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Upbeat Spiritual Living:  Thinking of Meditation?

October 16, 2017

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For those thinking of meditation, there are many options today.  Meditation dates back centuries through different cultures.  So there are many varieties of meditation being taught now.  Some practices are aimed at medical sample groups attempting to shift a single health factor, such as high blood pressure.  Some are taught for relaxation and stress release, or to increase one’s ability to concentrate.

As an author who has been meditating for many years, I felt the time had come for a book that would simplify and demystify spiritual meditation practice.  The fact is that anyone can meditate if they have the interest.  My own results have been profound, including increased clarity of mind, calm, feeling rested, and having more peaceful reactions to potentially stressful situations. We are body-mind-heart-spirit beings, as Psalm 139:4 says, “so fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Medical science has proven that we are literally meant to be in joy, as the body suffers under stress and fear.  Yet it literally restores itself and thrives in joy, love, and peacefulness. Today, I would like to help as many people as possible launch their own meditation practice in some form.meditation, Sacred Meditation, stress, Embracing the Divine, Upbeat Spiritual Living, Rev. Kebba Buckley Button

My book, Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, was written primarily for the person who likes God and wants more of a relationship with God. The types of meditation, and related practices, in this book, are shared mainly for people who want to experience more serenity, in a spiritual context.  They may also want to hear more guidance, and sometimes more comfort, learning to tune in more clearly to the Universal Frequency.  With intentional practice, especially with regular daily practice, those who meditate in these ways find they can more and more quickly tune in and experience sacred communion. In addition to meditation and contemplation methods, there are tools using breath, visual helps, sounds, finger and hand positions, and body poses.  We can call this collective group of practices Sacred Meditation.

 

Buddha said,

Meditation brings wisdom, lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back,

and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

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The concept for this book followed on the completion of my previous book, Inspirations for Peace Within.  That book offers inspiration, through narrative, quotes, poems, and photos, to reach lasting personal serenity.  That work serves the pathways of the mind and heart.  However, there are many ways to use the mind-body connection also, to take the seeker deeper in reaching that essential, grounded, satisfying, perfect peace that people yearn for.  The mission of this book, then, is to bring forth key concepts of Sacred Meditation methods, so that people can begin experiencing for themselves the profound body-mind connections and effects available to them.

Sacred Meditation is easy.  And the more a person experiments with these tools and techniques, the deeper the person will go into personal peace, and the closer will be their embrace with the Divine.  In the next few articles, we will explore how meditation evolved and what some easy types of meditation are that people can try.  And get results quickly.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is also a stress management expert with a natural healing practice.. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available from her office in full-color print or full-color PDF versions.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .

 

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Upbeat Spiritual Living: Got Stillness?

October 15, 2017

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Got stillness?  Some people have some, and some people have none at all.  But it’s becoming more and more important to make sure you have a base of inner quiet, or Peace Within, to touch, whenever you need it.

It’s a noisier world all the time.  The news carries endless reports of personal violence,  killings, conflicts, jihads, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires.  So have you been noticing a downshift in your mood or in your ability to concentrate? Even an upshift in your cynicism? Is your brain rattling monkey chatter nonstop?  But wait!  Just because it’s a wild racket out there does not mean it has to be a wild racket in your mind and in your soul.  Maybe you would like some inner silence?

Are you craving inner quietude?  Do you need Peace Within?  If you can’t quickly touch in with deep stillness in your soul, here is a simple method that can satisfy your psyche.  A few easy elements can help you with basic stillness practice.  And the more you practice, the deeper and more solid your base of Peace Within will be– and the faster you will be able to access it when things get noisy.

  1. Find a quiet place to be still, perhaps in your home or garden. Take your journal and pen.
  2. Partner with a really comfortable chair, in which you will sit relatively straight. Pad the seat if you like.
  3. Set a timer or chimer for15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Sit with your eyes closed and exhale.
  5. Be still and know that God is (per the instructions in Psalm 46:10).
  6. Notice what you hear.
  7. Repeat at least daily. Twice is nice. Three times daily will work faster.
  8. Journal about your experience, thoughts, and body sensations.

Now, got stillness?  Read material that encourages your inner peacefulness, your Peace Within.  Write to me about your experiences. I look forward to hearing from you.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is also a stress management expert with a natural healing practice.. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available from her office in full-color print or full-color PDF versions.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .

 

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Upbeat Spiritual Living:  How Free Do You Feel?

October 14, 2017

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How free do you feel today?  What does “freedom” mean to you, or what could it mean?  If you are living in the US, then you know very well that this country was founded on principles of religious freedom.  And political freedom.  And economic freedom.  All those.  And the declaration of freedom, or Declaration of Independence, from the Mother country, Great Britain, was passed by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776.

