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Being Light of Heart & Spirit
by Rev. Cheryl Jewett


Comedy has a wonderful way of helping us laugh at ourselves, doesn't it? Warm, loving humour is all around us, if we just look. Remember Sister Mary Patrick in "Sister Act"? To her, being spiritual meant sharing and celebrating life in song, dance, and laughter. And, the novice nun, Sister Mary Robert, whose brother gave her a silly wake-me-up clock as a child because she had such a hard time waking up. "Out of bed, you sleepy-head" the voice chirped.  

I believe the God-Spirit wants us to find happiness here on Planet Earth. Like any well-meaning parent, God offers us schooling so we learn the lessons which help us journey through life. You can do so being joyous, and light of spirit. By the way, how and when did the idea of being spiritual become so darn serious? Perhaps, it's in the parameters, limitations, and expectations each religion imposes. For example, I have a friend who tells me she used to go to required confession each week as a child and make up stories of sin for the priest. She, in her childlike innocence, knew nothing else to tell him.  

Are people beginning to view the Creator now more as a loving, forgiving Divine Being rather than a vengeful God? No doubt, that would ease up the feeling of seriousity in life. If your God-Spirit is lighthearted, how could you not be? You know, I really do think the Our Creator has quite a good sense of humour, rather than a mean spiritedness. In fact, so many of life's lessons can be taught and learned in the light of humour.  

Did you realize that by reframing a situation, you can find truth disguised as humour? When I'm having a pity party due to my Multiple Sclerosis, all I need to do is imagine how worse things would be if I couldn't swallow, for example. ALS victims can suffer that fate every day. Pondering this fate I've been spared, I think, what would I do if I couldn't swallow my favorite drink, a Starbucks Caramel Frappucinno? Horror of horrors.  I chuckle. So much for feeling sorry for myself. Using humour helps us to accept what is. Could be better; could be worse. It just IS.  

So, how do you begin your day? Do you greet each new day with the spirit of an adventurer, with a zest for life? Too often, the attitude adopted for the day is more of a begrudging nature. Ask yourself, what is stopping me, at this moment, on this day, from being lighthearted? Perhaps, attending at least as much to being incredibly happy as attending to simply getting through the day sounds increasingly like a good idea. Indubitably, your day would be a much less stressful one. So, think about starting your day on a cheerier note by starting it with a prayer of joy and thanksgiving, or to gentle music which can inspire you to find the best in everyone and everything. Or maybe, a goofy joke which can activate the laughter channel in your brain. What a wonderful world it would be if we awoke each day with laughter and joy in our hearts!

Having Multiple Sclerosis for years, plus the untimely death of her youngest son a few years ago, forced Cheryl to re-invent her thought processes. As a metaphysical minister, Cheryl seeks to inspire healing, so she developed a website dedicated to those who are grieving.

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