April 2019 Daily Guides by Rev. Jane Beach |
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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.
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Reader favorite and “Free to Be” columnist, Rev. Jane Beach, invites us to take responsibility for our thoughts and responses and make a choice for a more peaceful existence. Practice makes progress.
Affirmation: I am open and receptive to revealing my good now. I am the instrument of life. My good flows through me with ease and grace.
If I truly want peace in my life, I’m the one who must choose it. I have daily opportunities to opt for peace of mind instead of irritation — traffic, a spilled drink, a flat tire, a cross word. Everyday practice makes it easier to access peace when problems arise, which allows solutions to surface. It’s so easy to fall into “Oh no!” in hard times.
Fear is activated, and my mind starts swirling with everything that can go wrong. This reaction leaves precious little room for positive outcomes. Peace, and the possibilities that come with it, is available if I choose it.
Being peaceful doesn’t mean becoming a doormat. In fact, it often takes grit to choose peace. It may necessitate walking away from people and situations that no longer feel peaceful. This doesn’t mean the other people are wrong, but the person who’s changing — the one who chooses peace — is me.
When I’m upset, I may talk it out with someone I trust, with the intention of healing whatever needs to be healed. Then I get on with living my best life, which doesn’t include gossip or complaint. Instead, with gratitude in my heart, I look for everyday delights, and that’s what I talk about.
The universe responds, bringing me more of what I focus on, including the happiness that comes from peace of mind. As I let go of anything unlike peace, I invite serenity into my life. Choosing peace takes continual practice, and it sure is worth it.
Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.
— Byron Katie
No matter what confusion appears at the surface of your life, there is always a place of calm at the center of your being.
— Ernest Holmes, “This Thing Called You,” page 75