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Your Monday Muse: On Opening the Door to Progress

Opening the Door In the Bible, Revelations has a passage in 3:8 that reads: “Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.” When I see the phrase “Opening the door” I think of many things. Opening the door to your heart and opening the door to possibilities are two things that immediately pop into my head. And they are both positive ideals. It’s an upbeat and optimistic way of looking at life when we see the doors that were closed may lead to open windows or other doors of opportunity that we never dreamed were possible! The “Daily Word” reflects that life itself is an open door, and we need to embrace the doors that open to us. The mind is often too full and our hearts need to be open to the notion that things we hope and plan for may be just around the corner! Achievements The things that we achieve in life are often surprises even to us. We don’t simply sit and reflect in our daily lives of the things we did manage to achieve. I remember wanting to have markers for achievement when I was younger, and just out of college. But then some things fall apart, or your plans have to be put on hold, and you find that life gets in the way of your grand plans and ideas. But the notion that you did not achieve the things you set out to do twenty years ago does not signify failure. There are many doors open, and as the poem says, the road not taken is one that leads you in a different direction. You do need to think of all you have been able to achieve in life in spite of the setbacks and disappointments that occur along the road. We realize we are made stronger by the things that have shaped us in life, and one thing that signifies achievement is belief in yourself. Against all odds, remind yourself in the quiet times that achievements come in many shapes and forms. That you can believe in yourself and be stronger is a remarkable kind of achievement.  And you will find more fulfillment when you start to reflect on what it means to achieve inner peace and the strength of character you have shaped in your own life. Progress We often hear that progress is slow. The vaunted wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King is often cited when speaking of the progress and victories in Civil Rights. He reflected that the arc of the moral universe is slow, but it bends towards justice. Dr. King was so right about this. When do we get to declare victory in life? We already know the answer….Never can we declare victory when our life is in progress. Progress is always going to be slow, as we face one challenge after the other. But in the journey, as we grow, we know that progress has been made. It may be small green shoots sprouting in different areas in our life. There is a mantra that we close our eyes and can recite, especially in times of turmoil: “All things work together for good for those who love God” and we can use this as our mantra for progress.  The idea is that we do not get to see the “Big Picture” of how the story of our life turns out.  And for those who love their God, when times are dark and we get down, then there is sure to be a light at the end of the tunnel. If we did but know it, we could see progress being made as the arc is bending. Bible Verse: We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 Mantra: I will open the door to the possibilities that enfold in my life. They may have been closed in my mind before, but they will open now. I can reflect on past achievements that were made and I didn’t acknowledge or accept. And I will work on being optimistic in my outlook for the progress that is made rather than the obstacles that are always there in my life.

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Five Easy Mantras: Ways to find focus

All of the mantras listed here have been introduced in our weekly Monday Mojo sessions for our group members to share and to use. The exercises that accompany these all follow the train of thought that comes with each Mantra that we have embraced. They are focused on specific areas in our lives where we may need to reach out for help. At times the help is spiritual, and at times it is support that we need in the here and now. But always, there is a way to focus on what is occurring in the moment and then working to face any fear and doubt with courage and resolve. Mantra #1 This week I will look for a moment of clarity and revelation in some part of my life that needs repair At times the parts of our live that need repair are things that we may have done. Arguments we had, mistakes we make at home or at work may plague us. If there is a lingering or a festering open sore that is running through our daily lives, we need to not simply patch it, but to explore ways to resolve and heal. This comes through silent prayer and meditation at times. And then there are ways to seek help from those who are healers and can guide us to a resolution. We need to look for the moments of clarity, and for light to break through when we need to have a clear mind and an open heart to heal our wounds.  Mantra # 2 Today I will honor the content of my character and those that I admire the most for their strong characters Dr. King spoke of a time in the future when people would look at his children and see through to the content of their characters, rather than to judge them from the color of their skin. When we look through our own skins, and into our hearts, we alone can judge the content of our character. We need to be able to have pride in the decisions we make, and in the paths that we choose in life. They may not lead to large salaries or impressive titles, but Dr. King spoke of a time when God will be the final judge of our characters and will know what is true in our hearts. We can use the strength of those who came before us to realize the dynamic power of truth and goodness and the work we can do to make our lives and the lives of others better each day. Mantra # 3 I am grateful each day for the goodness that surrounds me. I will cultivate joy & practice Gratitude as I recharge in silence to face the world When we look around us, often there is nothing but strife and turmoil and dark news that is shown on our TV screens and seen on the Internet every day. When we look around us, let’s be mindful some days of the good things that surround us. There are people who work to help others, and those who have given us a helping hand in our own lives. We can learn to practice gratitude and to cultivate an attitude not only of gratitude, but one of cultivating joy when we sit back in quiet moments to recharge. We can pledge then to find the things that matter most in our lives and then bask in the joy of the moment.   Mantra # 4 My spirit and my soul within is the all-powerful healer in my life. Each day I will center my thoughts and be aware of the energy I create when I share my time & talents We can do great things when we listen to our inner voice and gather strength that we didn’t know we had! When we find that happy place, and some degree of calm in our own inner sanctum, we can use that spiritual energy as a source to heal and to create great things. We need to be aware of our own powers to create and to move mountains when we focus enough to share that talent. Mantra # 5 I will seek answers to the hardest questions I face when I am still & quiet, in meditation & in prayer. There are times when we need to just be alone and to face the toughest questions that we may have been avoiding. When we find that moment of stillness, in a quiet room or at night when we can gather our thoughts and meditate, then the nature of the problem can take on a new context. There are things we may see, or people we may seek out, and there is wisdom to be had when we realize we are not alone, even in our darkest moments. Mantras that help to motivate you during times of trouble and for even ordinary days will help guide you and keep you focused on the things that matter in your life. Join us for Monday Mojo each week as we discover the value of using the mantras for spiritual guidance and support throughout the year!

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