Archive | November 2015

Practice Non-Resistance

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None of us likes when things don’t go the way we want them to. Naturally, it is our inclination to try and control an offending situation such as divorce, illness or unemployment, by forcing solutions more to our liking.

Usually, we believe that if we aren’t worrying or stressing over a problem, we aren’t doing anything about our discomfort.

Unfortunately, our resistance to what is happening can cause more problems than solutions. It often produces more stress, anxiety and pain than the circumstance we are resisting, making the upset even worse.

Therefore, we can practice non-resistance and let go of our inner torment and fear by accepting the present situation as it is, while trying to view it as something ultimately meant for our good, growth and healing.

This idea can be appalling to many of us because certain circumstances do not feel good, and accepting a situation the way it is can make us feel powerless and passive.

However, accepting a situation reduces the internal fighting, and frees up our hearts and minds to navigate more successfully through any challenge we face.

It frees up our energy for more mindful thoughts, actions and practices that bring us peace, without wasting our energy on worry and resistance. It is not always easy to release our fears and concerns but prayer is often a good first start.

With that in mind, I have provided a prayer below that I saw in a Unity church newsletter, and thought I would pass it along as a source of comfort for anyone going through a challenging time this holiday season and beyond.

 

Living, loving Spirit, during this time of silence I release and let go of all my worries, and open to that higher and infinite power that supports me, guides and directs me, feeds my soul and strengthens my Spirit. 

I release all concerns, knowing that we are all connected, and that there is always a higher plan for my life.  I open myself to that divine plan, and to the guidance and direction of Spirit. 

I know that all things are working for my good.  I know that Spirit only wants the best for me, and its power is greater than any situation I face. 

Thank you in advance, for providing positive outcomes that will bless me and everyone involved.  With faith in this truth, I am at peace and free of all worry. 

 

 

 

 

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Dream a New Dream

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On the phone the other day, I was talking with someone about her desires for the future, and she said she needed to “Dream a new dream.’

The beauty of that statement has really stuck with me.

How often have we made our precise plans, and then a situation occurs that alters our direction but leads us to better outcomes for our ultimate well-being?

Like those jobs or relationships we thought we had to have but were denied, only to be blessed with an even better job or relationship down the road.

In her case, it seems that over a course of many years, she had been taking all the appropriate steps to make her specific intentions materialize, and all was evolving quite nicely until several months ago.

Due to some unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, she has recently been faced with having to adjust her plans.

Instead of abandoning her ideas and hope altogether, she plans to proceed to make her goals a reality but just not in the exact way or timetable she originally imagined.

Her positive attitude, flexibility, and strength are an inspiration.

What derailed plans of yours turned out to be blessings in disguise?