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Fri, March 09, 2012
Living spiritually for a healthy sense of purpose
By CHRISTOPHER TRIPLETT
Spiritual Wellness Month is historically celebrated during the month of March. It provides all who celebrate it the opportunity to practice living life in perfect balance within our body, mind and spirit. It is important to understand that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than a human being having occasional spiritual feelings.
All too often in our lives we get swept away by regrets from the past, the daily grind and worries about tomorrow. Instead of focusing on what matters right here, right now, we focus our thoughts on what has or what could. This way of looking at the world hinders us from being the thriving, vibrant, truly incredible individuals we all are....
So what does that leave us with? It leaves us with the idea of living in the present. The concept of living intentionally describes the practice of performing each task, each day, with a purpose. As you progress in your own “adventure film,” you may experience feelings of doubt, despair, fear and disappointment, as well as feelings of pleasure, joy, happiness and discovery. It is how you react to these feelings based on your system of values, beliefs and goals that truly define your character.
Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli stated that “we are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.” I challenge you to learn from your past, live in the present and leave a legacy for the future. Through living intentionally, you will not only set yourself up for repeated success (and a happier life outlook), but you will directly affect those around you and future generations.
See "Link to External Source Article" below to read further.
I recommend reading this entire piece, which is quite good...(IMHO)
The Urantia Book also teaches us to live in the present, and enlarges upon this important idea:
118:1.7 To become mature is to live more intensely in the present, at the same time escaping from the limitations of the present. The plans of maturity, founded on past experience, are coming into being in the present in such manner as to enhance the values of the future.
The time unit of immaturity concentrates meaning-value into the present moment in such a way as to divorce the present of its true relationship to the not-present—the past-future. The time unit of maturity is proportioned so to reveal the co-ordinate relationship of past-present-future that the self begins to gain insight into the wholeness of events, begins to view the landscape of time from the panoramic perspective of broadened horizons, begins perhaps to suspect the nonbeginning, nonending eternal continuum, the fragments of which are called time.
On the levels of the infinite and the absolute the moment of the present contains all of the past as well as all of the future. I AM signifies also I WAS and I WILL BE. And this represents our best concept of eternity and the eternal.
This is from Paper 118, section 1 - Time and Eternity
79:8.8 The great weakness of ancestor veneration is that it promotes a backward-looking philosophy. However wise it may be to glean wisdom from the past, it is folly to regard the past as the exclusive source of truth. Truth is relative and expanding; it lives always in the present, achieving new expression in each generation of men—even in each human life.
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