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Red Light. Green Light.

Ever feel restless, or grumpy, or anxious about a tough situation you're anticipating? It's a signal that you're not aligned with the greater self, the Christ of you, the divine within. It usually means we're trying to power through the day fueled by personal will and ego, rather than trusting Spirit to act through us, as us. So how do we reconnect with Source? How do we activate God's power and presence in all our affairs? What does reconnecting look and feel like?

Mindfulness:The Movie

Drivers often make stupid choices at the crazy "A"-shaped intersection in front of the church. I understand the mixing and narrowing of lanes where Crawford, Gross Point and Central converge is confusing. All the more reason the massive bright red SUV that cut me off to make a right turn from the left lane on a snow-slick roadway ought to have been more cautious. No time to honk. Thankfully, I braked hard enough, quickly enough, on pavement that was dry enough to avoid colliding.

Dead Birds & Dead Ends

Long story short: Embarrassed that our outdoor Christmas tree was still on display after Valentine’s Day, I paid a neighbor-in-need to clean out a basement storeroom so the tree could be stowed before St. Patty’s Day. The job included re-stacking a sloppily arranged collection of space-devouring plastic bins, one of which contained a pair of dead black birds. Judging by appearance, their accidental transition had transpired many months (perhaps years) ago.
 

Three Rs to Higher Consciousness

It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when many mainstream Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain luxuries as a form of pennance to prep for Easter. Unity’s understanding is subtly and profoundly different. Some of us fast from some pleasurable indulgence or “vice”  (TV? Coffee? Alcohol? Cursing? Sugar?) for physical and psychological benefit. But spiritually, our intention is to raise the vibration of the consciousness we hold. That involves an entirely different type of giving up.

Meta Mechanics

Unity's affinity for metaphysical study is an important component of our teachings. Practically applied, it's a bit like dream interpretation. But instead of analyzing a dream, we study life events for spiritual meaning--meaning that lies beyond (meta) tangible (physical) effects.

Take 5

It's an intense week here at Unity Village -- birthplace of the Unity Movement and home to our ongoing education and prayer work . The "work"  of ministry team meetings, interviewing ministerial students, and writing evaluations is mushed together with the "fun" of networking, random hallway confabs, coffee klatches, and comparing notes and best practices over a meal. Every second contains abundant opportunities to connect with colleagues, to learn, to pray and to grow. 

Shaking Foundations

The structure behind the building where I live is being razed. Most mornings, I wake to a pounding cacophony of demo work, punctuated with shrill, beeping backup alarms. If that weren’t enough to rouse us neighbors, the ground shakes so much my bed shudders with every blow by the earth mover. Truth be told, my first thoughts upon waking lately, have been more condemning than inspiring.

Holy Hacking

My personal email has been hacked for the last time! Based on the counsel of a tech-savvy friend I've deleted all my contacts and opened a new emaill account with a different provider. Gradually, now, I'm rebuilding my contacts in the new address book.

Use It or Lose It

My dining room table seats 12 when fully extended but folds to a two-seater. It’s great. But when it’s folded, the subtlest movement makes the sides bang annoyingly against the legs. It used to have felt pads but they fell off weeks ago. I’ve been meaning to replace them but keep forgetting to buy new ones. This morning while journaling, every stroke of the pen was punctuated by noisy clatter. At first I tried to ignore it. No luck. Then I tried reframing: “This is an opportunity to strengthen my ability to focus.” No go.

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