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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/01/18

You may have heard the phrase “What you resist persists.”  But saying ‘yes’ to whatever life presents does not feel like the best way to live. Wednesday evening, during Winter Feast for the Soul, we had a very philosophical discussion about whether humans have to suffer or not.  The Buddhist perspective is that suffering comes from non acceptance of what is. So . . . . . that means I am supposed to accept whatever is happening?  Hang in here with me. 

It may be a thought, an emotion or a situation, but the bottom line is when I want things to be different than they are, I am resisting or pushing against what is, which causes suffering.  Most of the time it is not the experience itself that causes the pain and suffering, but the pushing against or resisting that causes the most suffering.  So, how does that happen?  I am conditioned from a  very young age to categorize my experiences as good or bad, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable.  When I label things as bad or undesirable, I have a harder time not pushing against them and allowing feelings to flow through me. 

 There is really nothing wrong with feeling sad or mad or scared unless my mind tells me it is wrong.  A typical conversation in our mind might be, “What’s wrong with me?  When is this going to go away?”  Then through habit, we will find something outside of ourselves to blame the feeling on – the girl friend, the job, our parents, the weather. 

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.” The grandson asked him, “Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?” The grandfather answered: “The one I feed.”

Join us on Sunday morning as we begin diving into the messages Jesus wanted to share with his disciples and others who heard him speak.  His message contained the process to feeding the loving compassionate part of our heart.  We will also have, Artist of the Spirit, James Nihan joining us with special music.

Seeing the light in everything,

Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Daydreams 02/22/18

It was Lao Tzu who said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  Although the journey we are on may feel like a thousand miles, whether we are tall or short, young or old, rich or poor, the journey of a lifetime is only 18 inches.    

Unity of Music City has been focusing on the journey from our head to our heart  for the month of February and have found the journey to be a bit deceptive.  Depending on our families, religions, communities, or what happens as we live our lives, the journey can take a day, a month, a year or a lifetime.  This journey is a shift from “logical thinking” to the intuitive wisdom of the heart.  Sometimes when we think we have the journey complete, another situation wakes us up to the possibility that I still have miles to go.   

The old ways of thinking are no longer enough to meet the needs of our transforming world.  Based on “The New Normal,” it’s time for an evolutionary Quantum Leap in consciousness.  Sunday we will discuss one of the most profound shifts possible:  The shift from living our lives based on the way our minds see the world –  “Seeing is Believing,” to living our lives based on the way our heart with our mind senses the world – “Believing is Seeing.” 

When we move from just our heads to the marriage of our heads andhearts we are equipped to better embrace and respond to whatever comes.  Then, and only then, do we become the Heart of Humanity. 

Using our Journey as a Wake Up Call,Rev. Denise