Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Keeping your soul alive in tough times
Altered Postcard by Lani
"50 Tips for Keeping Your Soul Alive in Tough Times"
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
We all have roots in the past and branches reaching for the future. Use the wisdom of your ancestors to help you enjoy the whole experience of being alive.
Let animals be your spiritual teachers. They have plenty to show you about love, patience, and being yourself.
God the Creator loves artists. Feel free to express your creativity at home and at school.
The soul appreciates beauty and will see it in some pretty surprising places. Relish all its discoveries.
Listen to your body when it speaks to you. Remember it is a temple of God, and take good care of it.
Banish boredom from your life. There is always something interesting to be seen, felt, or made known.
Be a caretaker in your world. The Earth needs looking after and as a child of God, this is one of your responsibilities.
The soul flourishes when you share your adventures with a community. You are connected to others in more ways than you think!
Don't compare who you are or what you have to anybody else. In God's scheme of things, each of us is unique and totally irreplaceable.
Your soul is compassionate. Allow your deep feelings for others to move through your words and deeds.
We all encounter many little deaths before our last day. Study the lessons in these experiences, and they will help steady you.
Keep a diary. It is one of the best ways of honoring your spiritual journey — the sights you've seen and the people you've met.
Pay attention to your dreams. They can be spiritually revealing. Try to unravel the images in your dreams and see how they unfold in your waking life.
Seek out men and women to guide you on your journey who show by their lives that aging is a blessing and not a burden.
Never put down the enthusiasm of another person, and don't allow anyone to do that to you. Your excitement and commitment are very precious resources.
Engage in a regular spiritual exercise program by praying, meditating, and reading sacred texts. But don't show off your spiritual muscles.
Explore the wider world of other cultures and different spiritual traditions. It's amazing how much you can learn.
Trust in God's love of you, and fear can never build a fortress in your heart.
The saints have a secret: they give all their attention to whatever task is right in front of them. Stay focused and live in the moment.
Forgiveness begets forgiveness. Once you've accepted the forgiveness of God, it's your turn to forgive others — no matter how much they've hurt you.
Have and be a good friend. Friendship teaches us about sharing, tolerance, and loyalty.
Every day be sure to give thanks for all the gifts you have received from God and others. Do it at every meal and in between, too.
Happiness usually comes in small doses. The secret of happiness is to be pleased with what you have and not to always be wanting what other kids have.
Be an angel for others whenever you can. Angels have been there for you when you've needed them. Keep the gift moving.
Be welcoming. Create an open house in your heart for all peoples and things, especially those that are different and strange.
Find ways to spark your idealism. Put it into action, and it will become an eternal flame.
Trust your intuition. By tapping into your inner voice, you'll learn what makes you special and develop your character.
Joy animates all deeply spiritual souls. Plug into this divine energy, and the lights will never go out.
Believe that justice can be achieved. Whenever you get angry at injustice, remember that you stand on the shoulders of prophets and whistle blowers who put their lives on the line for what they believed in.
It is always worth the effort to try and do the right thing. That is how we give our lives meaning.
The ways of the Spirit are mysterious. In a world created by God, we're all detectives looking for clues.
Notice those moments when you feel brand new inside. Cherish and encourage that feeling in others.
Will this turn out okay? Will that person like me? Worrying about outcomes can stop you from acting in the first place. Give up worrying, and just do the best you can.
Playing around is a good and holy thing. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise. God loves people who can have fun.
Everybody needs a little pat on the back to keep going. Be lavish in your praise of others.
Treasure your privacy and times alone. Silence is an oasis for your soul.
Relationships are workshops for spiritual discovery. Classes start in the home and continue in school. Some courses may have to be repeated. Be loving and kind, and you'll graduate with honors.
Taking risks is essential to spiritual growth. You need to test your principles and find out what you are made of.
Rituals feed the soul. Plan celebrations regularly to count your blessings and express your commitments.
Make good use of the spiritual resources that are available as sources of strength, renewal, and transformation. They may be books, people, hard times, or breakthroughs.
Cultivate self-esteem. This is inner wealth that makes you feel rich all the time. And no one can take it from you.
Those times in your life when you come upon one thing while looking for another are magical moments of grace. Notice them.
Share the spotlight with others. God appreciates solos, loves duets, and rejoices in choruses.
Don't travel too fast — you may miss the best sights along the way. That goes for everything from walking to eating to studying.
Look for a soulmate. Life is wonderful when you have someone with whom you can share your deepest secrets, fears, and pleasures.
Faith and hope will always help you get through the day. Don't make them ride in the backseat. They are soul-savers who belong up front where they can see the road ahead.
Turn away from those who walk all over your soul. They'll never give you what you deserve or need.
Spirit speaks through stories, movies, novels, paintings, cartoons, drama, and dance. Our souls are nourished when we pay attention.
Don't ever hold back your tears or laughter. They are expressions of your soul.
Keep wonder alive in your life by seeing the world with fresh eyes.
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