Minister's Message

Hello Friends,

   Summertime, and the livin’ is easy!  At least I hope it is for you!  Summer invites us to get outside and take in some great Vitamin D from the sun.  It invites us to connect with our neighbors in a way that the shorter days don’t give us.  It invites us to take some time to read a good book.  It invites us to just breathe!

   A lot of the memes that have been showing up on Facebook for me recently have had to do with being truly present to the moment. 

   One said, “The practice of staying present will heal you.  Obsessing about how the future will turn out creates anxiety.  Replaying broken scenarios from the past causes anger or sadness.  Stay here, in the moment.”

   Another said, “Be where you are.”

   Yet another one that speaks to that is, “What if today we were just grateful for everything.” 

   Also, “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” — Abraham Maslow

   Our power to live our best life is to stay present to this moment.  When we fret about the past, we bring worry and pain into a moment that otherwise would not be filled with angst.

   When we worry about the future, we pre-pain in the present moment, even though the thing we are worrying about isn’t happening in this moment, except for in our minds.

   Allow this season to remind you to be present, now.  To breathe.  To be grateful.  To connect.  To enjoy whomever you are with fully.  To become as a child. 

   “Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.” — Jean de La Bruyère

   May this summer you discover wonderful blessings in the present moment!

 

With Great Love,

Sue Baggett-Spears
Minister, Unity of Springfield