Spring has sprung! (Rocky Mountain style, of course…)
Signs of new life and new growth are all around. It’s a time for new beginnings – inside and out. This year, more than ever, I feel an intense need to do “Spring Cleaning.” To let go of stuff and make way for fresh possibilities. To revive my sleeping inner child. To renew my spirit.
What kinds of things do you do to renew your spirit? What makes you feel rejuvenated? This Sunday we will be talking about that and sharing stories of renewal. Let me know if you have a story you want to share about a time in your life when you felt particularly rejuvenated!
Robert J. Wicks in Riding the Dragon says:
“Listening to music from the Celtic version of the Secret Garden eases my soul when I am tense. A short walk in the woods detoxifies my spirit when I’m preoccupied with the sadness, futility, and fear I have encountered. Renewal zones are essential, then, if we are to remain vital, compassionate and grateful in life.”
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader here at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths.
We are invited to celebrate “Earth Day” this weekend, a time to focus our special gratitude and healing thoughts on our planet home. As part of our Sunday service, we will share a video of the transformation of heart that happened to astronauts when they viewed Earth from outer space. Edgar Mitchell, in particular, had such a powerful experience of appreciation and inter-connectedness that it completely changed his life. His transformative experience led him to found the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which he established for the ongoing study of consciousness.
His beautiful description needs no elaboration:
“On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity. We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians.”
I look forward to celebrating our planet with you on Sunday and reflecting on her generous, strong, fragile beauty.
I am so deeply grateful for this luscious beautiful day. The strength of the sun, the flowering of the trees, the joyful singing of the birds—all these remind me that Light always comes again.
Marianne Williamson says it so beautifully:
“All powerlessness stems from failure to understand this point: the key to empowerment, personal and collective, is the understanding that, although darkness stalks light, the light will always reassert itself. No matter what is happening, the universe is invested in healing. Night is followed by morning. Crucifixion is followed by resurrection. God always has the final say.”
May we be empowered.
May we be free.
I have talked to so many people recently who are feeling completely overwhelmed with the complexities of their lives. People are dealing with complicated medical conditions and complex grief, sudden changes and broken systems. Sometimes it’s hard to stay still long enough in the midst of the turmoil to just show down our breathing.
In these times, as Joan Armatrading says, “everyone needs comfort and would welcome a hand to hold…”
In these times, I need to affirm simple slogans out loud. “Keep the main thing the main thing.” What IS the main thing? What is your answer to that question?
“One day at a time.” Sometimes it’s an hour at a time. Or even a minute.
“Keep it simple.” Simplicity is a much under-valued virtue in our complex, multi-tasking, crazy lives. This Sunday we will spend some time reflecting on “keeping it simple,” in the talk and in the music of Korby Lenker.
Hope to see you there.
“Live simply that others may simply live.” Gandhi