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One of the Marvelous Things About Community

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.”  – Jean Vanier

Recently we started The Espirational Community as a Facebook Group where our followers and others on a spiritual path can come together for encouragement and support. Please stop by and introduce yourself.  Invite your friends.  And join us this month on Espirational as our daily quotes during the month of June will focus our attention on community.

Creating Community

We live in a world where it seems fewer and fewer people understand community.  Our emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of individuals often separates us, creating a lonely world with little concern for the needs and welfare of others.

I grew up in a church with a strong sense of community.  We were family.  We cared, supported and prayed for each other as well as for others outside our church.  People were drawn to our church by kindness and help received in time of need.  I remember joyous “family celebrations” of marriages, births, graduations, new jobs as well as sad occasions when we gathered to pray for healing for people who were gravely ill or mourn the passing of those near and dear to us.  The prayers of that church sustained me during difficult times and I believe led to a miracle healing when doctors had given up all hope.

I was shocked when I moved away and realized not all churches were like that.  In fact most I encountered were not.  Community is certainly not limited to churches, but I believe that as people of faith we lead by example and showing our love and care for others through community is one way to do that.

Something we have been trying to do with Espirational from the beginning is to create a sense of community for people who can often feel like “spiritual outsiders.”  Living a life true to our calling is not always easy, especially when we may be challenged or ostracized for our beliefs and way of life.

Recently we started The Espirational Community as a Facebook Group where our followers and others on a spiritual path can come together for encouragement and support. Please stop by and introduce yourself.  Invite your friends.  And join us this month on Espirational as our daily quotes during the month of June will focus our attention on community.

–Genie

 



 

Let’s Talk About It

We are talking about Creating Community this month in The Espirational Community on Facebook.  While due to the founders of this site’s personal backgrounds this is a Christ based Website this site and The Espirational Community  is a place for people of all faiths to gather, discuss and praise the God of us all. Please consider this your invitation to join our community and participate in the discussion of this timely topic.

Life is a celebration of love and consciousness

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Celebrate every day, every moment, every success and every failure. Life is a celebration of love and consciousness.” 
― Debasish Mridha MD

My Physical Exclamation Point

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“I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher

Every Day is a Good Day

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Every day is a good day.

There is something to learn, care and celebrate.” 

― Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

 

So what does it mean to celebrate?  What does celebration look like?

I believe celebration is a state of being, not just a party.  For me celebration is about acknowledging that life is good. We sometimes get so caught be in what we see as the bad stuff we forget. Even when we try to celebrate we tend to overthink and overdo to the point that instead of celebrating we feel burdened. Have you ever heard someone say, “I hate Christmas!  I’ll just be glad when it is over?” Perhaps you have even said it yourself.

When we fail to see that life is good, we are denying the goodness of the Universe.  We cannot say God is good then turn around and say life stinks.

We come into this world straight from oneness with God, The Creator, the Universe.  And we remember that oneness…  for awhile.  Then we start to forget.  It doesn’t take long for the separation that we are taught from birth to take over.

We create our own reality and it all starts with our basic assumption about the Creator and the nature of life.  If we believe that life is hard, full of suffering and our punishment for the “fall” in the Garden, that is what we will get.  If we believe we cannot be truly happy on this earth, then that is what we will get.  If we believe that life is good and we are supported by the Universe that is what we will get, even if we don’t always understand how the Universe works.

I believe that God is good and so is life.  Everything else is simply an illusion.  Easy to say, but not so easy to live.  It is easy to become overwhelmed by the darkness in our world.

Sometimes we have to start back with the basics, by celebrating little expressions of the goodness of life.  I like to celebrate when I see a beautiful sunrise and say “Yay God! One of my favorite celebrations involves eating when one of our special dairy free, gluten free, fat free, reduced sugar hot fudge sundaes because life is definitely still good.

It’s time to wake up.  Let celebration become your state of being.  Start celebrating by acknowledging even small things that tell us that life is good.

Genie



 

Let’s Talk About It

We are talking about Celebration this month in The Espirational Community on Facebook.  While due to the founders of this site’s personal backgrounds this is a Christ based Website this site and The Espirational Community  is a place for people of all faiths to gather, discuss and praise the God of us all. Please consider this your invitation to join our community and participate in the discussion of this timely topic.

This is my Choice

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection.
For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.”
― Mike Ericksen, Upon Destiny’s Song

 



 

Let’s Talk About It

We are talking about Celebration this month in The Espirational Community on Facebook.  While due to the founders of this site’s personal backgrounds this is a Christ based Website this site and The Espirational Community  is a place for people of all faiths to gather, discuss and praise the God of us all. Please consider this your invitation to join our community and participate in the discussion of this timely topic.

When Women Were Birds

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“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” 
― Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

 



 

Let’s Talk About It

We are talking about Celebration this month in The Espirational Community on Facebook.  While due to the founders of this site’s personal backgrounds this is a Christ based Website this site and The Espirational Community  is a place for people of all faiths to gather, discuss and praise the God of us all. Please consider this your invitation to join our community and participate in the discussion of this timely topic.

Stay Unique

Inage Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Celebrate the idea that you don’t fit in.

Find your own fit. Stay unique.”

—-Betsey Johnson, Fashion Designer
For more on Betsey Johnson see: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/fashion-icon-betsey-johnson-weird-60756781

 



 

Let’s Talk About It

We are talking about Celebration this month in The Espirational Community on Facebook.  While due to the founders of this site’s personal backgrounds this is a Christ based Website this site and The Espirational Community  is a place for people of all faiths to gather, discuss and praise the God of us all. Please consider this your invitation to join our community and participate in the discussion of this timely topic.