Friday, December 24, 2010

I Greet the Christmas Season without Judgment.

With mindful thought, I greet, embrace, and celebrate this Christmas Season with positive expectancy. The Season of Light has three good traditions and I choose to reflect on each tradition without judgment.
1. The traditional Bible story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke serves to remind us of the goodness of the traditional message understood by many people. We can choose to see this tradition with all the songs, colors, and images as good.
2. The tradition of the commercial Christmas with the shopping for gifts and presents for family and friends reminds of the goodness of sharing our abundance with others. This tradition also supports our economy and we can chose to see this as good.
3. The tradition of the metaphysical Christmas affords us an opportunity to reflect on our own inner rebirthing of the Christ. Each character in the Gospel story represents a way for us to resonate with the symbolic meanings of the angels, shepherds, wise ones, etc. We can choose to see this tradition as a reminder that “God is with us” and we are connected deeply to this good Truth.
Hence, as we greet, embrace, and celebrate the Christmas Season, we can call each and every tradition Good. We need not judge one better or worse than another. I believe that we can focus on the Good of each tradition and we will truly experience the rich blessings of this Season of Light.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. - Luke 2: 13-14

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What Makes Us ALL Special.

You deserve to be thanked in a special way. We have selected the best for our Spiritual Community and our guests on Friday, December 3, 2010. The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast attendees will be honored in this Season of Light. We will pray, sing, and enjoy breakfast in a delightful atmosphere. Porter Valley Country Club, Northridge, CA, is a private facility that is offered to non-members for special events. Guests receive the benefit of a trained, conscientious staff that excels in providing the personal attention, professional detail, and exceptional service.

You have made it special for so many children in need with your Toys-for-Tots gifts and giving character all year long. Hence, we feel delighted to welcome you to this day of giving and receiving blessings. You deserve to be thanked in a special way. Enjoy.
Thank you for all attendees and all contributors in the USA and Canada.

“Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all people”…The Bible

Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspiration from a quote about Prayer by Meister Eckhart

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart. Eckhart von Hochheim O.P. (c. 1260 – c. 1327), commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in Thuringia. Meister is German for "Master", referring to the academic title Magister in theologia he obtained in Paris.

I feel inspired by the quote of Meister Eckhart preceding Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010. In a practical way, I made a decision the weekend of November 19-21, 2010, to visit Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend church, attend the fall Toastmasters District 62 Conference, and visit the Woodland Mall Apple Store. The following is my list of practical “thank you”:
  1. Thank you for the Eckhart quote from Unity Church of Peace in Ada, Michigan, and Rev. Jim Ashby.
  2. Thank you to Cindy Pavella, Region 6 Marketing Advisor, and my mentor in Toastmasters International for over ten years.
  3. Thank you to all of the patient and resourceful technical assistants at the Woodland Mall Apple Store. Our new I-phones are a joy to use.
  4. Thank you to all the kind people at the Staybridge Hotel near
    28th Street

Truly, the weekend, the people, the church service have all contributed to the enrichment of life:  my life. I am grateful for everyone and I feel blessed.

In a practical way I give thanks. Who will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”-
1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Intentions

As I think about all of the blessings of the One Spirit, I am reminded to be thankful for the small things and for the larger areas/concerns in my life.  The following are my Thanksgiving gratitudes: 
  • I am thankful for a healthy, happy family.
  • I am thankful for the language of Compassionate Communication.  (thank you Dr. Marshall Rosenberg)
  • I am thankful for the upcoming Interfaith Prayer Breakfast to take place at the Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, California on Friday December 3, 2010. 
  • I am thankful for Unity Church of Chatsworth, all families, all guests, all children, all friends.
  • I am thankful for this new One Spirit Speaks blog.
I feel HAPPY since I have a need to contribute to the enrichment of life for myself, my family and for all other people.  And I have a need to encourage all other people to do the same.

Happy Thanksgiving