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UpBeat Spiritual Living: Forgiving Others

September 18, 2016

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So what is in your heart today?  I’ll wait.  … … Are you feeling cranky, unhappy, satisfied, happy with everything and everyone?  If you’re not sure what’s in your heart today, go get your journal, ask yourself the question again, and start writing.  Still stuck?  Look at the most adorable pet you own or have ever seen, and try again.  Is your heart stuck, or is your heart open and flowing God’s love for adorable pets, fresh bread, lovely gardens, 75 degrees and blue skies, and even our fellow man/people?

If your heart is not open and flowing, what’s stuck in there?  Do you disapprove of someone’s actions?  Did someone say something unfair about you?  Does someone act in hurtful ways toward you or your child, routinely?  Does someone owe you money?  Do you owe someone money and you’re feeling guilty?  Are you late completing a project, and you’re feeling ashamed or inadequate?  Are you generally resentful of happy people or those more “successful” than you?  If you’re happy and satisfied and appreciative, you’re set.  If you’re resentful, angry, and dissatisfied, these feelings are a burden to you, and not to the people you’re thinking about.

Saint Augustine of Hippo said,

Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies.

If you are often nagged by thoughts of a particular person and bothered by their choices, they are living rent-free in your brain.  You are the only one who can choose to evict this person from your brain, especially if they never asked to be living there rent-free anyway.  Someone I know of has been dating a convicted felon; how does your heart feel about that?  The man is convicted of sexual offenses against a youthful female.  How does your heart feel about that?  The woman teaches children.  Now how does your heart feel?  My heart had some challenges with this one.  I felt heavy and stuck for some time.  Now I realize that’s not my job.  My job is to let it go and let God do God’s job: managing others.  I need to bless and release my own feelings as well as that situation.  Of course I can pray for the highest and best there.

Someone has owed me money for a long time, hundreds borrowed for a project years ago.  I now believe he will never pay me.  However, sometimes I think of that money and how it would now be equivalent to thousands, with the accumulated interest.  My heart feels heavy when I think of it.  Sometimes, when I think of this man and feel that resentment, I work on forgiveness and release—again.  We are done forgiving and releasing when we have no attachments to those memories.

Jesus told us to pray what we now call The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13).  This prayer contains the line: “and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”, or the broader translation, “and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  So our wrongs will be forgiven in proportion to the forgiveness we offer others, who may or may not “owe” us.

Are you holding something in your heart that needs to be forgiven?  Pray about that, journal about that, and release that.  You will be releasing yourself and energizing your faith.  Your Peace Within will rise.  Why not work on that now?  It’s your life.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm.


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  • Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and award-winning author.  She also is an ordained minister and has a natural healing practice. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br),and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. That book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com    or phone 480-250-1177.  
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Peace in Our Time: 3 Ways You Can Help!

September 11, 2016

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Our beautiful Planet of 7 billion souls intensely needs peace in our time.  Our World now has large civil wars, mass migrations, religious persecutions, mass shootings, urban crime, police attacking innocents, and a lot of people stressed enough to blow any second.  Fifteen years ago this day, several thousand died in the US, in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and related events.  We call that day simply “Nine One One” or “9-1-1”.  It is clear we need some peace, some balance, some harmony. My stubborn heart believes we can achieve peace in our time.  So how can we get there?

No one would make war if everyone were happy, had enough water, sanitation, food, income, education, and community connection.  To get to that enoughness, we all can help, in 3 areas:  social justice, personal peace within, and prayer:

Social justice.  Do what you can to make a difference. Take bags to the food bank, and volunteer to pack food backpacks for “food insecure” children.  Spend 3 Saturdays with your church’s Habitat for Humanity team.  Speak kindly. Wait for the other car to pull out of its parking space.  When someone drops something, pick it up for them.  Donate to local and international NGOs (Non-Government Organizations), including favorite ministries, that have programs for feeding, clothing, housing, educating, and even rescuing youth from prostitution and child marriages.  Give to NGOs that work to save habitat and environment, as creature habitats are being lost to cheap-food farming in a number of countries: healthy habitat one place means healthy land-sea-air Planet-wide.  Support legislation that helps correct social wrongs and build strong communities.  Find out what your church’s Faith in Action programs are up to, and help a little as you can.

