There is a quality that comes to mind when I think about people who have inspired me the most in my spiritual journey. It’s not a quality that is praised or sought after. It’s not a quality that inspires attention in the media. It’s not a quality that is apparent in many leaders—political or spiritual.
But it’s a quality I admire deeply, a breath of fresh air, and a joy to be around. That is the jewel of humility.
The words that Jesus spoke to a struggling people 2000 years ago mean more than ever to me today: “Come to me, you who are weary, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and I will give you rest.”
I love to be around humble people, people who don’t know it all and don’t need to tell you everything they do know.
It is exhausting to be around people who feel like they constantly need to be recognized or in the limelight or who think they have some incredible wisdom they have to impart to the world.
Humility is a much under-valued, lovely, restful quality. I invite you to reflect on it with me this Sunday.
One of the Unity Daily Word readings this week was about focusing on nonresistance, “an acceptance of what is, minus labels and condemnation.” What a concept—and how counter-cultural!
A friend of mine recently told me that in her family of origin, resistance was the immediate first response to everything. As I pondered that, I began to see how much a part of me that is, too. So of course that is this week’s topic! 🙂
Rumi says pain exists only in resistance… “Bad experiences are simply the creations of your resistance to what is.”
I, of course, would like to say, “Yeah, but(!) it’s not all black and white.”
And it isn’t.
How much energy do I expend (waste) resisting things over which I have no control?
Sylvia Boorstein in It’s Easier than You Think, says: I once heard someone say that enlightenment was the ability to say (and mean it) in any moment, “Well, this isn’t what I want, but it’s what I got, so okay.”
Have a beautiful week! Okay?
“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.” ~John Muir
If only we had ears to hear! God/Goddess is present everywhere, manifesting in an infinite variety of forms, singing and dancing and working and playing and BE-ing—and communicating with us! I have a friend who communicates with her herbs as she grows and harvests them and makes medicine out of them—and her salves and teas are magical!
At Unity we are blessed to have a “plant whisperer” who has filled our spiritual home with beautiful plants of all kinds. They thrive because of his constant care and nurture. Recently he even created the living plant wall in the lobby!
This Sunday I invite you to come and hear our plant whisperer, Randy Meyer, talk about the sacred nature of plants and some of his experiences with the plant world as he has explored and experienced shamanism on his spiritual journey.
The Tunitics will be singing a song, and Terry Meyer and the Unity band will be doing “Lean In Toward the Light” by Carrie Newcomer. It’s going to be another magical Sunday. 🙂
I think by now most of you know that this is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the green. I love the sun. I love the rain. I love the buzzing bees and the cheery songbirds. I love the whole idea of summertime when “the livin’ is easy!”
When I was a kid, we used to take a family vacation almost every year, often to spend a week at the ocean in San Diego. And three WHOLE MONTHS of no school – how cool was that?!
I was sad when I realized as I grew older that not everyone gets to take vacations. Even harder to understand was that some people actually choose not to!
Vacations can be deeply restorative… a time to just play. A time to laugh. A time to get away. The dictionary says the early definition was “freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.”
Every spiritual tradition has some form of honoring the “sabbath.” Taking intentional time off. Being in Love. NOT WORKING!!!
Taking vacation time is an important spiritual practice. It certainly doesn’t have to be in the summer (I think some kind of break every season is healthy). It doesn’t even have to be long, and you don’t have to go anywhere, as long as you know how to be at home without working.
Vacation is a real “pause that refreshes.” See you for some refreshment on Sunday, I hope. 🙂
PS – Milton Burle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”