So now, for over 241 years, this country has been committed to freedom, to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, for all.  The Declaration of Independence asserts that these are among certain inalienable rights given to all by our Creator, and that governments are obligated to protect those rights.  [Yes, women and Blacks were specifically re-assigned some of these rights in later legislation.]  We continue to refine ways to assure everyone really has those rights.  But stick with me:  do you feel free to pursue your life and happiness?

The fact is that each of us has a right to pursue our life choices as we please.  I have known people who exercised their right to choose in ways that seemed risky or even dangerous.  Think of Evel Knievel, the motorcycle stunt performer.  According to the Guiness Book of World Records, Knievel had had 20 crashes and 433 bone breaks by 1975. Asked why he was choosing this lifestyle, Knievel has said, “I really wanted to fly through the air.”  He was exercising his freedom to choose, to follow his passions.

Some argue the ultimate freedom is in the belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ.  With Christ, there is freedom from darkness.  Evel Knievel spoke passionately about his experience of Christ in 2007, on the Hour of Power, Robert H. Schuller’s television program (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt9lUXMFzIQ), broadcast from California’s Crystal Cathedral.  Knievel, obviously in ill health and struggling for breath, said there is no feeling like being filled with Jesus.  While he was speaking most excitedly, his breathing problem disappeared.  He said he was now seeking different things in his life, mainly his relationship with Jesus.  Only 8 months later, Knievel died, oddly not of his injuries, but of pulmonary fibrosis.  And he felt free.  He flew through the air, he became very rich, he married twice, he had 4 children, and he found a close relationship with the Divine.  He made the choices that gave him the kinds of freedom he wanted, at different parts of his life.

How free do you feel?  Are you exercising your right to pursue a fulfilling life?  Why not journal your thoughts, acknowledge what is holding you back, pray for help, and get going down your freedom road?  Why not start now?  Your life is waiting!

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

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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 Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available from her office in full-color print or full-color PDF versions.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .

 

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Upbeat Spiritual Living: Are You Afraid of Friday the Thirteenth?

October 13, 2017

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Are you afraid of Friday the Thirteenth?  Do you have a vague sense that bad things are likely to happen on that day?  When I was about 8, I heard kids talking fearfully about Friday the Thirteenth.  They said it was Bad Luck, which made no sense to me.  How could a day be bad luck? My birthday is October 13th, and that year, my birthday was landing on a Friday (as it is today—Happy Birthday me!).

This was my chance.  This was the year I started challenging “bad luck”.   Although I knew perfectly well that I had been born on a Monday, I started telling people that thirteen was my lucky number and that Friday the Thirteenth was an especially lucky day for me.  So:  my own little protest movement at a tender age.

As a teen, I discovered tall buildings didn’t have thirteenth floors! Even the elevator button for 13 was always missing.  I began to crave an apartment on the thirteenth floor.  This superstition about the number 13 became a fascination for me.

Ever hear of a Baker’s Dozen?  In bakeries, it used to be that if you bought a dozen of something, they gave you a thirteenth one free.  Also on the positive side for the number thirteen, there are thirteen moon cycles in a year, and a number of peoples have honored the number thirteen in different ways.  The Aztecs used a 13-day week, and the thirteenth day was ruled by a god named Tezcatlipoca, who represented mystery and magic.  The Greeks held the number thirteen to be powerful, as Zeus was the thirteenth and most powerful of their Gods. In Tarot cards, the Death card is associated with the number thirteen, plus the qualities of transition, change, new beginnings, and inevitability.

In the Christian tradition, a negative belief about the number thirteen goes back at least to the Last Supper.  Twelve apostles dined with Jesus, so there were thirteen diners.  The first one to leave, Judas, became also the first one to die.  In France, today, when there are thirteen dinner guests, some make an effort to get a fourteenth, a quatorzieme, to keep the event from being unlucky.

More powerful in cultural memory may be the date when the Knights Templar were banned and arrested across Europe: Friday, October 13th, 1307.  Many hundreds were violently killed during the campaign to eliminate the Templars.  In France, the Grand Master of the Spiritual Order of the Knights Templar, Jacques de Molay, and his successor, were burned to death on Friday, March 13th, 1314.  Terrible memories of Fridays the Thirteenth would have persisted for many years.  However, today, with historical memory mainly gone, all that remains is the fear of bad things happening.

So does the number thirteen now have any power for you?  Are you still afraid of any ill effects on any Friday the Thirteenth?  In the Bible, God said, “fear not” over 80 times.  We are not to live in fear, but to practice knowing more and more deeply that God is with us at all times.  In 2 Timothy 1:7, we are told (NIV),

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

So now, are you afraid of Friday the Thirteenth?  I hope not.  Hopefully, I’ve convinced you it’s just a calendar day with a storied number.  And let’s not allow a number to give us the creeps.  Let’s enjoy our spirit of power, our spirit of love, and our sound minds. Let’s live as we are meant to live.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

 

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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 Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available from her office in full-color print or full-color PDF versions.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .
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Upbeat Spiritual Living:  What’s Your Happy?

