A Take on This Spiritual Thing


After taking some time off from writing, I’m back on the page with something I did a few years ago under the above title.

What is it like to be a spiritual being having a human experience? From my point of view it couldn’t be better. When Spirit takes over, changes are made to our humanness. As St. Paul says in Romans 12:2 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This can mean many things to many people. For me it meant a complete mental housecleaning.

The ego is the first to go. It clutters up the thinking process, always trying to be number one. Does being number one really matter? If so, to whom does it matter? The ego of course. Ego being what it is would not understand taking a back seat to an insult. Was the insult really meant to hurt us or was it intended to rid that person of his/her own hurt? A spiritual being would see beyond the actual act and not react in a way that would be harmful to the antagonizer. The spiritual being sees with the heart, feels with the heart, and tries to get to the true heart of matters.

Super sensitivity must be eliminated. It is good to be sensitive when it keeps us aware of our surroundings, the needs of others, and our own fragility when dealing with extraneous forces. However, to be super sensitive can be debilitating, causing us needless hurt when we take uncalled-for remarks too personally and dwell on them until our senses no longer have room for sensibility. The spiritual being allows for hurts and loves anyway.

Judgement is the next to go. This means allowing others to have and speak their own beliefs without jumping in and telling them where they are wrong (in our opinion of course). It means accepting the person not the deed when an unkind act has been committed. The spiritual being recalls the admonition in scripture, “do not judge or you too will be judged”. (Matthew 7:1 NIV)

Next on the list is eliminating bad habits. For me it was giving up swearing, smoking, and among others, procrastination. (I made a New Year resolution on this one but put it off until the next year.) All this is a cleansing procedure which helps to open us to our higher good.

All in all, spiritual beings recognize human weakness and prompt each other to become the best we can be by overcoming.

That’s my take on this spiritual thing. What’s yours?

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk About Words


I heard a radio program on Saturday that really made me stop and think about how some words come about…like the following:

How did a head be come a noggin…

A breast become a boob…

An abdomen become a belly…

A stomach become a gut…

A hand become a paw…

Buttocks become a bum…

Navel become a belly button…

A mouth become a yap…

An elbow become a funny bone…

The little finger become a pinky…

A nose become a schnoz…

I’ll call the end of this a wrap and could probably think of many more examples but I’m sure you get the gist…got some words you’d like to talk about?

 

 

 

A Profound Truth


One of my favorite poets, Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1931) author of The Prophet, penned the following:

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

This is such a profound truth that it gave me almost instant relief from a sadness I was experiencing, because it made so much sense.

I believe I have posted a couple of Gibran’s quotes at one time or another and will do so again in the next day or two.

 

 

On Eagle’s Wings


There are some people I know who are going through difficult problems right now…cancer, depression, severe arthritis, and other maladies. Today Isaiah 40:31 comes to mind when I think and pray for them. In spite of everything, they still will manage to have a…Happy Sunday.

“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

found this picture on Pinterest, but I actually saw my first bald eagle this 4th of July!!

The Worth of Wisdom


If wisdom is worth thinking about, it is worth having. Wisdom goes beyond being smart, intellectual, and/or knowledgeable. Wisdom is the sum total of all of these and yet is only available to those who recognize this fact. The following was gleaned from Psychology Today online:

Wise people generally share an optimism that life’s problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence—if only anyone could figure out exactly what it is—may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn’t sufficient; an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion, and considerable introspection also contribute to its development.

The Bible speaks often and well of wisdom:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1;5 NIV

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, Proverbs 3:13

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; Proverbs 4:5

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10

For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:11

 

And then there is the age old adage: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Whether or not you place much stock in this verse, it is wise to consider the worth of wisdom.

 

What Some Say


Some say, “That’s the way I am and I can’t change.” Don’t you think that’s a very limited way of thinking? We can all change if we really want to…but we have to want to…that is the key. We have to recognize that maybe the way we are is detrimental to our own peace of mind and that the way we are can also be detrimental to our relationships.

After recognizing things about myself that I didn’t like, I set about to change them. Do I think more change is needed? It is always a work in progress.

Scripture is a good place to look regarding changing. Romans 12:2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” that was my beginning many years ago. I took that scripture and ran with it.

Jeremiah 7:5 says, “If you really change your ways and your actions, and deal with each other justly,”…extremely good for mending relationships.

Matthew 18:3 says, “Truly I tell you, unless you change…” and Ephesians 4:23 “ to be made new in the attitude of your minds;”

Of course, there are those who think scripture is not to be believed but I believe it. I know the difference it makes in my life and in that regard, it doesn’t really matter what some say.