Heart Thoughts: How Does It Get Any Better Than This?

Echoing Michael Sandler’s inspiring words, “How does it get any better than this?” truly captures the essence of our recent gathering. This past Sunday, we were graced with the presence of three remarkable presenters, each extending a warm invitation to their upcoming sessions.

Paul Dugliss is set to lead “Awakening the Heart,” starting tonight. If you’re reading this and it’s not yet 6 p.m., there’s still a chance for you to join us. Following Paul, Jaclyn Ashla and Jenn Greaves will be guiding us through “Quiet Quest,” a day-long retreat this Saturday dedicated to the art of silence and the journey of self-discovery.

Lastly, we’re excited to introduce Julie Sargent, a new friend to our community. Julie, along with her colleagues, will unveil the practice of Zero Balancing on Sunday, June 9. This healing technique is a valuable addition to anyone’s wellness repertoire, promoting greater health and vitality. We hope to see you there, adding these transformative experiences to your personal toolkit.

The message on Sunday using the book The Soul of Money was focused on Sufficiency: The Surprising Truth. Author Lynne Twist writes about the concept of sufficiency as a way to transform our relationship with money and life. The chapter delves into the idea that letting go of the pursuit of more — more than what we truly need — can free up a tremendous amount of energy. This energy can then be redirected toward making a meaningful impact with what we already have. When we focus on making a difference with our current resources, they naturally tend to expand.

Here are a few practices to cultivate sufficiency:

  • Gratitude and Awareness: Begin by appreciating what you already have. Take time each day to express gratitude for the resources, relationships, and experiences in your life. Cultivate awareness of your needs versus your wants. Recognize when you have enough and avoid chasing after unnecessary excess.
  • Define Your “Enough”: Reflect on what sufficiency means to you personally. What is essential for your well-being? Define your own “enough” in terms of material possessions, time, and energy. Consider the difference between survival needs and desires driven by societal expectations.
  • Practice Contentment: Shift from a scarcity mindset to one of contentment. Recognize that contentment doesn’t mean complacency; it’s about finding fulfillment in the present moment. Regularly remind yourself that you are enough as you are, regardless of external circumstances.

Remember that embracing sufficiency is an ongoing practice. It’s not about deprivation but about living intentionally, appreciating what you have, and making choices that honor your well-being and the well-being of others.

Next week will be looking at Sufficiency: The Three Truths… Money is Like Water.

Know that you are so very loved and appreciated.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey


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