Loving One Another

Archive for April, 2019

Adding Meaning to Your Daily Life


Looking for Greater Meaning

I am always exploring ways to add more meaning to my daily life. Are you?

I want a greater understanding of:

  • who I am,
  • how to decode the world around me
  • what my purpose is here on earth,
  • and how I can live more intentionally to fulfill that purpose.

Do we need to have reached some “state of enlightenment”
in order to decode the world around us?

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In their book, Spiritual Literacy,
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
wrote the following,
“Some traditions do see such understanding as
a gift or ‘awakening,’ but we believe it is a skill
that can be developed.”

Seeing the Spirit Within

“Such understanding” is defined by the Brussats as the ability to decode the world around us by seeing the sacred in everyday life. They suggest that we look to see the working of the Holy Spirit in our common activities: cooking, eating, working, walking, listening, visiting, praying … Recognize the Spirit moving in our lives through encounters with places, things, people, nature, and animals. Know that the message of the Holy Spirit personifies the greatest commandment: Love One Another. Cultivate the ability, the skill, to tune into the Spirit within you.

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Loving Unconditionally

Loving One Another unconditionally is made possible by our ability to see the divine in one another. When we value each other’s gifts, when we see every other human being  as a Child of One Creator, then we are better able to respond to the Spirit within us.

In his foreword to Spiritual Literacy, Thomas Moore wrote, “It’s odd that after thousands of years of great spiritual example… we have to remind ourselves that spirituality is to be found in everyday life.”

Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy

The Brussats created an Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy with pointers on how certain practices can spell greater meaning in our daily lives.

I have an affection for using the alphabet as a stimulus for positive thoughts. I wrote an A-Z series last year on the subject, “What Makes Me Happy?” It was the start of my 180 consecutive days of blogging here at JanBeek.

So, I am naturally attracted to the Brussat’s Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy. I intend to use it as a new A-Z series here on JanBeek. In so doing, I hope to encourage you, my readers, to cultivate a spiritual vision while keeping an eye on the secular world. I hope to learn with you how we can unite our world views with our spiritual views. Wake up our Spiritual Literacy!

Restore Lost Bonds

I don’t want to live in La-La Land. I don’t want to experience a broad, impenetrable chasm between my social and my spiritual life. Thomas Moore explained that the Brussat’s purpose in writing Spiritual Literacy was to “restore lost bonds between spirit and matter, body and mind, church and home, work and prayer.”

I want my secular and spiritual lives to be in alignment. Do you?

Joint Effort

Let’s explore together ways to add more meaning to our daily lives, ways to decode the world around us, ways to live more intentionally to fulfill our purpose. Okay? Are you with me?

Let’s begin with A.

Tomorrow.

A = Attention

How Would You Answer These Questions?


“What is the one aspect of your life… that you wished [people] understood better?”

The answer this presidential candidate gave was so honest, so transparent, and spoken with such elegance, it made me wonder if I was faced with that question on national television (or just here on WordPress), how would I respond?

How would YOU respond?

I am not familiar with that articulate candidate’s name. I think it starts with a K. Do you know her?

If you are a USA citizen, are you listening to the Presidential Town Hall discussions?

Mental health vs physical health treatment is a part of the discussion.

“The scourge on our country” – waiting lines for veterans to get mental health help, and the number of suicides among veterans is such an important subject. How would you deal with it if you ruled the world?

What are the issues that matter most to you?

What are you doing about those issues?

The aspect of my life that I wish people understood better is:

  • I am not who I used to be
  • I am not who I am going to be
  • I am a work in progress

Please don’t judge me by my past, nor confine me to a predetermined path for my future.

Our Presidential Town Hall forums are a great way to see the people running for our USA President –

How is breaking up big businesses like Google & Amazon good for me?

Did you listen to the answer Elizabeth Warren gave to that question?

How would you answer it?

What are some other questions that are important to you? This young man asked,

How can I know you’ll back legislation that keeps our law enforcement safe?

Along with that answer, the issues of racial discrimination and gun safety and universal background checks were raised.

What other questions/subjects are important to you?

How can we know who would be the best candidate, the most effective next president? How do we know our vote will count anyway?

How is our Democracy going to proceed through all of this?

Where is my “Loving One Another” in all this?

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Be Led, Not Driven


On this Monday following Easter, I am revisiting some of my old blogs.

