Living love, living grace, living forgiveness.
So many inspirations are coming lately about the need to live that spiritual alphabet I’ve mentioned before. So much vitriol circulating around the global atmosphere, from weapons flying to verbal mud-slinging. We talk about pollution from chemicals and such, but we fail to understand how we poison our mental environment. And how paradoxically, it boomerangs. It affects the slinger more than the target.
Most of us are aware even if only subconsciously of the fear and anxiety floating around these days, whether it relates to contagion or the stock market or friction in our own families. It’s rampant. What we don’t realize is the role our thinking plays in maintaining peace, stability, harmony, health and so many other things in our own experience. How protective it can be. But if you look around, there are now plenty of messengers singing this song.
But an article popped into my head recently from the nineteenth century, written by religious leader Mary Baker Eddy to her church members. But I see it as a universally divine message to any and all of us:
“Beloved …, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.
The self-seeking pride of the evil thinker injures him when he would harm others. Goodness involuntarily resists evil. The evil thinker is the proud talker and doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness.”
“What Our Leader Says” by Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 210
I was reminded of this having been moved by a recent broadcast of Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” when her guest was Madonna Badger, the woman who lost her entire family in a Christmas day fire a few years ago here in CT where I live. It was so inspiring to hear her talk about the things that really matter, how much love matters, and how keeping loving thoughts instead of dark negative ones makes all the difference. That apparently is what’s kept her going. Listen to about five minutes of what she has to say in this YouTube video. Worth an entire watch, but the more eloquent and revealing is the one on one with Oprah at the link above.