I had a few fun things weave together in interesting ways this morning, starting with my prayer time, then an e-mail and then my cup of tea. So please bear with me (especially if you’re not a football fan).
During meditation, after settling down and coming to that in-between space, I felt like there was something I was being invited to learn from my life. Then - I kid you not - a montage involving decades of the Denver Broncos passed through my mind. (They’ve been my team since birth). The lesson was fun and seemed to be something along the lines of passion and cooperation are needed but defense is key (i.e. “Defense wins championships”).
Then a phrase came to mind, “Guard your heart as the apple of your eye.”
The truth of that statement cannot be overestimated. We see differently when we look through the eyes of love. We see the good in people. We see the good in ourselves. We see the good in life. That’s why “giving a critical, condemning spirit a rest” is such a key step in the lifestyle of the rest that works.
What sank in this morning was a call to value and protect the loving space in me - that passionate part that yearns to love and be loved. It appreciates, affirms and adds to what gives life. When it is functioning well, I function well. I am excited about working with the Creative Forces of God. When it isn’t functioning well, I might get a lot done but there isn’t much deep peace or heartfelt joy.
It’s like our hearts and minds together form a cup. Our hearts represent a God-given space and propensity to love. The most important task of our minds is to maintain the sides of the cup.
Our cups are meant to be strong in order to receive and convey the unforced rhythms of grace that give life. Boundaries need to be maintained to facilitate the flow of that which warms hearts. A cup that doesn’t value carrying its contents faithfully isn’t very helpful. If it’s weak, the first order of business is getting it strong (not by condemning it but by building it up again).
The other piece from the morning that makes me laugh is how light-hearted the whole process was, all the way to when I was holding my cup. This is what I experience from the kingdom of heaven almost daily now, through dreams, meditation, staying open to the Holy Spirit or other practices of the rest that works. Those who work with the Creative Energies of Our Creator are neither boring nor condemning. They are dynamic and creative. Whether from my unconscious or the kingdom of heaven, this morning’s message was full of good news from a fun-loving heart (Thank You Messenger!). Cultivating that kind of relationship with God, our Heavenly Helpers and our Eternal Soul is one of the wonderful fruits of developing and maintaining a personal practice of the rest that works.
Thanks for journeying together, and more power to you in guarding your heart as the apple of your eye. I hope that you have a great day!