May 2022 Daily Guides by Deborah Perdue, RScP |
The Daily Guides have always been a beloved section of this publication. Each month, new spiritual guidance is imparted by members of the Centers for Spiritual Living communities. It’s lifelong insight you can’t find anywhere but Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine.
Each day brings two quotes from various wisdom teachers, a personal guide from the author’s life and a powerful affirmation.
In case you don’t subscribe, here’s an example of what you’re missing. Religious Science practitioner Deborah Perdue offers her first set of Daily Guides. Perdue is the author of five books on gratitude, and as a self-proclaimed “highly sensitive soul,” her calling is sharing the power of harnessing grateful emotions.
Letting Emotions Come and Go
Affirmation: Like waves in the ocean, I allow my emotions to flow. I am grateful to be one drop in the ocean of God, containing the whole ocean within me.
A big life lesson, which was a great relief to me, is that I don’t need to linger in emotions that don’t feel good. Gratitude shifts me when I let it. I can count on emotions passing — they are fleeting — and so I can watch them float away.
Each dawn is truly a new day. If I’m still grumpy or sad following a down day, my morning spiritual practice of prayer/contemplation/meditation consistently uplifts me to a higher vibration.
An important lesson for me has been to let emotions be revealed, feeling them. When I was younger, I often chose drugs, alcohol and cigarettes to bypass emotions. Since emotions are transitory, I know I won’t get stuck in them, and it is OK and healthy to allow myself to feel whatever it is I am feeling, even the negative emotions — no more spiritual bypassing or substance abuse for me to use to avoid them.
The emotions I prefer to live in are joy, bliss and a deep sense of contentment. The ones I’m tempted to ignore (if I can) are anger, jealousy, envy and a general sense of feeling grumpy and out of sorts.
An important tip (brought home by COVID-19 restrictions) is to accept what is happening, including what I’m feeling. When I accept my feelings, watch them happen and then pass, I know I will rise above them and return to my true God essence.
Today, I feel my feelings with self-honesty. They are just feelings.
— Tama Kieves
Today, I shall not doubt or fear. God within me strengthens me.
— Ernest Holmes, “365: Science of Mind”