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Spiritual focus all day long
Resonating with the Christ-message brings renewal and resolution to a severe business challenge.
It can be a real challenge to maintain God-centered thinking throughout the day. Spiritual study and prayer are great ways to get started in the morning. But I've found that thought can be pulled down by the day's experiences, and suddenly we're thinking less and less from a spiritually enlightened perspective. Sometimes it's a like a battery—getting all charged up in the morning and then running down until the next opportunity for a recharge. Spiritual renewal can seem unattainable.
Lately, I've been seeking ways to find spiritual renewal continuously, rather than having to recharge like a battery. I've been thinking particularly about the concept of resonance and its relationship to spiritual renewal. I like the idea of resonating with the Christ, all the good that is coming to us from God. It's given me insights that have helped me maintain my spiritual focus all day long, even during tough times. In music, resonance requires three things: First, a source of sound. Second, an instrument that is in the presence of the sound. And third, an instrument that's well tuned. When all three things come together, the instrument resonates with the original sound, actually enhancing and prolonging it for the listener.
In daily life, I like to think of God as the source of all good, the Christ as all the good and useful ideas coming from God to His children, and of my thinking as the instrument. Just as with music, for my thinking to resonate with God, it's helpful for three conditions to be met. First, acknowledging God as the source. Second, listening to what God is constantly, lovingly telling me. Third, keeping my thought pure and unselfish enough that I'm in tune with the Christ-messages constantly flowing into my thinking. When all this happens, I find I'm feeling in resonance with the Christ, and close to God. Refreshment and clarity become natural and continuous.
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About the author
Rick Dearborn is Director of Digital Media at Principia College. He is also a part-time Christian Science practitioner.
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REJOICE EVERY DAY
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Patrick Condon, Scott Jaschik, Sentinel Staff
The power of Easter—today
BY SARAH HYATT
Spiritual focus all day long
BY RICK DEARBORN
My life renewed
BY SYLVIA SAWITSKY
Mary of Magdala
India, Pakistan: 'Destination Peace'
BY ANNU MATTHAI
THOUGHTS ON TRUE WOMANHOOD
BY MARDI VAN WINKLE
DON'T BELIEVE A MISTAKE!
with contributions from Benjamin, Sam
'THIS IS MY WORK!'
DRAWING WITH LIGHT
NO BOUNDARIES TO GOOD
MY ULTIMATE PARENTING PRIMER
SPIRITUAL DIPLOMACY WITH CHINA
OUR SWEET DAIRY COW—HEALED ON EASTER MORNING
COMPLETE USE OF MY ARM
TENNIS INJURY HEALED