Mindful friends this fall Monday!
For my 2 followers & any other chance visitors, apologies for my October absence the first 2 Mondays this month! A Laurie Story trip back to a few Western NY schools the first week of the month led to many interesting adventures, delays & distractions~! But life goes on and we are still zealous & strong in our commitment to New Thought Families!
Our October focus is on Zeal & Fortitude ~ 2 virtues that go hand in hand when living a spirit centered life as well as in conscious parenting. This Mindful Monday, I will speak briefly to the blessing of yessing ~ here’s a cyber shout with a ZEALOUS YES! On the site, we have a Zeal page and we define it as:
Zeal: 1. A big YES inside & out!
2. Enthusiastic eagerness and passionate devoted care to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance … ongoing YES!
How many of us live in zeal? Probably at best, it comes and goes for most. Young children are excellent examples of zeal as they live there most of the time and return there easily after any upset. Being zealous & saying yes is the act of showing up to our God & the gifts of life; meeting, greeting, & returning this divine energy of flowing Love as a way of life. YES! The most compelling voice I have heard for zeal comes from Sr. Joan Chittister in her Illuminated Life book: “…Who can see God and live the same dull, directionless, complacent way they lived before God became the presence in life that makes all other presence relative? … God is the energy that drives us, the torch that leads us, the life that beckons us, the Spirit within that carries us on – past every doubt, beyond every failure, despite every difficulty. To that Energy there is no acceptable, no possible, response but energy.” Wowie Zowie, how can we say anything but YES?!
This Mindful Monday, your meditation invitation is to ramp up the awareness of the sluggish, complacent places in your life and in those of your family ~ find them, and apply your God-given feel for zeal! What – including who – can you boost with a ZEALOUS YES?!
I promise to return the next 2 October Mondays speaking to Fortitude and the hand in hand relationship of Zeal & Fortitude.
Thank you so much to (both of!) you for being here and giving this moment of mindfulness to yourself & your family!
We also invite you to our Play & Pray October Calendar for an intergenerational daily practice of an attitude of fortitude & the blessings of yessings. And here’s our YouTube music video Zeal Appeal: