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Rev. Carol Saunders' Blogs

Easter Story Characters – History and Metaphysics – Who are you?

By Rev. Carol

Judas betrays JesusEaster is not a spectator sport. Easter is a transcendent event in human history and also a very personal story. I invite you to fully immerse yourself in all of it – Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning. This Easter season at Abundant Life Spiritual Center, we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth and experiencing his decisions, his centeredness in Spirit, his profoundly deep human struggles and his ultimate transformation. We honor Jesus of Nazareth's huge gift to humankind, for he showed us how to live the fully human life. He showed us how to face every human challenge with Love, Non-resistance and Non-attachment, ultimately resulting in the transcendence of death itself. But the Easter story is also our story.

Let It Go

FrozenBy Rev. Carol

Disney’s new animated movie, Frozen, is chock-full of empowering messages with spiritual themes. It also has a surprisingly non-cliché plot line. I’m not intending to review it here, but I sure loved it and was especially inspired by the song sung by Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel), “Let It Go.”

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,
Not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I'm the queen.
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.
Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.

Love

Love treeBy Rev. Carol

It’s here! February – the month of Love.  I know that makes some people cringe, while others go wild with romantic expectancy.  Check where you are on this spectrum, observe it and be curious.  That’s what the spiritual life is all about, after all. This year, let’s put cards, flowers and gifts aside and ponder: “What if we made Valentine’s Day a day of Universal Love?”

 Jesus said, “Love one another.” Sometimes that seems hard, doesn’t it?

He also said, “Love your enemy.”  That seems crazy hard.

A Christmas Season Challenge

imgres-1I have a friend who doesn’t give Christmas gifts. The first time I gave her a gift it was met with gratitude. Then an uncomfortable feeling followed when she explained to me that she didn’t give Christmas gifts. For her, gift-giving had become a source of stress and she just gave it up. Can you imagine? It took me just a few awkward moments to discern how powerful her position was. What if we all took control of the season doing only what feeds our souls and letting go of what doesn’t?  What if we didn’t worry about what people thought about us, and whether we were meeting their expectations? What if we didn’t buy into the frenzy?

As a start, listen carefully for how many times you say to yourself, “I have to get this” or “I have to do this.” It’s pretty revealing.

Silent Unity

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