Sunday, March 11, 2012

Random Sunday Night Thoughts

Realize that you are loved and lovable, no matter what programming you received earlier in life.

Realize that buying more books/CD's/DVD's/clothes will not only burn a hole in your pocket, but may very well clutter up your mind. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth..."

When you decide to de-clutter and throw a few things away, notice how you feel. Are you happy? Are you anxious? Both?  We can find ourselves being very anxious when we throw things out/donate them because they have been a kind of Linus security blanket.

Realize that all emotions are on the table. Happiness, joy, excitement, anger, jealousy, disappointment. Feel them, wrestle with them. Find a therapist!  Suppressing our "darker" emotions does no one any good.

Do the Buddhist thing and learn about detachment.  I am a free spiritual being and I travel lightly because having a lot of material things distracts me from my spiritual journey and from ministering to those around me.

Speak words of peace - uplifting words.

Surround yourself only with people that will accept you as you are, love you as you are, and be proud of you. 

You can't change anyone else, you can only live your life.  If they like something that they see, then great. But only concern yourself with your own spiritual growth.

Stand up against societal injustice, whenever someone disabled, or a woman or a transgender person is denied rights we should expect here in Canada (or wherever you're reading this from.)

Religious discussion is better than religious debate, particularly when debate means "trying to convince another of your religious views."

Instead of religious debate, why not get back to the basics. True religion is helping the poor and the widows. True spirituality is to love justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Period.  

Rarely speak. Frequently  listen.

Foster peace in your own heart and it will spread.