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A Simple Discipline: Say YES!

For things to happen in our life we must be available, ready and willing.  When Spirit moves are we open to it, or do we even notice?  An important part of life is saying yes.  Not saying yes to everyone and everything because you are afraid to say no.  That is so not what I am talking about here.  Saying yes to life means that we are ready, open and available for the good life has in store.

When we say yes to life, it gives a resounding YES back and doors of opportunity start opening.  This includes opportunities to grow, learn and develop strength we didn’t know we had.  Sometimes as they are happening we may doubt that these are good, but in the end we will learn that they are.

This month you will hear inspiring music, quotes and stories from people who have said YES to life.  Let these inspire you.

A Simple Discipline: Positive Inspiration

One of the most effective tools we can add to our spiritual practice is watching, listening to or reading positive inspiration daily.  Espirational is built upon this.  I hope you use it in this way and find it helpful.

So why is this important?

  1.  First, to counteract the negative messages we are bombarded with daily.  Don’t just watch the nightly news also surround yourself with the positive.
  2.  It is also a way to learn and absorb teachings so they are always available to us when we need them.  I use music for this.  That is why there are so many music videos here and why “I Release and I Let Go” shows up from time to time.

Reading of scripture or daily devotional material is important and a good way to get the positive word inside of us.  However I also believe that we can use the various other media available to us.  Sometimes a message that we just don’t get by reading or hearing a sermon just slips right into our mind and heart on music or video.

So let’s have a little fun this month.

A Simple Discipline: Honor Your Mother Earth

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Many people, even people of faith, have a mistaken idea about our relationship to the earth.  They seem to believe this planet and its resources are ours to do with as we wish.  Some of us still understand that we were placed in the “garden” to be caretakers, not to plunder and pillage its resources.

How can we forget that the earth is our mother?  The Biblical account of the creation of man says that God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him.  If we say that God is our Father then indeed the Earth is our mother.  So why do we treat her so badly?  She nourishes us and sustains us although we are making it increasingly difficult for her to do so.  How long will we be able to continue to ignore that damage we have done to her and the impact that damage is having on our lives?

April is recognized as Earth Month, with Earth Day coming later in the month.  This month we will focus on the Earth and things we can do to care for her.  Let us honor our Mother, the earth and show her the respect and care she is due.  By doing this we also honor our Father God.

A Simple Discipline: Practice Peace

 

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

While most of us want to think of ourselves as peace-loving people we may sometimes find it difficult to practice what we preach.  Even the best of us allow ourselves to become all riled up due to circumstances or even people.  There may even be one particular person in your life who seems to be assigned to helping you (although it often feels like forcing you) to learn to practice peace.  You know who I’m talking about.  That person who walks into a room and every muscle tightens, your blood pressure rises and you are ready for a fight.  They don’t have to even do anything but be there.

We need to see these people as the teachers they are.  They come into our lives to help us learn to live peace and to see the Divine in all people, even the ones who don’t have to do anything to really tick us off.

There are tools we can use to help us learn to practice peace.  This ancient Tibetan Buddhist blessing is a beautiful one.

May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.

When we learn to say this blessing while seeing a person we may have difficulty with in our minds, we are on our way to learning to practice peace in our daily lives.  Remember the first step to peace in the world is peace in our hearts.