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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~Jim Rohn

Monthly Archive

 

October, 2018

The Power of Dignity.

 

Recently I came across an article that greatly inspired and challenged me. The topic was dignity.

 

In the article, the author wrote, “The only thing that I have seen that unites people, especially those who have gone through the pain and anguish of longstanding conflict, is a shared desire to be treated with dignity. This universal human yearning is our highest common denominator. Everyone wants to be treated as if they mattered. Dignity is what can unite us. For if indignity has torn us apart, dignity can bring us back together again…” (Donna Hicks at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University and author of the book, Dignity:  It’s Essential Role in Resolving Conflict.)

 

As I have been reflecting on the power of dignity, I have been struck by how the very word itself inspires a visceral response in me. I notice myself standing taller, connecting with a kind of deep strength that needs no defense.

 

As we explore this topic on Sunday, we will also be blessed with Amy Augenstein singing, “The Greatest Love of All.”

 

Blessings and love,

Peggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader 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. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October, 2018

Jumpers Anonymous.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject of jumping to conclusions.

 

 

It’s amazing to me how often people do that. OK, I admit it: it’s really amazing to me how much I do that! So, as usual, when I have something on my mind, it leads to a talk.

 

 

In Brené Brown’s book, Rising Strong, she talks about the work of Robert Burton, a neurologist who explains why we jump to conclusions and why it can be so hard to stop. According to him, our brains reward us with dopamine whenever we recognize and complete patterns, whenever we fill in the gaps and reach an understanding about something.

 

 

The problem is we don’t have to be right to get this dopamine hit; we just need to think we’re right.

 

 

Wow! That was an epiphany for me. I have certainly experienced the sense of satisfaction that comes with “figuring it out,” the smugness of reaching a conclusion and being able to “enlighten” someone else. I didn’t know that there was also a physiological process that happens in that situation. So all I have to do is THINK I’m right, and I get a hit of dopamine! No wonder so many of us think that being right leads to being happy.

 

 

Come explore this idea with us on Sunday. And in the meantime see if you can notice when you jump to conclusions. Then stop yourself and open your mind to the idea that your conclusion might not be accurate. Ask some questions. Explore other possible conclusions. Remind yourself of the Universe present in each moment.

 

 

Approach each moment with a beginner’s mind and a lover’s heart.

 

 

Love,

Peggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader 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. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

October, 2018

Co-Creating Heaven.

 

The 5th Unity Principle says it is not enough for us to know the principles; we must live the truth of the principles. As you know, I love to write and re-write things in my own words. Here is my current wording of these principles:

 

  • The Spirit of Life is Good – and it is present everywhere.
  • We are all children of this Spirit, so we are all inherently good.
  • We co-create our lives through our attention, our intention, and our action.
  • Prayer empowers us by keeping us connected with our Source.

 

However we word these principles or our core spiritual beliefs, the underlying challenge to each of us is to practice them in our daily lives.

 

Ellen Debenport in Unity’s Five Principles asks,

 

“…How do we apply these principles when we’re sick, broke, heartbroken, scared, angry or apathetic? How do we make choices, day in and day out, in alignment with principle, so that we can – bit by bit – create the kingdom of heaven on earth?”

 

To me that’s what the 5th principle is all about. The “kingdom of heaven” begins now. But we have to take some responsibility in building it.

 

Hope to see you Sunday for some heaven on earth together!

 

Love, Peggy

 

PS – Happy Birthday to Eleanor Roosevelt! What a strong and powerful light she brought to this life. Here are a couple of her more well-known quotes for reflection:

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

          No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

          People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and         courageously. This is how character is built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader 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. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

October, 2018

Keys to Empowered Relationships.

We are excited to feature Mary Dravis-Parrish as our guest speaker on Sunday.  Mary, who is known as the “Parent Whisperer,” will be sharing key elements and applications that deepen relationships with self and others.

Relationships are a core part of this human journey.  And sometimes they are just downright messy.  Too bad there’s no one-size-fits-all manual for how to do them.

But Mary has done a whole lot of work in this field and has come up with some techniques that are both practical and simple to help people have healthier, life-giving relationships.

Mary Dravis-Parrish is a celebrated international author, speaker, and facilitator for empowered conscious living. Her favorite clients are parents, knowing that empowered parents raise empowered kids for a greater world.

She has created a parenting program called Be You Parenting. She is the author of Empowered Parents Empowering Kids, A Guide to Be You Parenting, and hosts the weekly radio show Be You Parenting on the Inspired Choices Network.

Please spread the word and invite your friends.

In Love,
Peggy

PS: If there is enough interest, Mary is also willing to come do a 2—3 hour workshop on this topic at Unity on a Saturday or Sunday. Please let us know if you are interested and can help coordinate such an event.

Quote for reflection:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader 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. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.