I like to give you a little look into my life when I write to you each week so it is Monday morning and I am sitting in a muffler shop in Milton, PA having a little repair done on our car. Nothing extreme, just a little bit noisy. So, as good stewards of our vehicle we are having it fixed. This gives me the time to write Heart Thought!
This week started a new, exciting series based on a book written by Unity ministers Mary-Alice and Richard Jafolla. Many of you know of their work because you have taken the Quest course with Louise Flynt. The Jafolla’s are the authors of that as well.
- Turn away
- Remove the stone
- Great expectations
- Upfront thanks
- A strong command
- Drop the old role
We looked at “turn away” this week. It was Einstein who said, “You cannot solve the problem on the level of the problem” and this is what this lesson shows us. When Jesus got word that his friend Lazarus was dead he didn’t go into a state of anxiety and worry. He continued on with what he was doing and waited for the right time to go to Bethany.
The spiritual lesson in this for us is to learn to respond to challenges in our life rather than react. Our tendency is to get anxious and view it as urgent and needs immediate attention and we allow the feelings we are having to dictate what we do. Our natural instinct is to get rid of the feelings as quickly as possible.
Jesus did not react instead he responded and the teaching is to become the non-anxious presence, pause and take time to consider what is the best course of action.
This quote from the book is a must for you to put all over so you are reminded of it all the time, “You don’t get rid of a weed by fertilizing it, and you don’t get rid of a negative situation by feeding it with the energy of your fears. The more you focus on a problem, fertilizing it with negative thoughts and emotions, the stronger and more stubborn it becomes. The stronger and more stubborn it becomes, the more it takes over your life.” p.21
The practice for “turn away”:
- Do not dwell on the negative.
- Pull the weed and plant a flower: replace a negative thought with a positive thought.
- As soon as you notice you are brooding shift your attention to something more interesting.
- Make a plan: choose a “turn away” practice i.e. counting to 10; take 3 deep breathes; meditate or go for a walk.
Centering thought for Step One: How grateful I am for the gift of life. The creative intelligence deep within me knows what to do and how to do it. So I relax now… I relax… I find the inner strength to turn away from fear and devote this day to enjoying the pleasures all around me. I become a blessing to everyone in my life… I am at peace.
Next Sunday will be Step Two: Remove the stone.
You are a blessing in my life,