It’s Sunday. In the United States, so many of us see this as a day of obligations and duties. Many of us feel we must get to a church service or at least get the children to Bible study. We hurriedly get dressed and get to church and instead of enjoying the service, many of us are distracted by thoughts of the things we can and need to do after we leave church.
Yesterday, I decided to make this particular Sunday an easy-going day for me. I desired a day of replenishing my spiritual well by listening to tales of faith and inspiration from all the communication channels at hand. I planned to watch a marathon of “Super Soul Sunday” episodes, drinking tea along with Oprah and her television guests as they shared stories of gratitude and faith. EWTN, Spanish-language TV and Rome Reports online, make me feel as if I am visiting Latin America along with Pope Francis. I get to see him in real time. This is one of the times I express affection and appreciation for technology.
Technology also gives that little voice in the back of my mind some fuel. You know that little voice, the one that says you should be busy doing something with your time — after all, technology makes it so much easier and faster to do things.
Well, I am embracing the “easy” but letting go of the “fast” today. Self-imposed deadlines be gone. I am doing something. I am being. I give myself permission to just be. How powerful I feel.
Today is a day of being in the present, living in the now. Expressing gratitude for nature and loved ones is my expression of prayer today. I meditate with open eyes as I appreciate the sunshine. An occasional breeze causes a slight wave of the branches and a rustle of leaves. It is as though the trees are nodding in approval. God is speaking to me and I am taking the time to listen.
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Tomorrow marks the Fourth of July, a day of celebration of independence for Americans. Many believe the Declaration of Independence to be one of the most eloquent documents ever written on equality. As we celebrate the day, let us remember the dignity and worth of all human beings.
It says that each of us has certain basic rights that are neither derived from or conferred by the state. In order to discover where they came from, it is necessary to move back behind the dim mist of eternity. They are God given, gifts from his hands. Never before in the history of the world has a sociopolitical document expressed in such profound, eloquent and unequivocal language the dignity and the worth of human personality. The American dream reminds us — and we should think about it anew on this Independence Day — that every man is an heir of the legacy of dignity and worth. — Dr. Martin Luther King about the Declaration of Independence