Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The child is an almost universal symbol for the soul's transformation. The child is whole, not yet divided . . . when we would heal the mind . . . we ask this child to speak to us. —Susan Griffin
Was there ever a time when we did not feel divided from ourselves? Occasionally we get a glimpse of what such spiritual wholeness would be like, but most of the time we struggle with feelings of conflict, unevenness, a divided heart. Perhaps "the child" is a metaphor for a spiritual guide, like our own higher power, that can help us in our journey toward self-acceptance.
"I may not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent," writes author Ashleigh Brilliant. If we can be happy with this proud, funny boast then perhaps we can stop berating ourselves for our imperfections. If we dwell on our own contradictory impulses we give them too much importance, too much power.
Let me trust to my glimpses of harmony and wholeness and be grateful for the richness of my spirit.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Action for the Day: If I have problems today, I'll do what I can---and leave the outcome to my Higher Power.
There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer.
Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit.
But when they are logically related and interwoven,
the result is an unshakable foundation for life.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 33
Thought to Ponder . . .
Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually.
The way you choose
You have a purpose, so choose it. You have control, so use it.
What happens to you isn’t the end of the story. What really makes a difference is what you do with it.
Excuses and complaints give you comfort, but little else. Positive intention, commitment, action, discipline and persistence are what create a life of great fulfillment.
You are not your past, you are not your job title, you are not your bank balance or the car you drive or the neighborhood where you live. You are who you choose to be, and the way you choose to act, in this new moment.
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, so imagine from your deepest, driving purpose. Feel the passion as it wells up within you, and let it energize every part of your life.
Live by choice, not by chance. This irreplaceable moment is now here, so act to make its great value uniquely yours.
— Ralph Marston