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This Week’s Quotation:

Be full of sorrow, that you may become a hill of joy; weep, that you may break into laughter… What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle… When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray. 

~ Rumi


Terri McCartney
Soul Care Facilitator

I often turn to Rumi to strengthen my spiritual mojo when I feel at risk of drowning in the troubled waters created by our human experience’s polarization. This year has presented all sorts of challenges for all of us—personal and collective. Yet, I recognize these challenges are also an opportunity to tap into the creative source of all being for solutions. I have to be willing to drop to my knees, pray and listen. The Divine is everywhere and exists within all the details of our lives. I tend to see that more clearly when I’m on my knees.

I feel that humanity is undergoing a spiritual crisis. All the challenges we face have their purpose, even if we cannot see that purpose and may not ever know or understand that purpose. Patience, trust and faith must abide in our hearts as they abided in Job’s heart. For me, the only way to hold steady is to pray—to communicate with God throughout the day. The Divine will always reveal what is needed. All we have to do is be willing to ask and listen.

As Rumi reminds us, Love is the bridge between you and everything. We are learning to bridge the polarities and love all facets of our human experience. This will bring integration and wholeness where there is division and exclusion. How do we appreciate joy if we have not known sorrow? While our human self may be viewing the chaos and change that we are undergoing with fear or anxiety, our soul navigates using a different guidance system, one that is deeply tuned in to the source of all that is needed to sail troubled waters.

I find this prayer from Emmet Fox never fails to remind me who I am and where I stand: There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer: no disease that enough love will not heal: no door that enough love will not open…It makes no difference how deep set the trouble: how hopeless the outlook: how muddled the tangle: how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. 

Mindful Explorations:

How do you restore your spiritual mojo when you are feeling overwhelmed? Can you feel gratitude for even the most significant challenges you have faced or are currently confronting? What tools do you have in your spiritual chest that support you in bringing wholeness to what’s still in division in your experience?

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David Karchere
David Karchere
11 months ago

So inspiring,Terri. Thank you!

Kari Bye
Kari Bye
11 months ago

It seems to me that gratitude is the bridge from being overwhelmed to finding trust and move through it.


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