Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Wine and the Store Cats

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Anne and Spunky

Mary Anne is holding Spunky, a used-to-be feral cat who Mary Anne loved on until he became the mascot of Mary Anne’s Liquor Store. Mary Anne had been telling me about which wines were best for serving at Christmas to compliment the Holiday dinner. However, with Spunky in plain view and me not being an alcohol drinker, our conversation quickly shifted to cats and I discovered an amazing Mary Anne. This woman is a bountiful expression of generosity, patience, and a willing good-spirit.

Almost 20 years ago, Mary Anne bought her business, which is located in the middle of an upstate New York Village. She soon found out feral cats were roaming around town and she began feeding them. When Mary Anne realized there were so many, she started catching them to get them spayed or neutered. One mommy cat was so smart and tricky that Mary Anne could not catch or trap her for years. The mommy cat had 67 kittens before Mary Anne finally caught her to get her fixed. But, in the meantime, the mommy cat trusted Mary Anne enough to touch and talk to her kittens and find safe homes for them all.

Mary Anne works closely with the local Humane Society. Stray and unwanted animals are a problem and much of humanity is making the effort to control the problem as humanely as possible. Ring-a-ling, I am reminded, donating to our local Humane Society’s is a wonderful Christmas gift!

From Science and Health:

“Wine. Inspiration; understanding.”

“Animals and mortals metaphorically present the development of human thought, advancing in intelligence, taking form in neuter, androgynous, masculine, or feminine gender. The birds, which fly above the earth in the open expanse of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above limited concepts to the understanding of the unlimited and divine Principle, Love.”


Zen Kitty’s Neighbors are BIG dogs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbor has a sheep ranch. The sheep are guarded by Pyrenees dogs. They are friendly, yet intuitively know to guard their charges.

Frisco, Lilly, and Maggie are descendants of the large dogs which roamed the mountains of Asia thousands of years ago. French history books claim that this large dog accompanied nomadic tribesmen and their flocks from Asia to the west. In the Pyrenean Mountains these dogs met an environment that caused them to evolve into the burley fuzzy creatures we know today. They were used as company dogs but also as guardian dogs to protect the flocks against predators such as wolves, bears and two-legged human predators. Frisco, Lilly, and Maggie happily guard the sheep at Highland Spring Farm in upstate New York. The sheep produce wool sold at the Highland Yarn Shop.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on us by our heavenly Father-Mother. Omnipotent Mind gives us faith and understanding whereby to safeguard our self, not only from temptation, but also from bodily suffering.”

Technology and a Sharing Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

New technology. Babies born every minute. Earth never stopping.

The forces of expansion and rapid movement are radically transforming society. A void is felt. The pursuit of material wealth is exhausting and meaningless.

The heart looks to religion for meaning.

However, does the religious impulse have more to do with a search for a sharing community rather than for theological dogma or human history?

Forgiveness. One God, good. Not following a religion, but discovering and living it.

From Science and Health, “Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. Happiness is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all humankind to share it.”

A Heart for the World

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our daughter has brought our attention to Moin Khan, born in the United States but raised in Pakistan.

With the bad-rap that Pakistan is getting these days, Moin Khan decided to do something about it.

Under the motto of “A Different Agenda” Moin Khan is traveling the world on his sport bike, with a heart beating for life and good-will. He recently was interviewed by BBC radio and told of his adventure.

Traveling from the coasts of California to New York, without a map, Khan then went to Europe where he eventually met up with our daughter and her boyfriend, who made sure Khan had a warm place to stay the night and some good food.

Khan then drove into Romania, but was hit by an oncoming car. While in the hospital, the car driver came to apologize. The driver were genuinely sorry. Khan forgave instantly, saying, “everyone makes mistakes.” He is healing and will soon be on the road again to reach his goal of Lahore, Pakistan. Khan is seeking donations for his good-will adventure.

Khan is a college graduate but has learned more on his bike, in the world, then in class. Travel broadens the mind, however Moin Khan is helping observers broaden the world’s mind. His example of forgiveness and healing is remarkable.

This reminds me of something I read in 21st Century Science and Health, “When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, ‘Owe, I am hurt!’ Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real. Now reverse the action. Affirm that you are not hurt and understand the reason why. You will then find the resulting good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Mind to be.”

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