Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Better Habits

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Somewhere along the line of my education I learned not to take everything at face value. I started asking for second opinions so to speak, or I take the time to research issues that need improvement or healing in my life. Because change is happening and I am confident God designed what I interpret as a change for the better.

I realized prayer to the God of Christian Science serves me well.

We can ask: Am I going down an unpleasant road? Do I have to agree with the bad prognoses? Am I on the verge of over-eating, biting my nails, or denying an addiction?

Then, with honesty, we can ask God for the strength to start better habits. We can discover an active, wise, humble God along with the strength to transform our routines. We can take short walks instead of over eat or sit on our hands, instead of bite our nails, or admit a habit that promotes wellbeing to our self and others.

Daniel 6:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.

Zen Kitty and Memory

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Venus and Richard

I’ve never read scientific studies on memory, mainly because I don’t read human words. Sure, it would be great if a potent memory could be bottled and taken when needed. Only problem is, when the bottle cap is removed, the odor released is heady with controversy. What is it that increases or maintains a good memory? Sleep? Brain exercises? Supplements?

I am a cat. I keep it simple. Life teaches me that love boosts memory and keeps it strong. For example, year 2010, Venus came to live with me for a few months. We played and played. Then she moved to France for over a year. Well, Venus came back last week!

I remembered her instantly and we started playing as if we hadn’t stopped. Why?

Because we love each other.

 

From Science and Health, “Contradict the affirmations of delusion, such as, “I am losing my memory.” No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, and harmonious in every action. Let the perfect example be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light and brings the divine Love, Life not death, into your consciousness.”

Women’s History Forges Ahead

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In the United States, the innovation, bravery, courage, and determination of women are being celebrated during March’s Women’s History Month, to ensure a collective progressive attitude toward women. Circa 1792, Mary Wollstonecrafts wrote a book called, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” It was the beginning of a long battle.

In 1893, New Zealand granted women suffrage on the national level. Australia followed in 1902, but American, British, and Canadian women did not win the same rights until the end of World War I.

Modern women reflect on History, for example, Linda Wilson, upstate New York resident, recalls Eleanor Roosevelt, Inez Cole, and Caperton Preston, saying, “These women don’t inspire me in a specific way to ‘do’ something specific in life. Rather they inspire my realization that women can forge their own path,” says Linda Wilson, who was reared during the 1940’s and 50’s when women were seen primarily as wives-mothers-nurses-teachers. “Women should never let a cultural norm prevent them from taking a path that runs against the cultural grain.”

Wilson not only described to me the accomplishments of Roosevelt, Cole and Preston, but also added a funny side-note related to Preston, showing women are noteworthy yet practical loveable human beings.

At the age of 88 years, Miss Preston had the physique and posture of a young woman. Miss Preston also taught Linda the word “jackass.” Linda was 5 years old at the time and during a dance class, Miss Preston protested, “Point your toe, you jackass!” Linda went home delighted with the new word and called her mother a jackass. Her mother asked Linda where she learned such language. “Miss Preston,” the child answered. Linda received a spanking for lying and she began crying. When Linda’s father came home, the story came out. Her dad replied, “Linda isn’t lying. That is how I learned that word.” Linda’s dad had taken ballroom dancing from Miss Preston as a teen. He accidentally tripped Caperton and she fell to the floor and said, “Get me off this floor, you jackass!”

The mental landscape of equality still needs leveling and developing, but we can do it.

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