40 Days of Lent – From Release to Embrace
“The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?“*
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Today, we are releasing Pessimism and embracing God’s Love for us.
Our Lent Booklet reminds us today that our thoughts and feelings of pessimistic outlook become the reality of our life.
Truly the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me, (Job 3:25).
As we consciously focus our attention on the ever-present good we release pessimism. With that we start noticing the presence of beauty, or the sound of laughter that lift our spirit. Writing what we are grateful for each day, we eliminate pessimism and build a hopeful future.
Today, I invite you to contemplate on Rule No20 and the quote below. Let me know how practicing releasing pessimism worked for you today.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Today we affirm: I open to an optimistic outlook on life.
*Rules are from ’40 Rules of Love’ by Novel by Elif Shafak. See more about the book here (click)
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