I like to think the linguistic accident that made “God’s Friday” into “Good Friday” was no accident at all. It was God’s own doing—a sharp, prophetic jab at a time and a culture obsessed by happiness. In the midst of consumerism’s Western playground, Good Friday calls to a jarring halt the sacred “pursuit of happiness.” The cross reveals this pursuit for what it is: a secondary thing.
–Christianity Today writer Chris Armstrong, originally posted 04/18/2003
In the USA, we seem to be so consumed currently with consumerism and materialism. Perhaps we always have been. I think it’s always good to stop and take a breath and think about the spiritual aspect of life. Whether you celebrate Ostara, Easter, Passover, or what-have-you (“day off work day”), you might like to take a moment to regroup and just give thanks for what you’ve got going on.
I need to do that more often.
To relate this back to journaling:
Journaling for Enrichment and the Spiritual Dimension
Looking over the past month (or past week or past day), what signs do you see that a higher force was present in your life, providing support, guidance, protection, or blessings of some kind? Coincidences? People? Books? Nature? Insights or inspirations? Can you learn from them? (“What Have We Learned?”) Or have you noticed a void in your life that needs to be filled, and nothing seems to fit the spirit-sized place? Perhaps it’s time to look for a path. Maybe you don’t have any spirit-sized holes . . . you could journal about that.
Did you find no way to connect with any higher power? Is your higher power “mankind” or “the Earth” or not there? Write about this to explore your feelings, if you want to.
You are the first entity to take care of yourself. You have the power to nurture yourself. Are you doing that (not to the detriment of others)?
Reflect on why you are involved in things that agitate you, and whether they’re really necessary. Can you get out of the situation(s) or cope differently? What could you substitute in order to have a quieter, more peaceful mind?
One way towards finding inner quiet is by sending out positive energy (prayers) (whatever you want to call it.) You’ll find yourself enriched when you send out your blessings and best wishes to people, either verbally or nonverbally/mentally. How can you do this? See what works for you. Why do it? By sending your blessings and good wishes to all the people in your life, both the “friendly” and the “unfriendly,” you take a position of power and increase your connection to others and to the Universe you’re fitted into. When you send out good thoughts and feelings, you reap benefits and receive good things in return. Try it. Did it work? Did you notice anything?
On the BardRoom creative types mailing list, we send out “Bardie Good Thinks” to members and their friends and families when they’re in crisis and ask for help. You might be shocked at how many times Bardie Good Thinks have made a difference. People report feeling lifted up, getting job offers, resolving issues, and getting over crises. It enriches us to have a community in which we all support one another.
Bless the friendly: experiment with ways to send your blessings and good wishes to people you love and like easily. Is it silent prayer? An inner smile? A positive visualization sent their way? Find what works for you, and then write about what happens. (For private use or for public posting.)
Now here’s the challenge. Bless the difficult. Those people we have difficulty with who seem like “enemies” or “adversaries.” Nature sends its blessings to the evil as well as the good. The rain falls on the just and unjust alike. What is the best way to “fix” things? Try sending your blessings and best wishes for the difficult people in your life as well, and see how this affects you and affects the situation. After all, if your higher power can take care of you, maybe your higher power can help the other person, and something might change. Write about what happens.
Or don’t. Sometimes inner reflection can be as useful as outer journaling and sharing.
Whatever works for you. I wish you a peaceful and non-snowy, egg-hunting, bunny-spying, chocolate-eating weekend.