What Are You Pointing Yourself Towards? Choosing a Virtue of the Spirit to Guide You in 2014 - Part I
There's great benefit in going with the flow.
There's also something to be said about pointing yourself in a certain direction, especially when it comes to the spiritual life.
The mind is fickle and untrained. It goes wherever it wants to go and takes us right along with it. It requires discipline to stay attuned to the path of the soul.
Each January, I take a time of reflection to ponder this. And to ask myself what my soul is really calling me to. What "Virtue of the Spirit" would I like to cultivate within me this year?
This year the answer came fairly easily and quickly: Love. Though I have to admit there was a bit of unsettled energy around it. Just Love? Was that enough?
Love is one of the most misunderstood of Virtues because its essence is often forgotten—left in the dust of our efforts to find romantic love, the perfect partner, the one—our soul mate.
It became clear, however, that the Love to be claimed as a focal point for me for 2014 was not this kind of human-to-human love, but an all-encompassing Love (Love with a capital "L"). It is the Love I associate with the Divine One Itself—the All of Our Existence, the Sacred, the Holy—the "God" of our understanding.
In my view, this Love is the ultimate, because it lives within us and can be made manifest in all our relationships, as well as surrounding us and enfolding us. Sometimes I even think of it as the "glue" that holds us all together.
As I sat and pondered this in the early wintry days of January, a word came to me. And when it came I knew that it was to be the guiding force of this year—and perhaps, for the rest of my life on earth: Spacious Love.
Spacious Love, when accessed, feels to me like a great inner ocean of affection and connection; a sacred cavern within me that is so large and open that it can hold everything and everyone. It welcomes every experience we have and everyone who enters in; received with with tender regard, wholesomeness, and appreciation.
This is the mind and heart state to which I aspire. In 2014, I will be pointing myself in this direction again and again until there are no more closed doors or windows to my heart.
Take some time right now to reflect on and discern what your Virtue of the Spirit will be for 2014.
What does your heart know and what are you willing to point yourself toward to make your life an embodiment of the Sacred?
Stay tuned for Part II to learn HOW to point yourself toward and stay faithful to this Virtue all year long.
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.