HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY !
Some things in life are such long shots that they are nearly impossible to accomplish. In our pursuit of these long odds we often feel as if we are doing battle with ourselves, others and our circumstances. There is no denying that there are negative forces (either real or imagined) that come between us and our most noble of intentions. These are the times when we need to immerse ourselves in our spiritual beliefs (whatever they may be) in order to prepare ourselves for the challenges that come with our more altruistic objectives.
For those of us who have tried to add value to the lives of others and the world around us, we have learned the value and paid the price of launching our own spiritual platforms. We may have not preached religion to do so but we have strongly relied on our own inner faith to lift our spirits during the darkest of times. It is difficult sometimes to imagine how the situation may have turned out without the reinforcement we were able to get from turning to our spiritual beliefs. It was C.S. Lewis who said, and I quote,”those who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.” In difficult times, when our faith is tested, when we are forced to adapt to uncomfortable prevailing circumstances, when we are not so innocent and trusting, our spirituality keeps our values and our personal ethics in check. It aids us in preserving our courage and integrity to fight prejudge and injustice whenever we encounter it.
When it comes to protecting our spiritual intentions and keeping them pure there are several things we can do to give us spiritual strength.
- We must be cautious of what we allow to get into our consciousness, use our discernment to identify distractions and to prevent us from believing in delusions and, whenever necessary, exert our spiritual authority to prevent ourselves from becoming victimized by negative forces.
- We must acknowledge our pessimistic perspectives when they come up as self-defeating thoughts and limit our downbeat personal dialogue by becoming extremely aware of what we are saying to ourselves out loud so that these negative thoughts do not repeatedly come up in our conversations.
- We must not allow ourselves to lose sight of the promises we have made to our higher power and to others by looking for excuses that relieve us of our spiritual responsibilities which on occasion, can sometimes become a heavy burden to us.
- We must strive to find others who will share at least part of our spiritual vision with us so we can walk some of the path together.
- We must wage spiritual war and be prepared to stand up to those who are intentionally trying to lead us off track and remember it is our constitutional right to express our beliefs in our words and actions as long as they do not inflict harm (emotional or physical) on others or diminish their rights.
Spiritual journaling is a great way to anchor our soul in the assurance that there is an unfailing presence that cannot separate us from the source of our security. Journals are effective tools for grieving our everyday losses and for reconciling our most discouraging failures. They are our constant companions that help to ease our tensions related to suffering so when we encounter the most horrific of situations and require reinforcement our diaries contain firsthand accounts of our divine experiences as we are living them. They also serve as testimonials to our convictions and help us record important details that we are apt to forget next time when we encounter resistance that interferes with our spiritual path. Our recollections of events experienced hold the power to remind us at times that contrary to physical evidence, we are far from spiritually helpless despite our bleak feelings of impending darkness.
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