Today’s prayer is “I Fall In Love With Myself” and reading it anew just about knocked my socks off. Today, so much more than when I wrote this prayer sixteen years ago, I realize how important self-love is.
It’s astounding, really, that after decades of spiritual practice (meditation, prayer, affirmations worship, etc.) I am just now grasping the vital role of self-love in being able to align with God.
It goes this way: [Read more →]
February 1, 2016 1 Comment
This issue of the French weekly, L’espress, has been banned in Morocco for allegedly committing blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed by putting the image of his face on the cover. The sad thing for me is that the magazine had to print two versions of the issue, one with a representational image, and another (below). The first looks like a historical painting of Mohammed and has real dignity to it.
This alternative cannot compare.
Still, I understand why L’espress doesn’t want to risk getting a fatwa issued against its publishers.
Whereas Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and other believers tend to create personalized images of God in order to feel closer to Him, Muslims consider it an affront to God to create an image of Mohammed.
This seems ironic to me since since God is love, He wants a relationship with us, and He knows how we crave to imagine our Beloved through some visual representation. Our churches have commissioned humanity’s most gifted artists to create images that represent God. They, in turn, have sought to give expression to those qualities of God that we wish to emulate, such as love.
It’s true that we can never depict the totality of God in a picture. God is everything, the entire universe and all that is. We cannot paint a picture that will elicit the immense love or power that is. Anything we create is inadequate. Yet we create images to comfort and inspire us.
In other news, it appears that the Catholics are considering reinstituting the ban against eating meat on Fridays.
According to that link, eating meat on Fridays is still a mortal sin, but beginning in 1983 a Catholic no longer had to abstain from eating meat on Fridays if he or she performed an act of pennance (of his or her own choosing) instead for each instance. However, the writer speculates that most Catholics forget about that act of pennance.
It seems to me that “religion” is about rules and punishment whereas “spirituality” is about actually having a loving relationship with God. It seems fairly obvious that some people love making rules and dictating them to others. Yet all God cares about is whether you love yourself and your neighbor enough to live happily.
Humans – not God – create rules that divide us, and these divisions are entirely born out of fear, not love of God.
February 1, 2016 No Comments
Here’s a beautiful video by Mary A. Hall. Her message is that it’s a new day and you are blessed. This video will give you a reason to feel good, or at least soothed. Enjoy!
October 17, 2015 No Comments
I came across this essay http://sarahbessey.com/afraid-letter-charismatic-brothers-sisters/ which, on the face of it, is very well-written and likely expresses a lot of what “loving” Christians feel about those “other” “judging” Christians – you know the ones. Yet, let’s face it: with the possible exception of the Dalai Lama, most people – including Christians – are in judgment of one another. [Read more →]
September 9, 2014 No Comments
It’s so much better for us—for our brains and bodies—and so much better for others in this world when we turn our thoughts toward gratitude as opposed to letting ourselves remain angry, disappointed, afraid or ungrateful. [Read more →]
July 22, 2013 3 Comments
Thank You for the refreshing feel of today; [Read more →]
July 21, 2013 No Comments
I often receive requests for advice on how to put spiritual principles to work to achieve practical results. Here is a recent request:
“I do not have an income, I have a lot of debts and struggling to pay them off. Please advise me how I can improve my situation.” [Read more →]
July 11, 2013 1 Comment
Gratitude Prayer #2
Thank You for this delicious toast,
A slice of the last loaf on the shelf,
And how I get to savor this unique creation
Of an earnest baker’s hands
Rejoicing that it was made for me. [Read more →]
June 30, 2013 1 Comment
My plan is to reinvent this blog as a place to post my daily prayers of gratitude. (For more on this, read my P.S. at the bottom of this first prayer. )
Gratitude Prayer One
Dear Beloved Creator, [Read more →]
June 29, 2013 1 Comment
Produced by award-winning photographer Sue Bryce, this visually (and spiritually) beautiful film about thirty-two year-old Jill Bzrezenski-Conley is, in Sue’s words, “…not a story about cancer. This is a story about love…”
You’ll love this story about honoring yourself just as you are, and how the love within you can inspire others.
Here’s what Jill had to say about her experience [Read more →]
June 25, 2013 No Comments