"Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take." MARY BAKER EDDY

In the groove with God

As a drummer, I've learned valuable lessons about both music and life through thinking about the musicality and rhythm of Spirit, which is another name for God. This has been helpful in praying about my career as well as the intricacies of playing percussive instruments. I've often thought that everyone should try playing drums to witness how spiritual inspiration aids in creating powerful rhythms and helps maintain a concise tempo that doesn't rush or slow down but remains "in the pocket"—just right. But of course there are other ways to gain a more spiritual sense of rhythm.

Here's a statement that's meant a lot to me: "To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual" (Science and Health, p. 510). While this idea can indeed relate to music, and has certainly done so effectively in my life, its meaning goes deeper than audible or physical pace. To me, it hints at the unlimited cadence of God's love and consistent perfection. To "discern the rhythm of Spirit" through spiritualizing our thoughts is to trust God so much that we feel no need to rush around with too little time to accomplish everything. It's to feel completely "in the groove," right where God wants us in every given moment. To be in sync with this "rhythm" is to be free from accident, chance, circumstance, or any supposed power outside of infinite harmony—to be surrounded by God's protection and purpose. It's to be completely guided, guarded, governed by our Father-Mother.

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Holy moments behind bars
September 25, 2000

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