October 12, 2017

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Today we ask: What’s your Happy?  What does happiness mean to you?  Or what would it mean, if you had it?  Would it mean you were attractive, athletic, rich, or living in a particular locale?  American performer Margaret Young said,

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

When I was a child, I didn’t know people who were definitely happy.  I dreamed of being happy.  I dreamed of conflict-free peaceful days filled with enjoyment of natural environments, like gardens or forests.  I dreamed of a lot of happy solitude and creative projects.  Each decade of my life, I have become both more happy and more healthy.  In midlife, I found my soulmate, and we are joyfully married.  We enjoy our work.  We have many friends and fulfilling church and nonprofit activities.  We live in a quiet neighborhood, next to an area with huge trees, and I have developed our entire back yard into a Feng Shui Gardensm.  I love my healing and stress-management work.  My brain functions better than it ever did in younger years, and my health is much better than when I was young.  My happiness keeps getting deeper and more relaxed. I’m actually living my big dream from childhood!

Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, is also living his dream of Happy.  He has some fascinating observations about his own childhood.  I’ve heard him say that his family was living like it was the 1800’s, but everybody was happy-happy-happy.  Phil loves living in the country, hunting and fishing, making duck calls and attending church, and spending time with his family.  He had that lifestyle as a child, and he has cultivated a renewed version of that lifestyle as a patriarch.  Phil is “Happy-happy-happy”.

So what’s your Happy?  Would place, appearance, income, relationships, happy kids, pets, athletics, or weather be aspects of it?  Make notes to yourself of what your Happy is, or would be.  How close are you?  What would it take to go for it?

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

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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 Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available from her office in full-color print or full-color PDF versions.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .
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Upbeat Spiritual Living:  What’s the Most Important Moment of Your Life?

October 11, 2017

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A pithy question:  What is the most important moment of your life?  If you knew which moment this was, wouldn’t you pay great attention to it?  And would you possibly want to linger there?

Here is the answer: It’s NOW.  In Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm, we go for the best possible alignment among 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 only 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 “living in the past” is a popular  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? Only NOW.  There is a precious moment immediately before you that is available for your consciousness and your choices.  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.  So truly, NOW is the only moment when we can actually live.

I first saw this concept in 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

 

 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, not worrying about tomorrow?  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 must-do lists.  Let me know what shifts you notice.  Keep practicing living in the present.  And NOW you’re in Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

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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 Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.   Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available from her office in full-color print or full-color PDF versions.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .
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Upbeat Spiritual Living:  Can You Forgive Someone’s Hate?

October 10, 2017

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Can you forgive someone’s hate?  Recently, I had the joy of attending a retreat with Fr. William Meninger.  He is one of the most inspirational teachers of my life.  I had studied with Fr. William before, in a weekend retreat on The Process of Forgiveness.  This recent workshop was called, Seeing With the Eyes of the Heart.  I was praying for a heart-opening through this retreat day, and I got it.

The actual program was structured around understandings of contemplative prayer, a form of Christian meditation.  It was not a forgiveness workshop.  Yet, from this program, I got a huge key for forgiving hate.  Fr. William believes, as I do, that God loves everyone.  Everyone.  Absolutely everyone.  God loves us when we’re dirty, when we’re sobbing, and when we’ve made terrible wrong turns.  God loves us when we are overweight, when we waste food by burning it, and when we hurt others.

Fr. William talked about his feelings about the 911 disaster.  He said God told him to forgive.  He told God, “I will, but I need time to hate them first.”  It took him about a year to move into forgiveness.  Here is the key.  As Fr. William says, “Each person you can’t stand is beloved of God!”  And how can you hold resentment against someone God loves?

Fr. Thomas Keating, who gave life and shape to the modern contemplative prayer movement, has said,

There is nowhere you can go to find God, and there is nowhere you can go to escape Him.

We cannot be separate from God, and neither can those who destroy 4000 lives at once.  In a sense, we cannot be separate from the 911 pilots.  Each of them was beloved of God.  We cannot be separate from the mass shooters of the last several years.  Each of them was also beloved of God.

So we must declare a new day. We must choose to forgive, even if that’s hard, and even if it takes some time.  We must choose to live without the heavy burden of unforgiveness.  As Mother Teresa has said,

Yesterday has gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.

Will you try to unload the heavy burden of unforgiveness?  Will you try to begin?  It’s your life.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm.

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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 Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.   Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available from her office in full-color print or full-color PDF versions.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .
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