Every year, we move into winter, the time of recuperation, rejuvenation, and rest. The days grow shorter; nature takes its rest from the cycle of birth and growth. Nothing can continue without ceasing, relentlessly moving forward, without eventually burning out. And yet, the pace of contemporary life often lulls us into believing that we can and we should be ever moving, ever doing. The truth, though, is that like the whole of nature, we, too, benefit from periods of respite and reflection, rest and recharging. Perhaps we do not have the opportunity to spend days or weeks in the silence or sitting in contemplation; perhaps we must seek our rest and reflection in little sips rather than in long gulps.
Perhaps we must find ways to weave it into our daily routine at intentionally-placed junctures of time. You may not be able to meditate for two hours daily, but you may be able to find 15 minutes in the morning and another 15 minutes at night. The respite and reflection you allow yourself will come back to you at other times, in other moments, as groundedness, balance, and a sense of connection to the Divinity that is your very being. You can use an app like the free Insight Timer to work meditation into your daily rhythm. There are 30,000 guided meditations available and a great many lectures, chants, and music selections, too. A great many other free guided meditations can be found on YouTube and elsewhere. I know you might think you do not have the time, cannot make the time, or cannot imagine what adding another item to your to-do list could possibly do for you. The truth is that it can do a great many things for you. It can transform your very consciousness. From a centered, grounded place, you are freer to create miracles in your life, choose and continue the affirmations that can set you free, and transform your relationships. As your meditation practice deepens, you will find yourself able to call upon the same sense of mindfulness and peace even in the midst of challenging situations. The rest you find there will be yours at all times.
Just as the winter brings the promise of the coming spring, so our moments of silence brings the promise of a richer life in each and every moment. May you use these final weeks of winter to begin or to fortify your mindfulness practice. May what you find remind you that spring also comes into your life, and it does not only come once a year but in each and every moment we choose to think and believe anew.
We will be holding a brand-new New Thought study on the New Thought classic The Game of Life and How to Play It. This tome, by Florence Scovel Shinn, is a practical and easy-to-read tour of a great many major themes of the New Thought, including the importance of faith, the centrality of forgiveness, and the power of love. With wit, humor, and plenty of relatable stories, Ms. Shinn guides the reader through an important series of lessons. Her ability to relate major themes of the teachings of New Thought to the trials and challenges we all encounter. Her message is clear: Our connection to the Infinite Intelligence is the truth of life; it is our belief in and understanding of it that makes all the difference.
Join us for The Game of Life and How to Play It, beginning in April. If you are interested, please sign up before or after service. You can also send us your intent to join us via our contact us page. Just leave us your name, contact email and telephone number, and a message that you would like to join the class. Details about the start week will become available soon!
To join us, you will need a copy of the book.
A FREE ebook is available at: The Game of Life and How to Play It (Gray Global Books) in PDF, epub, and Kindle formats.
A FREE public domain audiobook is available via LibriVox at: LibriVox The Game of Life & How to Play It
The book is available on Amazon or via Barnes and Noble.
Themes for March 2020
March 1: The Holy, Reimagined
March 8: Our Living Legacy
March 15: Law as Womb
March 22: Nurturing as Strength
March 29: Spirit Is Every Gender
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