Friday, May 21, 2010

Mid-Week Guidance

Sometimes we just have to wait. We have to wait for the check to arrive in the mail; we have to wait for the test results; and we have to wait for the way to open before we can know the way to go. Unless your issue is procrastination[1], waiting is one of the harder things to do. Anxiety will rise as we wait. We might feel useless. We might feel scared or worried there will not be enough time, money, energy, or "whatever" to last until the wait time passes.

We've all found ourselves anxiously waiting for one thing or another. The important thing to know about waiting is we create the emotional climate that enfolds it. If our minds are waiting for a better future because we dislike the present, or waiting for the "other shoe to drop" by imagining the worst, it helps to realize our minds are simply trying to fill the gap, to give us answers now before "now" appears. If we accept these ill-fated propositions of the mind, we live in an illusion and we are out of touch of what is really going on. If we are escaping - waiting for our ship to come in -
we miss the opportunities this day presents. And if we fear the future, we are living that imagined reality now even though it may never actualize.

How does one avoid the anxiety of waiting? (1) By bringing the mind back to this moment and realizing the reality of what is actually going on right now; and (2) By finding something to appreciate in this moment, no matter how you are feeling. This practice actually strengthens us and equips us to meet the challenges in life. It keeps us in the only place we ever find God
- the here and now. Through divine order, Spirit works things for good. Find the good in this moment. Make it a habit and you'll never be waiting for your good to show up.[2]

[1] Actually, procrastination makes the waiting harder and the anxiety worse because you only have yourself to blame.

[2] Mid-Week Message by Reverend Donna. May 19, 2010.

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