Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Here's to a Life-Changing Summer ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Here's to a Life-Changing Summer ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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It's been said that people spend more time planning their vacation than their lives. If that's true, it probably has a lot to do with wanting to make the most of every hour of time off from a rushed and tightly structured work environment.

If you're planning a summer to-do list, or already fulfilling one, think about this: In addition to those well-deserved barbecues or trips to the beach, why not make it a priority to remove any troublesome debris? Not just the unwanted stuff in the garage or the closet, but of the human mind. Unhappy memories, built-up resentment, bitterness, fear, regrets - the kind of mental clutter that can pile up over time.

Sounds good, but is such a project possible? How do you sweep away anger that has built up over the years because of someone who hurt you deeply? How do you choose which memories to keep and which to forget? How do you end the regret from having made a huge mistake? Those unfortunate feelings and experiences are a permanent part of our lives, aren't they?

That depends. It depends on when and where your life begins.

For most people that would mean their birthday, of course. What they've experienced from then until now is what their life adds up to so far, including any of that messy debris.

But for a spiritual and scientific thinker - a metaphysician - the starting point is quite different. He or she is growing accustomed to looking beyond physical markers to a higher idea of life - to the wisdom, creativity, strength, grace, love, truth, and beauty that come from the unblemished Life that is divine.

That is where to begin this kind of project. The purely spiritual idea of Life, our Life, is fresh, lively, flawless, and a powerful moving force. It is the image of God, and as such it is a model for changing the unwelcome concept we have of ourselves into something new. …

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