Peace Within.  With so many people so stressed out today, and with so many social issues hurting large numbers, it is crucial to stay as grounded and clear as you can, even joyful and grateful.  This is a major way you can help the Planet, and it’s a skill set.  Study positive ideas and books (such as Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core), explore your faith, and keep returning to positive languaging and beliefs.  Learn to meditate, taking classes and increasing your personal peace-maintaining skills.  The more Peace Within you cultivate, the better your relationships will be, and the better able you will be to do what you can to help bring forth peace in our time.   Gandhi said,

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.

Prayer.  Pray often.  Maintain your hope. Go to your peace within and go to your house of worship.  Read meditative and prayer-rich writings.  Perhaps collect your own group of positive prayers that you read to yourself every morning and evening, along with your meditation practice.  Visualize peace.  Know that you are the soul of peace.  peace in our time, prayer, social justice, Stress, peace, Peace Within, Upbeat Living, Upbeat Spiritual Living, Kebba Buckley ButtonKnow that peace is in your heart, which overflows to help others be peaceful.  Pray for the least peaceful people and leaders you know; they are actually broken-hearted.  Pray for anyone and any creature who is suffering anywhere.  Pray for those who don’t realize there is any reason to pray.  Pray for all the good people of the Planet who are saving lives and encouraging people and animals.  Pray gratitude for every lovely and good thing that you can think of.

Look for Peace Day activities near you.  The United Nations has an International Day of Peace, which even the Taliban has honored as a day of ceasefire and emergency replenishments.  In Phoenix, the Franciscan Renewal Center celebrates that day with programs; check out www.thecasa.org.  While Gandhi probably never said “Be the change you wish to see”, you can certainly say, “Be the peace you would like to see.” Be a little individual hub of peace in our time.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm.


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Staying Spiritual When We’re Offended

August 29, 2016

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      I’m allergic to drama.  Who’s with me?  I don’t enjoy being offended, hurt, or angry.  Those feelings interrupt my usual serenity and my productivity.  They yank me sharply out of my Peace Within.  I like to be enjoying life, steaming along in a positive direction, doing Go(o)d, meeting deadlines, mixing happily with good people, and relaxing in peace between.  Recently, I’ve had a few opportunities to think about offense.
      When someone royally offends you, aren’t your feelings hurt and your body tense?  Maybe you have trouble thinking of anything else-how could they DO this to you?   Keeping your mind on your work, your relationships, or your in-joy-meant-all tough when you’ve been touched by a drama.  Maybe your attention is repeatedly dragged off-track to the person or situation that caused the drama.  Does this sound like fun?  No.  Is there any benefit to anyone in someone feeling offended?  Um, no.
      So what can we, as spiritual and Christian people, do when we feel offended?  Say, someone who is often jealous and critical aims their blame-beam at you.  They are now criticizing the way you said something you thought was endearing.  You know you were kind, and this person is enjoying creating gossip and making you look bad, over something that never happened.  Aside from hurting you, the person is being damaging to the group/church/company.  Consider these steps:
  1.       Pray.  Ask for guidance as to whether to respond to the person at all.
  2.        Pray.  Pray for the person who needs this kind of internal and external drama.
  3.       Remember.  This person’s perception is their drama, and with this type, responding at all may throw gasoline on the fire.
  4.       Act “as if”.  Act as if the person never aimed their blame-beam at you, as if it never happened.  You can re-write your emotions with this technique.
  5.       Pray.  Ask God whether perhaps this is a signal that you don’t need to circulate with this person anymore. Especially if this is something that the person keeps doing.  You are not their only target.  Sometimes we are the ball being hit by the flipper on God’s pinball board.  Sometimes we are being shown what to turn our backs to.
  6.       Keep your heart light.  Don’t let yourself sink into the disorderly person’s drama.  Keep bringing your focus back to anything positive, or simply to God.
      The Bible offers this:
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
~ James 3:16 (NIV)   
 
      A person who has Peace Within does not need to create inflammatory conversation: criticism or gossip.  Feel sorry for the person in disorder.  Pray for the Highest and Best for them.  You may be amazed at how the person shifts over the next few weeks, if you do not sink into being offended, but continue to pray for them.
      And remember, God is watching how you handle this.  Every time you think of this offense, choose not to be offended.  Rise above.  Reset your thoughts as many times as you need to.  And keep in mind,
It is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
~ Prov 19:11 (NIV) 
      Life often gives us opportunities to get offended.  But we can choose how much we want to buy into taking in the hurt. With practice, it will take you less and less time and effort to get back to your Peace Within.  So practice.  And pray.  And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Living!

