January 26th, 2009 by Marcia
I’m a do-er. I’m good at doing. I’ll make goals and lists and I go after those goals and lists with ferocity. As a spiritual person, I also take time to “be.” However, that “be” time is really “catch as catch can.” There was no routine to it, but rather a haphazard checking in with God. Many days, I would be at my computer all day and my dog had to come and tear me away from the computer, to remind me to stretch my legs (and his!).
One day, I just stopped. I stopped myself in my tracks as I heard a voice inside me say, “Surrender.” Just surrender, Marcia. Stop and listen to your Spiritual Self.
So I did. I realized that if I continued to follow the steps and actions I had been taking, that I would probably get the same results. Even though the steps might have worked for someone else, they weren’t working for me. And there was a reason. Or more than one reason. And I wanted to figure it out.
So I turned to Spirit. I got silent. I decided to make listening to God a priority.
Stop What You’re Doing and Listen to God
Uh oh, I’ve used the G- word, so now I need to have that conversation and explain what I mean. To many of you, it is obvious. You already talk to God in your own way, and it’s part of your daily routine. For some others, though, you may not like the word God. If that’s the case, I’d like to suggest that this word can be replaced with whatever word you use for your connection, with a capital C, to Source. To something greater than you, to the energy that makes you feel part of the Universe. To some, this is the feeling they get when they’re in Nature and that is how they commune with Spirit. For others, it’s through the deep connections they have with family, with their pets and animals, or with a newborn baby. It’s what invokes wonder, awe, connection, beauty and brings one to a feeling of peace and contentment. At least, those are some definitions of what your spiritual self can be.
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Too Many Skip This Crucial Step
I, like so many, thought I was doing all my “doing” from a spiritual foundation. I thought I was in connection with God all the time, and would have moments during the day when I would make conscious contact through prayer, or expressing my gratitude to God for everything, and yet, I was not in balance. I had my priorities in the wrong order.
The first thing I did each day, after making sure everyone had their breakfasts, was to turn on my computer. I’d begin the email checking, and the day would roll on from there. I made a decision to not turn on the computer, until after having a little quiet time with God. At least most days, this is what I shifted to. I’m not saying this is how you should structure your day. I’m just saying that once I made a shift in priorities, things began to transform positively.
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