Sunday, April 25, 2010

Unshakable FAITH - Do you have it?

This month, the affirmation for the intenSati class I was taking with Lisa Van Ahn, talked about "unshakable FAITH." I like to think I have it, but evidence shows me that my "unshakable" FAITH has a foundation made mostly of shifting sand and not strong stone, as I would like. It is something I am working on: holding onto FAITH regardless of "evidence" to the contrary. I try to make sure I hold onto thoughts which support my vision of how I want to live my life, primarily as someone who is loving and giving. As the mother of four, that FAITH is tested constantly!

This recent work in progress has made for some interesting discussions, primarily with my son. The other morning he woke up very tired and very crabby and declared it was going to be a shitty day. I gently reminded him only if he believed it to be true, which, obviously he did. He had very strong FAITH about what horrible day it would be and nothing would deter him. So much so, that he yelled at me for my "positive mood" crap. I was also resolute in my FAITH that his attitude would not impact my day. I did as best as I could.

This example is just a garden-variety every day type of FAITH. At Lisa's class the other day, she told an incredible story of FAITH despite strong evidence to the contrary. The person she talked about was her own mother. Now, I have seen her mother at several of Lisa's classes moving and shouting with gusto. So I was truly shocked and moved to tears as Lisa told the story that her mother, Beth Pederson, had been wheelchair bound not soon after being diagnosed in with Multiple Sclerosis in 1990. That diagnosis does not usually lend itself to optimism or unshakable FAITH. But Beth never wavered in her unshakable faith that God would heal her. Nor did her community at her church. Seeing Beth in class is truly inspiring and a great testament to holding on to that "unshakable FAITH" - NO MATTER WHAT.

You can hear her incredible and miraculous story of healing here.

The date of the interview is 04/13/10

Do you have "unshakable FAITH"? And if so, FAITH in what? Because we all believe something and that something is what guides our lives, for better or worse. What type of FAITH do you choose?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Welcome to Who-ville!

My first post as a Mindful Warrior!

I have learned that if you stop whining and are open to listen, God or the Universe or whatever you choose to call a supreme being, will talk to you. This time the message came loud and clear courtesy of my T.V. and Gray's Anatomy. Without rehashing the episode, one character was angry over the actions of another. And she was told, instead of holding onto the anger, she should be a Who from Who-ville. It took a few minutes for her to understand. A recap: The Grinch, with a very small heart, stole all the Christmas presents in Who-ville and yet on Christmas morning, the Whos woke up with joy and a song in their hearts. And their optimism changed the Grinch! So, in the end, she could stay pissy and angry or happy and content. She chose happy and content. The operative word is choice!

Such a great lesson from the late great Dr. Seuss. So simple and yet profound. And not just limited to the holiday season. We will always be dealing with Grinches in our lives. That, we can't change. The only thing we can change is how we react to those "Grinchy" people or "Grinchy" things that happen. And that choice is always ours to make. How long it takes is also up to us. We can wallow in the grinchiness or we can choose to be a Who! So, today, now and always, I say welcome to Who-ville and toliving with Joy and Gratitude! Who wants to join me?