This is the month we look to the sky and see great flocks of birds flying southward. It’s fascinating to see them flying all together, appearing as a living cloud that shifts and stretches through the sky. In November, our own “snowbirds” head south as well. And, as our friends leave Ohio for the winter season, Unity centers in the South receive them with open arms. Like the great cloud of birds, we are a group of like-minded individuals, stretching, expanding, migrating as we feel called on this spiritual journey of life.
What Would You Be?
When I was in my early twenties, a friend asked me, “If you could be anything other than a human being, what would you be… which animal, fish, or fowl?” Without hesitation I answered, “I would be a songbird!” I wanted that sense of freedom; the ability to fly anywhere, anytime. I wanted a life unrestrained by mundane activities and financial considerations. As it turns out, the spiritual path has given me that freedom!
Perhaps you would also like to be free as a bird. One spiritual practice that brings this sense of freedom into sharper focus is the moment-to-moment leaning into appreciation. As we’ve explored Pam Grout’s book, Thank & Grow Rich, I’ve become even more aware that the Universe responds to the energy that we transmit. Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore, explained how the Law of Attraction operates. He wrote “All conditions and circumstances in affairs and body are attracted to us to accord with the thoughts we hold steadily in consciousness.”
Powerful Spiritual Practice
Knowing the Law of Attraction, you can see why living in appreciation is such a powerful spiritual practice. Hold onto thoughts and feelings of appreciation and you’ll always find more things to appreciate! Of course we appreciate the good, and we can also appreciate the things that seem to go us. Look for the blessings and give thanks in all things. This will free you from judgment, worry, regret, blame, and fear. Even in the darkest places, turn your thoughts to the highest possibilities and give thanks. Beam out your heart-felt appreciation and watch as the Universe responds in kind!
On this first day of November, I invite you to begin a spiritual practice of daily appreciation and thanksgiving. Throughout your day, make note of your blessings. Write each one on a slip of paper and put it in a “gratitude jar.” On Thanksgiving Day, read those blessings aloud. Your spiritual practice of appreciation will stretch and expand your mind toward God, the Source of All Good.
Light and Love to you,