Friday, March 11, 2011

Getting off the Roller Coaster

WOW! What a roller coaster I've been on! The Integration Conference was amazing -- the two Center for Spiritual Living organizations (United and International) are now one. It was an extremely emotional experience for many of us. I then came home to a week of serious flu & torrential rains. From high to low.

This morning I woke up with the sun shining in my window and felt so much better. I got up feeling high again, only to discover that Japan had had a 8.9 earthquake, setting off a tsunami that was heading for Hawai'i. A really serious tsunami. The image of the wave washing cars, boats, trucks and houses before it as it moved is seared in my mind. My heart went out to the people of Japan. I have a lot of friends in Hawai'i - and even though there hasn't been any tsunami damage in years, in 1960 the whole downtown area of Hilo was destroyed. Another low.


Well, it's true that the one thing we can count on is change. Things change in all sorts of degrees, but they change, and the world around us is never the same. So how do we deal with these highs and lows? I start by taking a deep breath and centering myself. And then I go into prayer and if I'm too frazzled to really feel my prayer, then I like to chant ... and my favorite chant is "Be still and know I am God." This works for me every time.

In the meditations section of the Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes wrote:

"Be still and know that I am God."
I am still in thy Presence.
I am quiet and peaceful, for I put my trust in Thee.
A great stillness  steals over me and a great calm quiets my whole being as I realize Thy Presence.
The heart knows of The, O Most High within.
It is still in Thy Presence, and it puts its whole confidence in Thee alone.  In thy Presence I am still.
And so It is.

No matter what we're going through, "Be still and know that I am God" is an amazingly calming and strengthening prayer.

Blessings to all of us as we move through our world.