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The Most Important Moment is Now

August 17, 2016

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Are you living in the most important moment?  It’s NOW.  In Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm, we go for the best possible alignment between our mental and physical processes, our soul and our emotional ups and downs.  Every day we make thousands of tiny and larger decisions about how to live.

But do we know WHEN to live?   Think about it.  You can’t live in the future, because that hasn’t arrived yet.  The future consists of outcomes we can guess about, together with whatever we are cocreating with the Divine.  But we can’t live there.

We can’t live in the past either, although that’s a popular turn of phrase.  Many dwell on the past, some brooding deeply and analyzing endlessly, going over and over how they “coulda and shoulda and didna”.  Many are keeping endless scorecards of those who did them wrong and what they should have said and done to exact a balance, if not revenge.  Too many are having long conversations about how people treated them unfairly, with callous or even hateful intent.  They “live in the past”.  But all that has already happened, so there is little you can do about it without your time machine.  And if we did all have time machines, we wouldn’t have time to live our actual current lives, because we would be so busy going back to see about that onetime boyfriend and tell off that abusive boss.

So if we can’t live in the future or the past, where and when can we live? NOW.  There is a second immediately before you that is available for your consciousness and your choices: your living.  You can only live in this moment, this present moment, this now.  And by the time you read THIS word, that NOW moment I just mentioned is gone.  Yes, NOW is the only moment when we can actually live.

I first saw this concept when reading an early book by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, Your Erroneous Zones.  He argued that you can’t be stressed if you concentrate on the here and now.  In traffic, for example, he argued we should concentrate only on the cars, the trees, the sounds in and around the traffic.  How can you obsess about your budget or your child’s health issue when you are firmly in the driver’s seat of your thoughts?  This concept puts you in charge of your mind.

Jesus, in Matthew 6:34 (NIV), says

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

So what would it be like if you stayed more in the NOW?  Try it for a day.  When you find yourself sliding into worry about the past or future, simply exhale to your toes and come back to the present.  You’ll be more relaxed and relating differently, with your loved ones, with God, and with your lists.  Let me know what shifts you notice.  Keep practicing.  And now you’re in Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!


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Save Room for Positive Thoughts

August 7, 2016

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What would your life be like, if you were always in Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm?  Scientists estimate that the human brain has about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. It has also been estimated that about 80 percent of our thoughts are negative.  Yikes!  So what’s your source for much of what you think about?   If you listen to the television news, you will get information that is slanted to be as attention-grabbing as possible.  Those items will be anchored in violence, sex, and whatever horrifies you.  Some news shows even close their broadcasts with something redeeming, cute, loveable: a rescue animal story or a pay-it-forward segment.  They do this because they know that you would grow weary if they never gave you anything but accidents, tragedies, rip-off stories, financial crash items, and outrageous comments by public figures.

Is this really what you want to spend your thousands of thoughts per hour on?   Your thoughts embody.  Negative thoughts are weakening and exhausting. In Chinese medicine, it is known that negative thoughts and feelings lodge in specific parts of the body and drain your health.  Does the base of your shoulder blade hurt?  Then you have frustration.   Illness and negative thinking are not God’s will for us.  Rather, as 2 Timothy 1:7 says:

God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

  Some translations say “self control”, rather than “sound mind”.  Consider, who can note and control your thoughts?  You are the gatekeeper!  You decide what you feed your mind.  Try cutting back on the news you watch and notice if your body, mind, heart, and spirit feel different.  Notice whether your thinking is clearer and perhaps you can concentrate better.  Also, think of the people you spend time with: are some of them grousers?  All their statements of complaint are getting into your mind.  Consider seeing them half as often, and notice how much lighter you feel.   When we make room in our psyches by feeding ourselves fewer negative thoughts, we have more room for positive thoughts.  We have more room for puppies, for loved ones, for beautiful scenery, for light comedy, for novels, even for God.  Psalm 103:5 points out that we get filled with the Go(o)d and become stronger, when we spend time with God:  

[He] satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

  Isaiah 40:31 also talks about strength:

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

  Do you want to have a happy, well, and energized life?  Then save room for positive thoughts and notice how different your body, mind, heart, and spirit feel.  And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Living!

