and rainbow popcorn, to demonstrate that, just like the popcorn kernels were a variety of colors, on the inside they were all the same once popped–just like us, looking different but being the same. We of course ate it, just to make sure!

Today, I still and truly and fully believe that we are all human, just with different skins–physical and metaphorical. We come in a huge variety of colors, experiences, and beliefs, but we all have the same source and the same needs.

We all need to be loved above all else. We also need to love! We NEED to give. We need to contribute to the world! This, I believe, is driven by the love which we first receive from God–that it fills us to overflowing and we feel an overwhelming urge to give it away! When someone is unable or unwilling to accept the love which we offer, that is the worst rejection and can be terribly discouraging and even soul-damaging.

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