Greetings my Friend,
We speak of our spiritual orientation as ‘our faith’. We are a ‘person of faith’ when we feel the importance of being awake to something deeper than our personal life. What is it we are faithful to when we have faith? What if we considered that Peace, was our beloved. The Peace, that is God, the I Am, is what we were married in our hearts to.
The question then becomes, can we be faithful to our beloved? Are we totally committed to Peace?
If so, and if we want to be faithful to the peace that is always here, that would mean we would do everything we could to see what is happening when our faithfulness starts to wane. When we start drifting away from peace as our mind starts ruminating on a certain storyof unhappiness it is telling. How do we grow our faithfulness? We notice when our mind is either starting to, or right in the middle of, telling a story of what’s wrong. And right then, we can stop the thought stream. Right then we can just say‘thinking has taken my mind on a runaway train and it’s bound for the land of suffering’! We then take our attention off that thought and it dissipates.
As we move into summer, it is traditionally a time of restoration, rest being essential. Let us renew our vow to Peace, and in that commitment choose to rest from too many thoughts. Choose to do simple things like sit in a recliner and gaze up at the trees, or the clouds, or the stars. Let there be spaciousness of just being, in between being absorbed in thought. Let Peace have a chance to soothe your mind, emotions, and body. Your faith and faithfulness will grow as a result.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Blessings of profound peace and well being,
With love, Rev. Kathy
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