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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Brides Cooking

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s been “Brides Cooking” all over again at our house. Thirty years ago, I pumped out what is famously known as brides cooking. Now, my husband has been doing a lot of the cooking and we’ve been eating some interesting meals. The other night for dinner, we sat down and I looked at my plate and remarked, “Wow, you’re getting rather proficient.”

Timing is a nuisance for my husband. The meatloaf will be finished half an hour before the pasta and the salad will be remembered tomorrow. But, alas, we can eat in stages.

So, the other night, for the main fact that the piece of ham, the biscuit, and the corn on the cob was pretty much done at the same time, was remarkable. I cut the biscuit in half and put the slice of ham in the middle with mustard, since mustard was on the table.

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Picking up this cute little sandwich was a mistake. The biscuit fell apart. After a bite, I realized why, baking powder and salt don’t always hold units together. I finished it with a fork. My husband tried to glue his biscuit together with honey. It was a mess.

Because we are cheap, if the food is anywhere close to edible, we will eat it. Another oddity (and I have no idea where my husband got the notion that old-fashioned, 3-minute, oatmeal must be added to almost everything), is that uncooked oat flakes should get mixed in with everything from green beans and taco filling. But, just as my husband endured my brides cooking, I too will endure. And, we will get a good laugh in the meantime.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Gentle words, and an unselfish attention to detail in what promotes the success of your spouse, will prove valuable in prolonging one another’s health and smiles. Don’t practice stolid indifference or resentment. Remember, a simple heartfelt word or deed is powerful enough to renew the romance.”

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Arguing on the side of the divine

posted by Cheryl Petersen

What is the material world without thought?

It is thought that brings to light, with great rapidity, many useful wonders in the world. Intuitive leaps of understanding give impulse to inquiry and a spiritual cause is considered. Consciousness turns from matter to divine Mind as the cause of every effect, and physics based logic slowly yields to the science of metaphysics. In this revolutionary stage, physics will challenge metaphysics, even in the form of semi-metaphysical systems.

The Science of divine Mind interprets spiritual Being. Scientific metaphysics has its own set of principles and arguments, untouched by, and unmixed with, physical laws or the human mind’s arguments. Arguing on the side of omnipresent divine Mind prevents a mental practice from being “divided against itself.” (Matt. 12:25, Mark 3:25, Luke 11:17)

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This is an excerpt from the abridged chapter, Science of Being, from 21st Century Science and Health.

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Spiritual Obesity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The trend of obesity has been broken down analytically. Although it appears to be a stubborn problem, most people admit an attitude change, a lifestyle change, and hard work, can reverse the epidemic.

That one extra bite at a meal can turn into one less bite at meals.

Sadly, some people don’t even know they are overweight. The added weight makes them feel bigger, more substantial.

Binge eating is also problematic. The habit wreaks havoc with minds and bodies.

Doctors have even theorized about socially contagious obesity. Unwittingly, a group of people eat too much together, as if it’s acceptable or normal, when in fact everybody becomes lethargic, unable to get around as well, or unable to do as much. Their minds are on food, not work.

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It struck me to see a parallel between physical obesity and spiritual obesity.

Whether through words, books, pictures, prayer, or meditation, we take in spiritual truths.

Am I burning the spiritual truths I take in?

Am I using the spiritual truths I absorb?

Or, do I savor one, or two, or three, too many bites of spiritual truths, as if they are delicious bites of chocolate cake, and do nothing with them?

Am I socializing with a clique of people who adore and relish words, books, pictures, prayer, or meditation?

Where is my mind? On food, or some lifestyle routine, or on living God?

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Baker Eddy Saw Outside of Herself

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With her delicate, impressive, poetic features, Mary Baker Eddy seemed the embodiment of the modern evangelist as Renaissance woman. This 19th century figure was turned to for answers regarding God and healing by people who became her followers. At the prime of her career, Eddy had sacrificed her own work for the good of her followers by becoming manager of a Church she established, rather than its chief scientist.

colorful facesEddy managed to foster an atmosphere of unusual freedom. Her church resonated with a romantic, palpable sense of magic. As a leader of a people who were solemn, egocentric, and difficult, Eddy behaved with motherly sensitivity. She mustered managerial skills that no one, including herself, previously knew she possessed.

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Friends and family knew her as fragile, privileged, and sheltered. Her childhood didn’t prepare her for a world full of callous bitter things. She had no normal, healthy way to be offended. Her apprehension of “the power of pride” and the “pride of power” was partly responsible for her circumspection. She wrote a Church Manual, hoping followers could interpret her words outside their own agenda and favoritism.  With an uneasy personal life, she was only saved from herself by the sheer power of her spirituality and, for brief time at least, the world’s need to employ it.

After her death, church members began to find out the limits of their power. In the end, they had little control over the consequences of their work. They pursued the unknown world of divine Mind, because it was there, but ventured into a world filled with moral ambiguities, if not pure absurdity. Rifts between marginal leaders turned into chasms, however the spiritual truths promulgated by Eddy continued to be understood and practiced, even by people outside her church.

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Spirituality and healing is alive and well. Thinkers are thinking for themselves. God is being worshiped and turned to as a power of Love and Truth. We are experiencing improvement.

Spirituality, scientifically approached, accompanied the 21st Century into existence. Today, every city, town, and hamlet has some form of outlet for spiritual learning. We read in 21st Century Science and Health, that although Eddy and the ideas in her book may be temporarily abused by means of neglect or idolatry, she did indeed still predict that “the Science and truth therein will forever remain to be discerned and demonstrated.”

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