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Even a great spiritual truth may not pierce the armor of self-righteousness.

Self-righteousness—discounting ideas and concepts because I believe that I know all the answers—condemns me to a limited life and everlasting ignorance. The “Don’t try to change my mind with facts, opinions, or your experience” attitude can be blatant or subtle; but the automatic rejection yields the same results. Personal growth requires hearing and trying things that disagree with pre-conceived ideas or long-cherished views.

Some may reject personal, practical spirituality due to a total rejection of religion; others may not believe in spiritual power or are committed to science and the material life; still others, independent and self-reliant to the core, may rebel at any belief in God. Nevertheless, it is an undeniable fact that many have experienced a higher quality life as a direct result of spiritual practices. They have discovered an un-suspected inner reservoir of power, guidance, understanding, and purpose that transcends human resources; then, they have engaged in practices that cement and expand their discovery. But open-mindedness, the willingness to try, to experiment, and to experience is the key to opening the door to this new life.

Prayer: Dear God or whatever is out there and within me, remove any barrier of self-righteousness; make me receptive to that which can improve my life; open my mind, heart and soul to receive the truth that you have for me; guide my motives and thoughts this day. It is my will that your will be done.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence

Difficult people and situations are part of life; whether I see them as villains or opportunities determines their power over me.

Life teaches us that acquiring certain virtues will improve our life; we may develop a sincere desire to be more patient or tolerant; we may seek and pray for these attributes. But the only way to acquire any desirable trait is through encountering people who cause us contention and frustration. Learning patience requires experiencing situations that produce impatience–and slowly learning to react differently; learning tolerance requires being around people that bother us and slowly learning to accept the person but retaining the freedom to disagree with the action.

Patience is not a problem as long as we get what we want when we want it. Likewise, it’s not hard to be tolerant as long as others are loving, agree with us, appreciate us, or don’t try to force their ideas and values on us. The challenges start when we find people that irritate us, make us fearful, or “push our buttons.” These are our true teachers—they provide our opportunities to learn and practice patience and tolerance. God, or the universe, has an endless supply of these teachers; they will continue to appear until we learn the lesson. It’s just easier on us if we can learn with the first few instructors. We’ve made real progress when we view these people as teachers instead a hindrance in that moment when they are challenging us. 

Prayer: God, grant me the maturity to see a teacher in any irritating, angry, or contentious person that I encounter today; help me pause, be centered, and respond to any conflict with peace, poise, and love. Open my mind and heal my emotions so I take the positive lessons from all people

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

There are really very few BIG DEALS

Are you tense, anxious, worried, or stressed out? Does guilt, regrets or remorse bother you? Then you’re making a big deal out of something. A “Big Deal” is a situation or event that appears to be life-altering but we often create these out of trifles because we have got into the habit of reacting with unconscious and self-centered fear. Life has very few “big deals”—death or serious illness of a loved one, addiction, divorce, bankruptcy, and so on—events that will negatively impact our lives for years in the future.

A quick check to put the current upset in perspective: Pause and ask yourself: 1) Will this problem impact my life a year from now? Will I even remember the turmoil and its cause? If no, then it is not a Big Deal. The number of “Big Deals” in a day is inversely proportional to our spiritual condition; we always have more of them, they last longer, and ruin our days if we are not spiritually strong.

Prayer: Wonderful beautiful and all powerful God, please direct my thinking this day and help me not to react and make big deals out of small challenges or falsely see long-term problems in temporary adversity. Help me keep a healthy perspective and to remember that the inner life, the spirit-life, determines my happiness and peace of mind more than exterior events.

 Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life

Did you make a mistake yesterday? Did you do something you really wish you hadn’t done? No one on this planet can go back in time and change what has happened even five minutes ago. If necessary, we may have to apologize or make amends and then, we must completely release the error. This day—this moment—is our starting point. It is a new day–it has never been used—and we will never have another chance at this day for the rest of our life.

