Looking at the One in the Mirror

I was thinking about how easy it is to look at life… through my eyes, and forget to ask myself, how is (she/he) someone else seeing or experiencing this.  I am clear that I choose to help  make the world a better place and my heart is definitely in it.  What is not as clear to me at all times is —  how congruent my head and heart are.  Life often reminds me that it is prudent to start on a moment by moment basis. As a Science of Mind Practitioner for 28 years and 16 of those years as a New Thought- Ancient Wisdom teacher, coach and minister, my intention has been to be a loving and beneficial presence on the planet.  I am dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others; in service to God and those that Spirit brings to me for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime.  Sometimes all that is needed is a prayer or”an encouraging word.” Other times they need to share their thoughts and feelings and they just want me to listen.  Many times they need spiritual tools and guidance.  Most of the time everyone needs to feel loved and cared about and then I have to release them to be themselves without the weight of any of my expectations.  That was tough for me to integrate fully.

Recently, I read this in “Heaven Letters.”

“Are you aware of how tightly you hold on to what is not yours to hold on to? Are you trying to hold people to you. Are you trying to keep them in

place. But people are travelers in their own lives. They rest when they rest, and they move on when they move on. Are you trying to keep them by the force of your will?  Why… they are their own being. They are playing a part in your life as they will, on stage one moment, off the next.”

“People in your life are like dance partners. They dance as they will. You do not try to hold them or make them dance only the dances you dance. They bow in and out of your life anyway. You might as well set them free.

There have certainly been times when I have held on too tightly and there have been times when I have given the impression that I just don’t care, when I do. Perhaps too much! Sometimes I struggle to find an inner balance when it comes to my loved ones. I love deeply and I want to be encouraging and appreciative without taking it all so seriously. No one else, in my life, holds the measure of my worth, yet there were times when I believed it was the truth.  Have you ever felt like that?

Sometimes… I just need to share an encouraging word with the one in the mirror.

Know that you are loved!

Blessings, Rev. Barb

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