The emergence of spring in the air and the “drive” to get some spring cleaning done has me reflecting on life and its purpose.

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Some of my newer followers may not have seen this thoughtful post. Please click below and contemplate with me this idea:    via Be Led, Not Driven

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Easter Reflections


I found these reflections to be quite interesting. I didn’t know some of those symbolic origins. I hope you’ll enjoy this repost.

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Joy at Easter


Easter is a time of joy.

Of course it is! It’s the day of “Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” We sang at Sunrise service (even though it was a rainy day and we couldn’t see the sun), and we went to church and sang joyfully there.

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But in addition to its spiritual meaning, Easter has a social meaning, too. It is a family day. In my family, when I was growing up in central California, USA, it always was a day my sister and I got to wear pretty new dresses with shiny new shoes. We had an Easter egg hunt. We gathered with relatives for a sumptuous dinner of ham with pineapple and scalloped potatoes with cheese, lots of different vegetables, and a variety of home-made desserts. Aunt Angie’s Easter pie with a hard-boiled egg hidden in the enter of it was always part of the offerings. We played with our cousins. It was a day to look forward to and a day to remember.

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In my world today, the pretty new dresses are not a part of the celebration. Wool pants and a cozy sweatshirt was the way to block out the Montana cold. The shiny new shoes gave way to boots to keep my feet dry. No Easter egg hunt in pouring down rain!

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But the part that hasn’t changed is the family gathering. It may not have been aunts and uncles and cousins. We didn’t have Aunt Angie’s Easter pie. But we had my granddaughter, Hope, and her husband Drew, and their almost two-year-old, my great-grandson, Xander. They joined us at church and stayed for the church ham dinner potluck afterward. What a joy! Look at how Xander is growing!

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And we had our grandson, Chris, with us. If you have been following my blog, you met Chris earlier when he came from Switerland late last year and decided to go unshaven for awhile and be a “Montana Mountain Man.”

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Well, look at him now! He’s been at the Anaconda Job Corps since last February and is studying to be a heavy equipment mechanic. He’s taken off 30 pounds (with exercise and careful food intake) since he arrived in the USA last Thanksgiving. He’s feeling fit – and looking happy. What a wonderful Easter gift it was to have him with us this weekend!

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Easter IS a time of JOY. It looks different at different times of our lives, but with God and family as the focus, it always is a time to thank Jesus for His wonderful gift of love. It’s a time to shout “Hosannah! Hallelujah! He is risen indeed!”

Happy Easter!
How did you spend your day?

 

Sing to the Lord


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Easter morning’s here

It is a great time to sing

Let your voices ring!

Happy Easter!

Be Flawed and Quirky


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Be the flawed person,
The quirky, unique person,
God made you to be

You are magical
When you exhibit beauty.
Butterflies emerge!

Hope of Easter


Today began with a Good Friday greeting.
It was a good morning –
-and a good afternoon
-and a good evening, too.

Did you begin with a Good Morning on Good Friday?

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I hope your day was as special as mine.
After my Writers’ Group,
I attended our women’s group at church.
Then I came home and prepared the dinner
of ham and scalloped potatoes
that we enjoyed this evening with our grandson.
This evening we picked him up from his
Job Corps program and brought him
home for Easter weekend.
What a joy to have him here!

It’s late now … and I am ready for bed,
but I wanted to say Thank You.
Thank you for sharing this Good Friday
with your WordPress readers
and fellow bloggers.

Thank you for being part of the folks out there
who “Walk the Talk.”

May your Silent Saturday be meaningful
as you contemplate what that day
must have been like for
Christ on the cross.

Good Night!
See you tomorrow.

Wisdom Lives On


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Maya Angelou
Was our Poet Laureate
Her wisdom lives on

Today’s Good Friday
A day to remember Christ
Gave more than His best

He gave us His all
That we’d have Eternity
There’s no greater gift

Live in His wisdom
Accept His wonderful grace
Now we know better

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Retold: Maundy Thursday — Andrea Skevington


As we approach Easter, I’ll share with you retellings and prayers that might help you in your preparation, and might be useful for faith communities to share. Today, we’ll look at the time when Jesus knelt before his followers to wash their feet, and gave them a new commandment – to love each other. The […]

via Retold: Maundy Thursday — Andrea Skevington

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