We pause, bring our mind into this moment, take three relaxation breaths and acknowledge five people or things for which we are grateful. We ask our inner spirit to help us keep our mind in this moment and to give us guidance and strength to be a better person; we must learn from yesterday but not dwell on the glory or mistakes of the past.  We commit that we will not allow the past, another person, or any situation steal time from this day; we will not accept feelings of misery—anger, worry, guilt, fear, shame or other debilitating reactions. We can start this day in the morning, at noon, or anytime; it does not operate on a clock. It is our day to live.

Prayer: my divine source, help me to accept that I am human and will make mistakes; let you transforming power ease any contention about my past. Fill me with the hope that I can change, the desire to become the best I can be, the willingness to act, and the strength to overcame all barriers to my progress.  

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Wherever you are, be there

Life is always better if we can stay focused on THIS moment. We cannot change a thing we did just 5 minutes ago; we cannot control any person or event in tomorrow. Our mind and actions in this precise moment are all that we can realistically hope to control. God lives in eternity but he responds to us in the moment of NOW.

Yesterday and everything about it is gone forever; tomorrow is but a possibility. This moment, the one we are living right now is truly all that we have. Our body always stays in the moment—it is always in the NOW. Our mind is the only part of us that time travels. It journeys into the past, re-lives events, and returns with guilt, resentment, and regret; or it journeys into the future and brings back anxiety, dread, and fear. Once our mind has developed this time travelling habit, training it to stay home may be difficult. We access our inner spiritual power and ask for help; we strive for constant awareness and appreciation of every happening of every moment. Living in the moment actually improves our abilities in the real world. We still make plans but learn to not spend mental energy thinking about anything today that we cannot take an action on today. Making plans outlines actions; having expectations anticipates results.

Prayer: Father, me appreciate and love your world, others, and myself in each small moment as it passes; guide my thoughts; help me keep them in the NOW, in the very moment-by-moment experiences of this day.

 Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

Imagined fears ruin my day; the dreads of my imagination are always worse than reality.

Few things that consume us with fear, anxiety or worry ever happen the way we imagine. A single thought of what might happen enters our consciousness; our mind grasps that thought and nurtures it, spawning a family of fear-driven offspring. Morbid, fearful feelings follow the thought and start the downward spiral. It makes little difference whether the concern is real or imagined because everything appears real to a fear-driven mind.

We have a choice whether to continue to participate in the misery or simply release the thought; we can live in the moment or we can allow our mind to time-travel and return with fear; we can seek inner peace or we can become mired in some imagined fantasy. We pause, pray, and take action; we call a friend, read a book, listen to something uplifting and positive; we take a walk, or volunteer in a soup kitchen. The decision-action sequence offers the opportunity for our inner spiritual power to perform its function—expulsing the fear and replacing it with divine traits of love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, and peace.

Prayer: Dear God, please remove this fearful thought; grant me peace; and illuminate my mind and heart to see the truth about my challenge. If this is an imagined dread, erase it from my mind and give me the strength not to allow it to re-enter and dominate my thoughts. If this problem is an immediate threat to my physical, mental, or spiritual well-being, reveal the solution that leads me to be the child you want me to be.

Take three relaxing breaths; ask your inner spirit to guide your meditation; reflect on the content, pausing for a few minutes in silence.

LIVE and LET LIVE

Actually living is more than just existing – more than being a passenger along for the ride. Living is not blindly accepting what the world tells us is important but developing our personal values, commitments, and priorities; it encompasses action, not procrastination; it demonstrates love and service, not indolence and inertia. Living implies that we recognize and accept our own shortcomings and are willing to improve; we feel the joy and the pain of life but do not have to suffer misery; we share our life with others and actively participate in their lives.

“Let live” implies that we do not get too upset about what others do or say or fail to do or say; we avoid unreasonable expectations of other people, situations, or our selves; we strive for patience, tolerance, humility and caring actions. This life does not means that we are a doormat for other people; when necessary, we always stand for our values with quiet poise, integrity, and dignity,

Prayer: My loving and merciful divine parent, please be patient with me. Help me to go forth this day with love, peace, and exuberance to enjoy a wonderful day; grant that I accept the frailties and humanity in myself and in all my spiritual family. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions today that I may enjoy your creation and see the best in the people I meet today.

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