Good Day, God,
We as a species have been bombarded with FEAR for the last few years. FEAR all by itself greatly dampens our immune system. Alas, FEAR tends to promote anger and blame and hate. That is a toxic combination.
The good news is that just like the soil — we can recover. Soil that has become virtually dead due to the ongoing bath of artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides — can return to full health in three years.
I am trusting that we can free ourselves of the effects of fear much faster than that. (And, no, God, no scientific studies . . . just personal experience.)
Step One: I stopped trying to bear the weight of the world. I stopped watching the news. Graphic images overload my circuits. Yes, I try to stay aware and pray. But, I have dramatically reduced the width and length of my focus. Right now. Right here. Can I do something? Then do it.
Step Two: I have reframed the game I am in. There is evil in the world. Yes. And evil does horrible things so that I will want to do horrible things to retaliate. Yikes! I have found that I am very reactive. Part of me seems to believe that we can seek out and destroy evil. That is exactly what evil wants. You tell us we are to overcome evil with good.
Step Three: I make daily efforts to pray FOR those doing evil. I try to bless and not curse. I also take personal inventories of where I am failing. Where I am stuck in judgment and anger. I see myself as very much like my fellow human beings who are causing trouble.
Step Four: Focusing on the right here, right now — I practice gratitude and thankfulness. I have so much to be thankful for. The gift of life is much more real to me now as I am aging. The small joys are more precious.
Step Five: I work at PRAISING YOU for WHAT IS! I may not like it. I may not understand it. But, as I praise You For it — I am TRUSTING IT ALL INTO YOUR GREAT RECYCLING PROJECT. It is truly freeing to offer up praise for what is. I am actively asserting my trust in You to use it. . . somehow, somewhen.
My foundation for these steps is the belief that You Love Us. That this Time/Space location is not all there is. I feel I am in a Very Expansive Universe — with love and compassion at its core.