Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Difference Between Sleep and Rest

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How is your day?

Did you sleep okay last night?

When I get a good night’s sleep, I ask myself, why? What did I do differently? I search the internet for clues. This morning, I came across an mnn webpage about insomnia, I found something I could relate to—the image of the guy reading the book.

In bed, my husband reads the Bible (or books on spirituality) out loud to me while I rest. And I believe it helps me with my sleeping.


From 21st Century Science and Health, “A person may say that indigestion, fatigue, and insomnia cause distressed stomachs and aching heads. They will consult their ever-re-wiring brain in order to remember the troublesome cause when the remedy lies in forgetting the earthbound experiences…

“Genesis 2:2. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished and can never impoverish the divine Mind. As understood in divine Science, no exhaustion follows the action of this Mind. The most satisfying and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.”


What About Punishment?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I remember one day I was hot and tired, making dinner in the kitchen while the children were running around me playing. A daughter stopped and asked me a question—an abstract question that required genuine effort to wrap my brain around before giving her an answer that didn’t generate forty-two more questions.

I answered calmly. She accepted my answer and flashed back to her playing. I stood there briefly in slight amazement. “Wow, I really had a lot of patience on that one,” I thought. Then I thanked God.


The patience came from God. I was not in the mood to be patient and yet it was there.

Then it dawned on me. God is constantly pouring out patience and other good experiences because God is good.

If I refuse to accept the goodness, I am only punishing myself.

So, all this stuff about God punishing us for our sins is backwards. Sin is self-punishing, self-destructive. God on the other hand, can’t take away good. God can’t take away our rights to health and purpose and strength. God gives goodness and we can accept all this goodness.



Zen Kitty and Our Week

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This next week is more hectic than normal.

A visitor came yesterday.

There is more noise in the house.

So, I’m taking some time-out to reflect.

The noise can’t disrupt our connection to the divine.

Tips for peace:

Listen. Share. Let them appreciate your soft fur.

We don’t need to compete in our conversations. We don’t need to eat fancy food. Getting to know each others spiritual qualities is a good time.

Zen Kitty



Dean Potter Walks the Rope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Daredevil Dean Potter is making headline news for his slackline rope walk over an impressive canyon in China. Opinions aimed at his achievement run high and wide.  Opinions point at Potter and say he is reckless, fearless, or a showoff. Ironically, opinions about human beings never hit the mark. They just fall to the ground.

When I watched Dean Potter walk the rope, I thought, Yep, another reminder that the impossible is possible. Then I wondered, What kind of music was he listening to?


From21st Century Science and Health, “If record breaking performers believed it impossible to accomplish spectacular events, they could never do it. Their belief that they can achieve gives their thought forces, called muscles, their flexibility and power which the unscientific might attribute to adrenaline or genes. Fear must disappear before the power of putting resolve into action can appear.”


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