Yesterday I went with my son on his 4th grade field trip. I was surprised how ungrateful his classmates and he were. They complained about the bus ride; complained about the length of time they had to look at the museum; complained about eating outside; complained about minor(!) cuts and bruises. At first I tried to contradict them, “It’s a lovely day for a picnic.” But, then I realized I need to not combat materialism with more materialism: “arguing whether it was a nice day for a picnic or not.” What I really needed to do was to realize that as God’s spiritual children, they are not only perfect, but they can realize that perfection. They could not be anything less than perfect, grateful children. So, I was quiet, and I started seeing myself as God would see me…. patient, kind, humble…. Then I started seeing the children as God sees them…. patient, kind, humble. Sometimes it was hard to see them as humble…. but after a while it became easier. I started to see them as patient, kind and humble. The gratitude soon followed.
Several weeks ago my 9 year old son was at a park where several other 9 year olds that he didn’t know called him profane names and tried to pick a physical fight with him. Besides feeling a need to console and love, I was surprised at how young this aggressive behavior started. Although friends counseled me that this is part of growing up, I could only think that there’s an opportunity from this experience to lift humanity’s thought somehow. I wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the cycle. I couldn’t help but feel that there are ties between a childhood park altercation to an abusive marriage to gang violence to genocide. I wanted to use the opportunity to help my son and myself find a spiritual perspective that would add to the “stop the cycle of violence and hatred”. Thoughts lead to action – and if we can help direct our thoughts towards the divine power that made each of us, then we’re individually adding to a more spiritual attitude on things which in turn helps lift humanity out of the ugliness of bullying and violence. This is an ongoing process for me as I continue to pray for more answers and also to watch my own consciousness – weeding out thoughts of stereotyping, hopelessness, and aggression. I find that I speak more gently to my children and husband; and I have renewed compassion for inclusiveness. Unwilling to give into the “it’s a normal right of passage/growing up,” I’ve found some great articles on the subject of bullying that provide an uplifted perspective. Here’s a recent article from the Christian Science Monitor that discusses a spiritual take on bullying – I hope you find it helpful. Compassion and Hope for the Bully and the Bullied.
Looking for something to do with the kids this summer that continues their spiritual education? We’ve planned a number of Wednesday Play & Pray dates over the summer. We’ll meet up at the downtown Austin church (1309 Guadalupe Street) for the Wednesday meeting of healing and inspiring testimonies; then head out for a fun place to eat lunch and play. Check the Calendar for upcoming events as they get scheduled. PS – the kids love the testimony meetings in which they frequently contribute their own testimonies of healing to. This activity is sponsored by Discovery Bound.
DiscoveryBound is an interactive international community for Christian Scientists and their friends where they see Christian Science in action. It’s fellowship that doesn’t replace church, but supports it, by providing an environment where everyone is free to share how they are studying and living Christian Science and develop relationships that nurture this commitment. Get involved at www.discoverybound.org.
This article in today’s Christian Science Monitor provides a refreshing take on what’s next after graduation. PS – there’s no need for mixed emotions between a job well done with fear of what’s next. http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Articles-on-Christian-Science/2010/0514/Graduation-what-s-next
It’s amazing how a change of thought alone can change one’s circumstances. I was helping a friend last week who was having a pounding bad headache all day and had missed work because of it. He couldn’t stop talking about the pain. We decided right there and then to turn out thoughts away from the pain and consider what God had to say about his head. Together, we reasoned that since divine Love [God] had made him in Love’s image and likeness and that God declared all that he had made to be good (Genesis 1), then my friend could claim all of that inherent goodness right now. His true state of health was based on God as Spirit and Good. His well being is dependent on God, not a material head. We were both so inspired at that moment, and the headache immediately left. My friend enjoyed the rest of his evening filled with family activities. What changed? It was thought alone – gaining a better understanding of his natural and permanent spiritual qualities healed him.
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