The Sacred in our Lives
by Bridget Geegan Blanton
Take a moment and define for yourself what is sacred in your life. The word sacred is often ascribed to land, scripture and tradition. It is a characteristic that is not assigned with a casual hand. The land may have been a site of a bloody battle where remains of warriors are honored. A tradition or ceremony described as sacred is often religious and is venerated by the faithful. Yet, we can claim our own sacred beliefs for reasons of love, peace and security. When we conceive of that which is sacred, we travel to a place within that is devoid of earthbound problems. In this place, we feel the presence of God. If you can imagine what is sacred than you can take it with you wherever you go. Approach the multitude of choices that compose a single day and infuse it with what is sacred to you.
In midst of stress due to uncertainty or fear of a negative outcome, I am unable to instantaneously summon up the perception of all that is sacred to me. I haven't reached that milepost yet on the road to enlightenment, but I've come a long way. Try as I might, I cannot seem to avoid the machinations of my mind as I wait for a resolution. However, I do employ a different approach to coping with stress. I've learned a few things and they work out for me when I choose to practice them. By taking myself out of the chaos of the moment, I'm able to regain a little inner balance.
In any situation there are things that I can do to the best of my ability to achieve a desired outcome; beyond that, I can only turn it over to God and let it be. Trying to replace anxious thoughts with positive thinking has never worked for me; it doesn't feel genuine. Fear seems to unlock a Pandora's box in our mind, bringing to the forefront feelings of guilt, blame and doubt. By becoming aware of all the negativity we can begin to release it; not replace it with thoughts that seem artificial. Let's face it, all of the thoughts that have so rattled our peace of mind are fear-based. Fear is far from trust and even further away from love. I ask for help from a source outside of myself. I need this help to move past the fear and the anxiety.
What is sacred in my own life beyond the people whom I love, is my connection to a higher source, a.k.a. God. I've spent time exploring the spiritual side of life and what I've learned has made life better. I've learned simple truth not complicated philosophy. Acceptance trumps resistance and love conquers fear. I believe that I will always have a degree of attachment to a particular outcome. It's part of the human experience and it's a normal response. How we deal with our emotions is the point of the matter. Learning to quiet inner turbulence is the key to inner peace. I'm happy to report that I have also experienced periods of true peace and the occasional ability to live in the present moment. I attribute my small successes to taking all that is sacred to me wherever I go.
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