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert.  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com. 
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Peace Within: What Would Yours Feel Like?

December 2, 2015

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We are in a noisy time in the history of the World.  There has never been a more important time for people to seek personal serenity.  I call this Peace Within.  What would our personal serenity feel like?  And what would inspire it? The following is from my book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.

 

Sometimes we see a person who is clearly in a state of (transcendent) personal peace, and we somehow get a transfer effect, feeling more peaceful ourselves.  On returning from an engineering conference one year, I was dashing through the Pittsburgh airport, feeling very stressed, when I was absolutely riveted by a person going by.  She was a nun, wearing a traditional habit. She was walking peacefully through the terminal, wearing an etheric expression of utter happy calm.  Her slight smile reminded me of the ageless magnetism of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa.  I had to stare as she passed.  Her unreasonable peace and calm translated into my body and mind.  I was changed by her.  Now, years later, every time I think of that nun, my mind and body re-set, and I feel tension and stress leave me.

 

Some experiences can give us a profound shift into peace within.  Perhaps 10 years ago, I was in a small town in Colorado for Christmas.  Framed by a stunning view of the Rockies, many extremely tall, majestic pine trees surrounded our historic hotel.  Late Christmas Eve, fresh snow began to fall.  Having much on my mind, I bundled up to go walk among the dancing flakes.  I had not been out in the night air for more than two minutes before my cares and worries of the last year began to seem completely insignificant.  Soon, I couldn’t even think what they had been.  Now walking in an inch of new snow, I looked up through the white-laden tree branches and deeply inhaled the sweet winter air.  I felt surrounded by and filled with the Peace That Passes All Understanding.  I felt the Divine Presence.  I experienced  a deeper level of peace within than I had felt in many years.  When I finally stepped back into the hotel, I realized I had been transformed.  Years later, still, just recalling that walk vividly brings back the experience and the utter serenity.

 

Would you like to be experiencing more inner calm or serenity?  What images, sounds, or experiences have you had that have taken you to greater calm?  Why not make a commitment to yourself, now, to nurture your inner quiet each day?  The more you cultivate your Peace Within, the more benefits you will reap.  It’s up to you.

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Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She also stress management expert and has a natural healing practice. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com. 

 

 

How is God Answering Your Prayers?

October 15, 2015

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Sometimes, we pray for help, and help comes in ways we don’t recognize.  Two days ago, my husband lost a set of keys.  I prayed, from the twin convictions that God knew where the keys were—since God knows all–and that He would be pleased to help us when we asked.

 

Within a minute, my husband found the keys in a place where he had already looked a number of times. It was clear to us that God had answered our prayers, and how, and when.  However, sometimes we pray, and we’re not sure if God is working on it or planning to respond in a different way than we ever expected.  Consider this old story.

 

A man named John hears a flood is coming.  It has been raining heavily, and his house is expected to be flooded.  John prays, in faith, for God to save him and his dog.  The floodwaters reach his front door and begin to wash in.  A boat comes by, and people call to John to jump to the boat with his dog; they will save him and the dog.  John says, “No, God is going to save us!”  He and the dog go to the second floor.  John prays again for God to save them.  Another boat comes by, and people urgently call to John to jump in with his dog and be saved.  John says, “No, God is going to save us!”  Now he and the dog have to go to the roof, and John prays again for God to save them.  A helicopter appears, as if from nowhere, and a rope is lowered.  A National Guard officer shouts to John, over the sound of the blades, rain and driving wind, to take the rope and bring his dog under his arm.  John shouts back, in total faith, that God is going to save them.  Shortly, John and his dog are dripping wet in Heaven’s waiting room.  When it is their turn to meet God, God starts to ask John questions, when John, feeling betrayed, cries out in pain, “God, why did you not save us from the flood???”  God says, “My son, I sent two boats and a helicopter for both of you!”

 

When you last prayed for help, did you get a clear answer?  Or did you later realize you had what you needed, somehow?  What good information, people, reassurance, resources, boats, helicopters, and ropes has God been putting your way?  God wants to be in relationship with you, and God wants to hear from you, whether you have heard Him replying, or not.  Practice talking to God and listening for His responses.  Now you’re in Upbeat Spiritual Living!

 

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Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She also stress management expert and has a natural healing practice. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com. 

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