Tomorrow (January 21st, 2013) is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – a day set aside to remember a man that changed the lives and futures of so many. Martin Luther King Jr. is someone I deeply admire; his strength, grace and determination to change the world knew no bounds.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Barack Obama will be sworn in to office for his second term. Many believe that Obama will deliver a moving speech for the Inauguration ceremony, as he has revealed that King was one of his greatest heroes.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. / Presidential Inauguration Day!
Do you pray? I do.
And lately I have been thinking about prayer, and praying, and have noticed a bit of a shift in my perspective.
I’ve discussed at length here, my own experience with religion and faith (click here & here for a refresher), and lack thereof. Though from the time I was a little girl, I have always said a prayer before bed – maintaining a relationship with the only form of God I had ever known.
For me, God was one who listened and took care of things if I prayed hard and was grateful. Or that was my hope at least.
As an adult, I too prayed, though much more sporadically. The experience of having my first child required a lot of prayer. He was born early and experienced heart issues – it was a scary experience for a young first time mom. So I prayed, and so did everyone else, and thankfully he was okay. This was almost six years ago, and there has been no shortage of prayers spoken or thought since.
Now however, I don’t see God the same as I used to. God is no longer intimidating and out of reach. There is no more fear associated with my beliefs and my decision to embrace many religious views and ideas. From this new space I have found that Prayer feels quite different too.
Now when I pray, I often times find myself sincerely expressing gratitude, and I rarely pray for a certain outcome for a situation. Instead, I pray for help with feeling less fear about a situation (fear is my Mount Everest), because I trust innately that it will all work out.
And it feels better too, like it works. The fear dissipates and the faith kicks in.
Maybe this is truly what is meant by the words, “have faith” – which has always seemed much easier said than done to me.
I have felt a huge shift since I began to approach praying from a different perspective, and I would love to hear about your own experiences with prayer and faith. Do you have that steady faith that I wrote of? Do you find that fear and worry take over? Please share below!
Happy Wisdom Wednesday!
My love for His Holiness the Dalai Lama knows no bounds – so I thought I would share this quote today: “Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”
Speaks for itself doesn’t it?
I thought I’d put up a link-up if anyone is interested.
I could literally post quotes from Gandhi here every week for Wisdom Wednesday. His words consistently strike a chord in me – as they do for so many others.
I really do love the quote this week, “Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected”. My interpretation is that it is a gentle reminder that regardless of what level of passion we have for a certain truth, we can’t forget to put compassion first.
Happy Wisdom Wednesday!
To Be Brave ~ 16×20 print ~ $42 USD
Though I didn’t plan it, there appears to be a theme this week: inspiration.
Today I wanted to share with you my trick for a quick dose of inspiration: quotes. I believe they are powerful and I include a few in my day, everyday. I recently read a blog entry on the power of quotes in The Boston Herald, and how good they are for the soul. I love the author’s idea of writing down a bunch of quotes and randomly picking one each day or whenever needed.
In honor of my love of quotes, I wanted to share inspirational artwork that I recently discovered on Etsy. The artist, Mae Chevrette, quit her stable job as a research technician at a large medical school after becoming successful selling her art on Etsy. Her story is a great example of how thinking outside of the box and living fearlessly can help you to find your passion in life and allow you to become your authentic self.
I love these paintings/prints, they are whimsical and gorgeous and the quotes are perfectly suited to the style of art. Today I am sharing my favorite of the mixed media pieces, with quotes from Jack Kerouac, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Steve Jobs among others.
Heart & Intuition ~ 8×10 Print ~ $20 USD
The Road ~ 11×14 Print ~ $30USD
Find The Beautiful ~ 8×10 print ~ $20 USD
Small Things No 1 ~ 8×10 print ~ $20 USD